Obituaries

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Apr

Clement L. Stram

 

 Clement L. Stram, 83, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, April 3, at his home surrounded by his family after a brief illness. 

He was born Nov. 4, 1932 in Prairie du Chien the son of Leo and Birdie (Koecke) Stram. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Clem married Jacqueline Kasparek on Sept. 27, 1955 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He worked at National Decorated Metals and the FS Plant in Prairie du Chien. He later retired after many years with the Crawford County Highway Department. Clem was a renowned fisherman, hunter and trapper. He was a devoted family man and an active member of St. Gabriel’s Parish. 

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04
Apr

Renee Jean (Horstman) Hampton

 

Renee Jean (Horstman) Hampton, 52, Prairie du Chien, died Friday, March 25, at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse from injuries received in an automobile accident. 

Renee was born June 27, 1963 to Donald Horstman and Mary (Koch) Horstman in Fort Benning, Ga. Renee attended Guttenberg High School. Renee married William (Bill) Hampton on June 27, 2003. Renee had one son from a previous marriage, Philip Reed.

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04
Apr

Merrill McMillin

 

Merrill McMillin, 83, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, April 2, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. 

He was born April 16, 1932 in McGregor, Iowa the son of Clarence and Leona (Tangeman) McMillin. He married Margaret Charvat on May 16, 1981 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman. She preceded him in death on July 10, 2011. Merrill worked as a farmer and later as a cheesemaker for Swiss Valley Farms in Monona, Iowa. He was an active member of St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman. 

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04
Apr

Albena Mary Sutton

 

Albena Mary Sutton, 103, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, March 31, at Four Winds Manor in Verona, surrounded by family.

She was born Dec. 30, 1912 in Wauzeka, the daughter of Mathias and Mary (Kracha), the seventh child of eleven children. She graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1931 and studied nursing at Prairie Sanitarium in Prairie du Chien until it closed in 1934. Albena married LaVern Sutton on Aug. 26, 1933 at St. Patrick’s Church, Seneca and together they farmed and raised five children until LaVern’s death on Oct. 6, 1956.

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04
Apr

Constance M. “Connie” Esser

 

Constance M. “Connie” Esser, 74, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, April 1, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien following an extended illness. 

She was born May 17, 1941 in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Virgil and Mildred (Kussmaul) Bushnell. She married Henry “Buzz” Esser on Sept. 28, 1963 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Connie worked in medical records for several different healthcare facilities in Prairie du Chien and was a member of the Eagles Club Auxiliary. 

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01
Apr

Terry Vincent “TC” Clements

 

Terry Vincent “TC” Clements, 64, passed away at his home in Sparta, on Wednesday, March 30, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. 

He was born April 17, 1951, in Prairie du Chien to Paul and Helen (McCauley) Clements. 

Terry was a very hard worker. Starting in 1969 when he graduated from Prairie du Chien High School, he always had a project that needed to be done. He started working at 3M in Prairie du Chien in 1970, and thereafter retired in 1999. Terry then moved to La Crosse, and became a self-employed contractor.

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01
Apr

Roger Eugene Yanna

 

Roger Eugene Yanna, 81, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, March 31, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. 

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29
Mar

Leonard “Lennie” G. Schmidt

 

Leonard “Lennie” G. Schmidt, 93, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of Bloomington, passed away Thursday, March 24, surrounded by his loving family at Crossing Rivers Health Center in Prairie du Chien. 

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25
Mar

Bobbie J. Ostrander

 

Bobbie J. Ostrander, 87, of Eastman passed away Thursday, March 24, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, Iowa.

He was born July 15, 1928 in Lynxville, the son of John and Estella (Huard) Ostrander. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Carolyn Bailey on Oct. 1, 1955 in Prairie du Chien. Bobbie worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad for 58 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Fisher- Lechnir- Wall Post 252 of Eastman. In his spare time Bobbie loved to fish. 

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24
Mar

Allen G. Lanke

 

Allen G. Lanke, 80, of Plover, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at Care Partners.

He was born on Aug. 14, 1935, in Prairie du Chien, to the late Lawrence and Helen (Allen) Lanke and served in the U.S. Navy from Oct. 22, 1953, until his honorable discharge on Oct. 11, 1957.

On Oct. 24, 1959, he was married to Mary Alice Diederich at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Milwaukee. She died on Oct. 31, 2015.

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