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Ronald D. Standorf


Ronald D. Standorf, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa died Thursday, Jan. 7, at home surrounded by those he loved.


Norma L. Brown


Norma L. Brown, 93, of Bloomington passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born Sept., 16, 1922 in Bagley, the daughter of Jesse and Iva (Gelstrup) McCollough, where she spent most of her child-hood years. She married Delbert Brown on June, 17, 1939. They lived in Bloomington, all their married life. Delbert preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 1985.


Benjamin Paul Santosh Combs


Benjamin Paul Santosh Combs was born in Satara, Maharashtra State in India on Oct. 4, 1989. He was placed in Preet Mandir orphanage by his birth mother in 1990 and she released him for adoption due to her deteriorating health. 

Benjamin arrived in the United States on April 23, 1993 and was introduced to his adoptive family. He was formally adopted into his new family on April 10, 1994. Ben lived with his family in Portland, North Dakota, Sedan, Kansas, Marshall, Missouri, Waukon, Iowa and then Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin where he graduated from high school in 2008.


Shirley A. Mulqueen


Shirley A. Mulqueen, 62, of Ferryville, passed away Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, after a brief illness. 

She was born Feb. 10, 1953 in Roseau, Minn. the daughter of Sylvester and Helen Kukowski. She married Earl Mulqueen in 2003. Shirley worked as a CNA for Prairie Maison Care Center in Prairie du Chien for the past 23 years. 


George H. Smrcina


George H. Smrcina, 83, of rural Waterville, Iowa, died Sunday, Dec. 27, at his home. 


Derrold Wayne Hartley


Derrold Wayne Hartley, 91, of Soldiers Grove, passed away Dec. 25, 2015, at Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care in Viroqua after a short illness.

He was born Dec. 31, 1923, in Richland County to Lloyd and Myrle (Smith) Hartley. On June 8, 1948, he was united in marriage to Ruth Brock in Richland Center.

A life-long farmer, Derrold farmed in Richland and Crawford counties his entire 91 years. He served on many farm related board of directors. He loved his family, friends and his farm. He enjoyed a good practical joke and lunch at the Kickapoo Corners.


Lorraine M. Hanson


Lorraine M. Hanson, 87, of rural Gays Mills and Seneca area, died on Friday, Dec. 18, at her home in rural Gays Mills.


Margaret Brandes


Margaret Brandes, 89, of Boscobel passed away on Monday, Dec. 14, at Boscobel Care and Rehab in Boscobel. 

She was born June 28, 1926 in Crawford County, the daughter of Fredrick and Dorothy (Hudson) Sander. She married Henry “Hank” Brandes on Feb. 26, 1949 in Wauzeka.


Edward “Ed” Walech


 Edward “Ed” Walech, 94, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of Dubuque, passed away Dec. 12.

He was born Dec. 3, 1921, to Nick Walech and Genevieve (Rupp) Walech in Dubuque. Ed was a Veteran of World War II. He worked for H&W Motor Express in Dubuque for over 34 years, retiring at the end of 1981. He served for 43 years on General Drivers Credit Union and 30 years on teamster union board. 


Joyce Marie Fernette



Joyce Marie Fernette, 80, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, following a brief illness. 

She was born March 27, 1935 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Lawrence and Agnes (Gokey) Fernette. She worked as a data processor assistant boss for Farwell Ozman and Kirk Wholesalers in St. Paul, Minn. She later worked for West Publishing in St. Paul until her retirement. She was a member of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502. 


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