Obituaries

Thu
14
Apr

Edward Prew

 

Edward Prew, 72, of McGregor, Iowa passed away Tuesday, April 12, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

He was born July 1, 1943 in Eastman, the son of Paul and Laurayne (Phillip) Prew. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War in bridge construction and as a demolition expert. He married Christine Preston on Feb. 24, 1968 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He worked for Stark’s Sport Shop and built silos with Jones Construction. Ed later farmed in the Prairie du Chien area. Chris and Ed then owned and operated a cleaning service in Prairie du Chien for several years. Chris preceded him in death on Sept. 10, 2015.

Wed
13
Apr

Randi Louise Harris

 

Randi Louise Harris, 65 of Postville, died Monday, April 11, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa after a brief illness. 

Randi was born on Feb. 2, 1951 to Leo Roger and Lillian Irene (Monson) Harris in Postville. She graduated from Postville High school, attended the University of Northern Iowa and received her nursing degree at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa.

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. 

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