Obituaries

Tue
12
Apr

Antoinette Marie “Toni” Otto (Panka)

 

Antoinette Marie “Toni” Otto (Panka), 94, of Sun City West, Ariz. passed away, Friday, April 1, in the comfort of her home.

Toni, daughter of Peter and Antoinette (Schoeffer) Panka was born on March 23, 1922, raised, and attended school in Prairie du Chien and graduated from College of Saint Teresa with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Tue
12
Apr

Deborah J. Brown

 

Deborah J. Brown, 63, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, April 11, at her home following an extended illness. 

She was born Aug. 18, 1952 in La Crosse, the daughter of Charles and Ruby (Anderson) Knudson. She married Ricky Brown on July 2, 1991 in South Tahoe City, Calif. Debbie worked as a medical transcriptionist for healthcare facilities in Oklahoma City, Davenport, LaCrosse, Prairie du Chien and Chippewa Falls. She enjoyed traveling and making her home in the country. She was a pet lover, especially her cats. 

Mon
11
Apr

Shirley M. Greene

 

Shirley M. Greene, 80, of Janesville, died Sunday, April 10, at Huntington Place. 

She was born on Nov. 29, 1935 in Eastman, the daughter of John and Carrie (Stluka) Osthoff. Shirley enjoyed playing the coronet in the band at Seneca High School, from which she graduated in 1953. She was employed at GMAD, retiring in 2003. After her retirement, she enjoyed spending many happy times with her grandchildren. 

Mon
11
Apr

Dale L. Konichek

 

Dale L. Konichek, 68, of Mt. Hope passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 7, at his home. 

He was born Feb. 1, 1948 in Prairie du Chien the son of Lloyd and Lillian (Novak) Konichek. He served in the US Navy aboard the Carrier Independence. Dale worked at 3M Company and later MPC in Prairie du Chien. He was also trained as a farrier and loved horses. Dale later worked at Bituma Store as a welder. 

Mon
11
Apr

John Francis Walz

 

John Francis Walz, 94, passed away peacefully at home in Columbus, Wis. on Tuesday, April 5.

John was born in Lynxville, March 22, 1922. His parents were Loretta and Frank Walz. He had 2 brothers Thomas and George, and one sister Elizabeth. 

John was married to Caroline Marie Duha on Feb. 22, 1943. They had twelve children. He was divorced and remarried to Binnie J. Summers on Oct. 18, 1980. Binnie had 5 children.

Fri
08
Apr

Steven D. Cox

 

Steven D. Cox, 61, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, April 5. 

He was born Aug. 16, 1954 in Baraboo, the son of Orville and Darlene (Burris) Cox. He married Linda Tangney on May 4, 1979 in North Freedom. Steve was retired from the Canadian Pacific Railroad and was currently employed at Kwik Trip in Prairie du Chien. 

Fri
08
Apr

Glenna M. Schwenn

 

On April 7, Glenna M. Schwenn, daughter of Ed and Edith Mehne, passed away of complications from cancer.

Born Jan. 30, 1926 in Almond, Wis., she and her older sister, Kathleen, were raised in farm life. She met Lee W. Schwenn at a dance, and were married Jan. 16, 1947. After their son, William “Skip,” was born on Lee’s birthday Dec. 23, 1948, she elected to devote herself full-time to making and nurturing her family’s home life. She injected her own unique style of enthusiasm and adventure into her marriage and parenthood, shaping ordinary activities into fun events. After Skip moved into adulthood, she learned and performed volunteer nursing assistance duties at a local hospital.

Fri
08
Apr

Mary C. Kapinus

 

Mary C. Kapinus, 70, of Wauzeka died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 6, at the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

She was born June 12, 1945 in Platteville, the daughter of George and Eva (Udelhoven) Pennekamp. She married William Kapinus on Oct. 2, 1965 in Tennyson. Mary worked at Rayovac in Fennimore, for over 29 years until her retirement. She enjoyed Bingo and was a member of the Red Hat Society. Her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren. 

Tue
05
Apr

Patricia E. Wachuta

 

Patricia E. Wachuta, 93, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, April 4, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa.

She was born March 6, 1923 in Eastman, the daughter of John and Margaret (Wall) Phillip. She married Clifford Wachuta on June 6, 1949 at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. She was a graduate of the La Crosse Teacher’s College and later taught in rural schools near Eastman for 7 years. She and Clifford farmed in rural Prairie du Chien. Her husband preceded her in death on April 24, 1979. Patricia was active in 4H, the Homemaker’s Association, the Head Start Program, Wisconsin First Book, St. Gabriel’s Parish and the Lower Wisconsin River Genealogy Society.

Mon
04
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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