Obituaries

Thu
27
Aug

Evelyn C. Oliver

 

Evelyn C. Oliver, 93, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Atrium Care Center in Lancaster. 

She was born Nov. 24, 1921 in Vernon County, the daughter of Edward and Virginia (Taylor) Sletten. She married Merlin Oliver on Feb. 27, 1943 in Waukon, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1987. Together they farmed tobacco in the Bad Axe River Valley. Evelyn was an active member of the Bad Axe Lutheran Church. 

Thu
27
Aug

Patrica A. Smith

 

Patrica A. Smith, 72, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, at her residence in Prairie du Chien. 

Pat was born Feb. 23, 1943, in Lancaster, the daughter of Harley and Esther (Brandemuehl) Foster. On April 2, 1977, she married Dr. Clifford Smith. Together they spent many years raising Appaloosa horses in rural Prairie du Chien. Clifford preceded her in death on May 11, 2010. In later years, she enjoyed planting flowers, watching the birds and other wildlife that visited her home. Pat also enjoyed scrapbooking, card stamping, relaxing in the pool, and camping parties with her family at her home. 

Tue
25
Aug

David L. Swiggum

 

David L. Swiggum, 72, passed away Aug. 22, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. 

He was born Nov. 6, 1942 in Viroqua, to Rudolph and Mamie Swiggum. He graduated from Gays Mills High School in 1961 and joined the Navy where he served as a Portuguese interpreter. His tours of duty took him to South America and Africa. Health issues forced him out of the Navy and he lived in the La Crosse area most of the next 35 years. For the last 11 years, he was cared for by the Murfreesboro VA and Jake’s Assisted Living in Murfreesboro.

Tue
25
Aug

Pamella E. Smith

 

Pamella E. Smith of San Antonio, Texas was born to eternal life June 24.

Pam was born Nov. 19, 1939 in Prairie du Chien to Roger G. and Charlotte C. Steiner. Pam graduated from Prairie High in 1957. On Aug. 23, 1958 she married Vincent L. Tippery. To this union two children, Vincent Jr. and Rebecca Lynn were born. They divorced and Pam later married Lowell Smith. 

Pam was preceded in death by her husbands; her parents, Roger G. and Charlotte C. and her brothers Roger W. and Raoul G. Steiner. 

Mon
24
Aug

Laurel Lynn “Laurie” Burow

 

Laurel Lynn “Laurie” Burow, was called to her heavenly home on Aug. 17, at the age of 67. 

Laurel was the daughter of John and Alvida (Johnson) Reich and born into God’s family through Holy Baptism in 1948. She was united in marriage to Thomas Burow on Aug. 8, 1970 in Milwaukee.

Fri
21
Aug

Gerd Friedrich “Opa” Dudenbostel

 

Gerd Friedrich “Opa” Dudenbostel, 83, of Boscobel, died Monday, Aug. 17, at Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care, Viroqua. 

Gerd Friedrich Dudenbostel was born on Oct. 22, 1931 to Wilhelm and Helene (Söhlke) Dudenbostel in Gross Burgwegel, Germany. He was baptized and confirmed in Germany. 

Thu
20
Aug

William J. “Bill” Hubbard

 

William J. “Bill” Hubbard, 75, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, at his home surrounded by his family. 

Wed
19
Aug

Linda E. Hodgson

 

Linda E. Hodgson, 68, of Seneca passed away Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Lakeview Healthcare Center in West Salem, after an extended illness.

She was born June 26, 1947 in Eastman, the daughter of William and Mary (Becwar) Cody. She married Jack Hodgson in 1973 and they later divorced. She taught elementary school in Tennyson, and later in Wauzeka.

Tue
18
Aug

Gerd “Opa” Dudenbostel

 

Gerd “Opa” Dudenbostel, 83, of Boscobel, Wisconsin died Monday, August 17, 2015 at Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care, Viroqua, Wisconsin.

Visitation will be on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 5-8 pm at Thonburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and one hour before services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Salem United Methodist Church, Eastman, Wisconsin.

Burial will follow at National Cemetery, Eastman, Wisconsin with Military Rites.

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin is helping the family with the arrangements.

Tue
18
Aug

Marianne S. Picha

 

Marianne S. Picha, 62, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, Aug. 17, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical center in La Crosse, following a courageous battle with cancer. 

She was born April 28, 1953 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Louis and Mildred (Koresh) Spiker. She married Larry Picha in 1970 and he later preceded her in death in 2007. She worked at the Prairie du Chien Convalescent Center, the Memorial Hospital and later for Homeward Bound in Prairie du Chien. She was also involved for many years with the Heart and Cancer Telethon, March of Dimes, and several other charities. 

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