Obituaries

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Robert "Bobby" William Connell

 

Robert “Bobby” William Connell, 79, of Marquette, Iowa, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at the Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

Robert was born on Jan. 8, 1935, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Frank and Elizabeth (Gallagher) Connell. Robert’s father passed away before his birth.

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Feb

Walter Skaife

 

Walter D. Skaife, 96, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

He was born Aug. 23, 1917 in Waterloo Township, the son of Jesse and Carrie (Wilhelm) Skaife. He married Arleen Nagle on April 7, 1945 at St. Mary’s Church in La Crosse. Together they farmed for many years in the Patch Grove area and Walt later retired from 3M Company in Prairie du Chien. He was a talented woodworker and craftsman. 

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19
Feb

Barbara Petersen

 

Barbara K. Petersen, 74, a longtime Janesville resident, passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, Feb. 12, at Mercy Hospital & Trauma Center Emergency Dept. 

She was born June 9, 1939 in Winona, Minn., the daughter of the late Harold E. and Faye V. (Withey) Clausen. On April 4, 1959 she married Adolph H. Petersen in Lynxville. They moved to Janesville, where they started their family. Barbara had worked at Prent Corp. for 10 years. Her greatest role came as wife and mother, and took great pride in being able to be a stay-at-home mom.

Tue
18
Feb

Daniel B. Garrity

 

 A well known regional businessman, Daniel B. Garrity, 67, of Bloomington, Minn. died unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 13. 

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18
Feb

Eunice G. Enke

 

Eunice G. Enke, 94, formerly of Prairie du Chien, died Friday, Feb. 14, at St. Anne Extended Healthcare in Winona, Minn. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her loving family.

Thu
13
Feb

Thomas Foley

Thomas Patrick Foley, 28, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at his home in Rochester from complications due to DuChenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Tom was born Aug. 5, 1985, in Rochester, Minn., to Steve and Cheryl (McManamy) Foley. 

Tom enjoyed spending time with his family and seeing his nieces and nephews. He would watch Twins baseball and pro-wrestling with his brother, Kent. He was a 2004 graduate of Century High School. 

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13
Feb

Geneva Burckhart

Geneva C. Burckart, 82, of Houston, Minn., and formerly of Monona, Iowa, died on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

She was born on Sept. 26, 1931, in Green Island, Iowa, to Eugene and Edith (McMahon) Ottaway. Geneva married Frederick Burckart on May 25, 1948, in Elkader, Iowa.

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13
Feb

Dorothy Cooley

 Dorothy I. Cooley, age 92, of Lancaster, died on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster.  She was born on July 3, 1921, the daughter of Henry and Wealthy (Retallick) Robinson. The oldest of ten children, she spent her life in Grant County.  After leaving grade school at age thirteen, Dorothy worked as a household helper and babysitter for various families.  On May 16, 1939, she was united in marriage to Stanley Cooley at the Methodist Parsonage in Lancaster.  Two children were born to this union:  Stephen and Evelyn.  Together, they spent their life farming until selling the farm and moving to Lancaster.  Dorothy was a member of the Lancaster Art Club.

Tue
11
Feb

D. Mark Lochner

 

D. Mark Lochner, MD, 67, of Waupaca, loving husband to Catherine (Thomas) Lochner and amazing father to his five children, died peacefully after a courageous four year battle with ALS on Monday, Feb. 10, in his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Nov. 15, 1946 in Prairie du Chien, son of Donald and Norma (Saunders) Lochner, the second eldest of twelve children. He graduated from Campion Jesuit High School in 1964. He attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating in 1968. He went on to attend the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Medicine followed by a three year residency in Family Medicine, also in Madison.

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11
Feb

Kent Foley

 

Kent Thomas Foley, 31, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 6, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester from complications due to DuChenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Kent was born April 24, 1982 in Rochester, Minn. to Steve and Cheryl (McManamy) Foley.

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