Obituaries

Wed
10
Jun

Laurie A. Bowar

 

Laurie A. Bowar, 61, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Freeport passed away unexpectedly Monday, June 8, at her home. 

She was born Nov. 16, 1953 in Freeport the daughter of Wallace and Anne (Brody) Floe. Laurie worked as a waitress for many years and later in retail sales. She worked as an office manager and administrative assistant in the wholesale distribution business. She married Jeffrey Bowar on June 11, 1993. Laurie’s greatest joy was spending time with family especially her grandchildren. 

Wed
10
Jun

Steven Francis Kozelka

 

Steven Francis Kozelka passed away Saturday, June 6, at the age of 37.

Steve, son of Frank Kozelka, was born on July 6, 1977, in Prairie du Chien, where he was raised and received his early education. Following graduation, he worked for Waste Management and then Miller Beer Company as a driver, both in Prairie du Chien. He started working for Peebles and was transferred to Spencer as a manager. Steve worked at Whittenburg Distributing which then became Doll Distributing. In January 2013, he started working for AG Partners.

Thu
04
Jun

Grant E. Ness

 

Grant E. Ness, 97, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of LaCrescent passed away Tuesday, June 2. 

Funeral services will be Friday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in LaCrescent, Minn. with burial in the Oakland Cemetery in Dresbach, Minn. Friends may call at the church on Friday, June 5, from 10 a.m. until the time of services. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family. 

Tue
02
Jun

Mary Lee (Halverson) Wachter

 

Former Wisconsin resident Mary Lee (Halverson) Wachter, born July 19, 1929, died peacefully in Tucson, Arizona, on May 14, 2015. Mary was born in Waterman, Ill., but quickly became a true Wisconsin native—raised in Bridgeport and Prairie du Chien. In 1949 she married Edgar “Buddo” Fernette in Prairie du Chien but was soon widowed in 1951. Five years later, she married Charles “Chan” Wachter who became her lifelong partner and loving father to their family. The Wachters moved to Janesville to raise the family where Chan worked for General Motors for 25 years.

Tue
02
Jun

Joseph F. Ingle

 

Joseph F. Ingle, 83, of Waverly, Iowa, formerly of Wauzeka, died Saturday, May 30, at Shell Rock Healthcare Center in Shell Rock, Iowa.

Joseph was born on May 8, 1932, in Wauzeka, the son of Juanita Evelyn (Weniger) and Mark Matthew Ingle. In 1952, Joe entered the United States Army, were he served during the Korean War, until his honorable discharge in 1954. 

Thu
28
May

Dorothy Halverson

 

Dorothy Halverson, 87, of McGregor, Iowa, passed away suddenly Tuesday, May 26.

Dorothy Rosemary Pfiffner was born Sept. 10, 1927, the daughter of Edmond and Clara (Miller) Pfiffner of Lansing, Iowa. Dorothy married Roger Halverson of Waukon, Iowa, and the couple moved to McGregor where they raised their three daughters. Dorothy was a housewife and businesswoman, operating Dorothy’s Beauty Salon out of her home in downtown McGregor for many years. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Church, and enjoyed crocheting, dancing to big band music and spending time with her family.

Tue
26
May

Myrna “Jean” Kelley

 

Myrna “Jean” Kelley, 78, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, May 24, at the Prairie Maison Health Center. 

She was born Nov. 19, 1936 in Bagley, the daughter of Myron and Marie (Ruh) Pace. 

She is survived by one daughter, Kathy (George) Hoffman of Wauzeka; one granddaughter, Katelyn Hoffman; one brother, Tom Pace of Bagley; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three siblings, Treva Trine, Lyle Pace and Shirley Satter.

Tue
26
May

Bridget A. Achenbach

 

Bridget A. Achenbach, 19, of Eastman passed away due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. 

Tue
26
May

James L. Hermsen

 

James L. Hermsen, 88, passed away Saturday, May 23, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster. 

He was born Oct. 5, 1926 the son of John and Clementine (Bohnenkamp) Hermsen. Jim graduated from Bloomington High School and was drafted into the United States Army, during the Korean Conflict. He returned home to farm in rural Bloomington. Jim was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 5 of Patch Grove. Jim was an avid sports fan, especially baseball and Green Bay Packer football. He was known for his great storytelling. Jim dearly enjoyed his family and keeping up with their activities.

Tue
26
May

Evelyn M. Shulka

 

Evelyn M. Shulka, 79, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, May 22, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, after a brief illness. 

She was born May 21, 1936 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Charles and Florence (Bovee) Sawvell. Evelyn was a successful local businesswoman who began the Skateway Roller Rink and later owned Prairie Mobile Homes. She also operated a local clothing store and furniture store. She loved to travel. 

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