Obituaries

Fri
10
Oct

Ernest (Ernie) M. Otteson

 

Ernest (Ernie) M. Otteson, 87, of Osage, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, Oct.8, at the Faith Home in Osage, after an extended illness.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, October 13, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, with burial in Calvary Cemetery both in Prairie du Chien. Military honors will be held graveside by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage, Iowa. There will also be visitation one hour before services at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church. www.champion-bucheitfuneralhome.com

Mon
06
Oct

Beverly Grace Copsey

 

Beverly Grace Copsey, 83, died on Saturday Oct. 4, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. 

Beverly was born on Feb. 10, 1931 in Ferryville, the daughter of James and Berneta (Bross) Johnston. Beverly was united in marriage to Roy Copsey on Aug. 6, 1949 at the Freeman Lutheran Church in Ferryville. 

Mon
06
Oct

James (Jim) LeRoy Cowell

 

 James (Jim) LeRoy Cowell, 84, of McGregor, Iowa, died Friday, Oct. 3, at his home. 

His parents were Harley and Thelma (Powell) Cowell of the Big Foot area in Allamakee County, near the town of Volney. Jim was born there April 2, 1930. After graduating from Luana High School in 1949, Jim served in the U.S. Army. Jim was married to Joi Rainbolt on Feb. 16, 2008, at First Lutheran (Swede Ridge) Church in McGregor. Over the years, he worked at Agri Industries in McGregor, GenCor Bituma in Marquette, and at the Pattison Sand Mine Company in Clayton. Jim retired in 1992 but kept busy in his small blacksmith and welding shop at home making repairs for countless friends and neighbors. 

Mon
06
Oct

Francis Harry Peters

 

Francis Harry Peters, 82, of Monona, Iowa died Wednesday, Oct. 1, at his home. 

He was born Jan. 11, 1932 to Harry and Freida (Hertrampf) Peters on the home farm in Linton Township, rural Monona. Francis graduated eighth grade from country school and went right into farming.

Mon
06
Oct

Clement R. Wachuta, Sr.

 

 Clement R. Wachuta, Sr., 89, of Prairie du Chien, passed from this life on Friday, Oct. 3, after a brief bout with pneumonia, with loving family members by his side. 

Born in Prairie du Chien on Dec. 15, 1924, Clem is the son of Edward V. and Helen C. (Lechnir) Wachuta. He was preceded in death by his beloved sister Dorothy (Walter “Bob”) Folbrecht and brother Robert (Donna St. Jacques) Wachuta of Fort Atkinson.

Mon
06
Oct

Dianne G. (Zinkle) Bird

 

Dianne G. (Zinkle) Bird, 80, of Seneca passed away Friday, Oct. 3, at Bluffview Memory Care in Holmen. 

She was born Aug. 8, 1934 the daughter of Aloysius and Gertrude (Schmidt) Zinkle. She married the love of her life, Ronnie Bird, on Oct. 19, 1953, in Boscobel. They farmed in the Seneca area since 1960. Her goal in life was to serve others. Family and friends knew this better than most. She looked forward to family milestones, deer hunting and Christmas; because family would surround her. She taught love and patience and was an excellent example of how a wife and mother should live.

Wed
01
Oct

Lawrence "Jack" N. Colsch

 

 Lawrence “Jack” N. Colsch, 89, of Richland Center died Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Tomah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Mon
29
Sep

Rose "Rosie" Marie Dworak

 

Rose “Rosie” Marie Dworak, 87, of La Crosse, died Thursday, Sept. 25, in her home. 

She was born in Prairie du Chien, on Feb. 2, 1927, to David R. and Rose (White) Gentes. She married Lyle J. Dworak on Aug. 7, 1948, in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Prairie du Chien, and celebrates 65 years of marriage.

Fri
26
Sep

Kathryn (Kay) Frances Kozelka

 

Kathryn (Kay) Frances Kozelka, 64, was called to heaven on Sept. 23, after a long battle with cancer. She fought with grace and courage, always staying positive and living each day to the fullest. 

She was born on Jan. 2, 1950, to Kenneth and Mary (Sabins) DuCharme. She grew up in rural Seneca, where she was proud to be raised on a farm, making memories with her brothers. Family remained the most important thing to Kay throughout her life. 

Fri
26
Sep

John William Wilkinson

 

John William Wilkinson, 78, of Mt. Hope, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. 

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