Obituaries

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Jun

Etha Geraldine "Gerry" Blank

 

Etha Geraldine “Gerry” Blank, 83, of Guttenberg passed away Wednesday, June 11, at the River Living Center in Guttenberg. 

She was born Nov. 27, 1930 in Chariton, Iowa the daughter of Clint and Stella (Steele) Foster. 

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12
Jun

Mel Peter "Pete" Steele

 

Mel Peter “Pete”Steele, 74, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, June 11, at the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, after a brief illness. 

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09
Jun

Otis Duane Coleman

 

Otis Duane Coleman, 66, Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, June 1, at his home in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born on Dec. 20, 1947 to John J. and Verona (Dilley) Coleman in Crawford County. Otis attended school through the eighth grade in Bridgeport.

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09
Jun

Raymond J. Krachey

 

Raymond J. Krachey, 76, of Wauzeka passed away Friday, June 6, at his home surrounded by his family. 

He was born Jan. 4, 1938 in Wauzeka the son of Walter and Irma (Sutton) Krachey. He married Lucille Swatek on Oct. 18, 1958 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman. She preceded him in death on Jan. 16, 2003. Ray farmed his entire life on the family farm in rural Wauzeka. 

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09
Jun

Jean Crubel

 

Jean Marie Crubel, 83, of Bloomington, passed away on Friday, June 6, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born on Aug. 9, 1930, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Charles and Marie (Tesar) Draka. On Feb. 5, 1951, Jean married Gerald “Jerry” Crubel at St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 2000. Together they farmed near Bloomington for many years. Jean was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington. She enjoyed reading, cooking, spending time with her family, friends, and especially all of her grandchildren.

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29
May

Donald G. McCloskey

 

Donald G. McCloskey, 88, passed away on Thursday, May 15, at Agrace HospiceCare from cancer. 

He was born March 7, 1926, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Helen M. (Gunderson) and Clement E. McCloskey. Don married Irene W. (Hill) on April 10, 1950, and they shared 52 love-filled years until Irene’s death in Sept., 2002. 

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29
May

Margaret Schmidt

 

Margaret Schmidt, 91, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Tuesday, May 13. Margaret was the wife of the late Walter C. Schmidt. Services were held May 17 at Peace Catholic Church.

 
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29
May

Jerry P. "Blackie" Lessard

 

Jerry P. “Blackie” Lessard, beloved brother, father and grandfather, 64 of Prairie du Chien passed away peacefully Monday, May 26, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 2, 1950 in Prairie du Chien the son of George and Marie (Andrews) Lessard. Blackie worked for Farm Service Company in Prairie du Chien, but his real passion was fishing the Mississippi River, working as a commercial fisherman. 

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29
May

Donna J. De Groot

 

Donna J. De Groot, 59, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, May 26, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

She was born Jan. 7, 1955 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Lester and Christie (Aspenson) Nagel. She was a graduate of Wauzeka High School in 1973. She married Dale De Groot on Sept. 6, 1980 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien. 

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29
May

John R. Kernan

 

John R. Kernan, 97, of Cambridge, Minn. passed away Sunday, May 25, at Grace Pointe Living in Cambridge, Minn. 

He was born July 18, 1916 the son of James and Mary (Shields) Kernan. He married Iona Coorough on May 3, 1943 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. She preceded him in death on Oct. 21, 2002. 

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