Obituaries

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07
Mar

Lillian M. Konichek

 

Lillian M. Konichek, 89, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, March 4, at her home surrounded by her family. 

She was born May 3, 1926 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Vincent and Louise (Konichek) Novak. She married Lloyd Konichek on June 7, 1947 at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 1993. She was a lifetime member at St. John’s and worked for many years in the bakery for the Piggly Wiggly Store. Lillian and Lloyd were past members of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502. 

Mon
07
Mar

Robert J. “Rowdy” Rowley

 

Robert J. “Rowdy” Rowley, 80, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, March 4, at his home surrounded by his family after an extended illness. 

He was born Oct. 17, 1935 in Cottage Grove, the son of Oscar and Virginia (Angus) Rowley. He served in the US Marines during the Korean Conflict. He married Diane Clements on Sept. 23, 1978 at St. Peter’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Rowdy worked as a disc jockey for a La Crosse radio station and later became a plant manager for Prairie Redi-Mix in Prairie du Chien. He owned and operated Rowdy’s Tavern in Prairie du Chien for 26 years until his retirement. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and enjoyed playing golf at the Barnyard Nine. 

Mon
29
Feb

Evelyn B. Seeley

 

Evelyn B. Seeley died Feb. 26, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, after an extended illness. 

She was born Oct. 15, 1933, to Alfred and Anne (Maly) Sawall in Ottumwa, Iowa, and adopted by Louis and Bertha (Cabalka) Blaha of Cedar Rapids. She graduated from Wilson High School and Coe College. She and James W. Seeley were married June 2, 1957. Evelyn was a teacher and choir director and very active in her churches. She had a passion for music, gardening, birds, and her many dogs. 

Mon
29
Feb

Janet I. Smethurst

 

Janet I. Smethurst, 85, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Feb. 25. 

She and “Will” are crossing the Rainbow Bridge together. She was born July 11, 1930 in Brodtville, the daughter of Milo and Velma (Sitts) Bean. She married Will Smethurst on June 27, 1951 and he later preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2006. Jan worked as a driver and cook for the Crawford County Head Start Program, and later as a switchboard operator for the Crawford County Administration Building. After her retirement she worked at Betty’s Hallmark in the Commerce Court Mall. 

Mon
29
Feb

Albert “Al” Bouzek

 

Albert “Al” Bouzek, 83, of Marion, passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, at Crestview Acres Care Facility in Marion. 

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29
Feb

Georgeine McCloskey

 

Georgeine McCloskey, 94, of Wauzeka, passed away Friday, Feb. 26, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born Feb. 6, 1922 in Wauzeka, daughter of George and Mary Ellen (Nugent) McCloskey. She taught at the Dutch Ridge School and later retired from the United States Postal Service after 32 years of service. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Church in Wauzeka.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Marnell McCloskey; two sisters, Lucille Doll and Marian McCloskey along with a half sister Myrtle Vogt.

Mon
29
Feb

Martin L. “Marty” Ohlert

 

 Martin L. “Marty” Ohlert, 75, of Prairie du Chien passed away on his 75th birthday Friday, Feb. 26. 

He was born Feb. 26, 1941 in Prairie du Chien the son of LeRoy and Zola (Martin) Ohlert. He served in the US Army. Marty married Alice Snyder on Feb. 10, 1974 in Coon Valley. He worked as an interior designer for Statz Home Furnishings and later sold drapery for the Countryside Workshop. Most recently Marty worked in mobile home sales. 

Fri
26
Feb

Pamela Sue (Johnson) Freitag

 

Pamela Sue (Johnson) Freitag, 54, passed away at Central Community Hospital on Feb. 23, after battling a life-long illness. 

She was born in Hinsdale, Ill., to Paul L. and Betty L. (Pust) Johnson on Aug. 7, 1961. She was a graduate of Central Community School and attended Kirkwood Community College. On April 4, 1981 she married Dennis Freitag at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkader. To this union, a daughter, Ann Marie was born.

Fri
26
Feb

Eric F. Temte

 

 Eric F. Temte, 79, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. 

Tue
23
Feb

Elmer D. Queram

 

Elmer D. Queram, formerly of Prairie du Chien, died on Feb. 21, at Onalaska Care Center, Onalaska.

Elmer was born in Milwaukee, on Dec. 26, 1916, the first of six children of Albert and Anna Queram. The family moved to Manitowoc, where his father died in Aug., 1926, leaving his mother to raise the six children. She, along with the help of family and friends, and working as a housekeeper, managed somehow.

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