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15
Apr

Earl W. Miller

Earl W. Miller, age 91, of Faribault, Minn., passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Faribault Senior Living.

Earl Walter was born on July 5, 1927, on his family’s farm in McGregor, to Carl and Marguerite (Zahn) Miller.  

Mon
08
Apr

Beth Abel

Beth took orders from no one. Except God. Her physical work here is done and her journey as an angel watching over us has begun.

Beth Abel, 35, of Marquette,  died on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Beth was born on Sept. 20, 1983, to Roger and Janette (Brown) Carlson in Prairie du Chien, Wis. She graduated from MFL MarMac in Monona in 2002.

Beth received her AAS in accounting from NICC Calmar in 2004 and, in September of 2005, Beth began her career at Peoples State Bank where she held many positions, including her last as a bookkeeper in the operations department at the main office. It wasn’t long before her co-workers knew Beth was family.

Wed
27
Mar

Arlene Crider

Arlene Crider, 87, of Eldorado, died Friday, March 22, 2019 at Maple Crest Manor, Fayette. 

She was born July 9, 1931 to Lewis and Amanda (Stray) Ruroden at home on the farm in Fayette County. Arlene was baptized and confirmed at East Clermont Church in Clermont. She attended country school at Marion Township #3 Groth and graduated from Elgin High in 1950. Arlene was united in marriage with James Crider on Jan. 5, 1951, in Caledonia, Minn. Two children were born to this union. Arlene worked as a bookkeeper at Big Gain Feed for 25 years, Schwans, Landis Fertilizer and Carpenter and Craft, all in West Union. She also babysat in many homes for years and they called her “Grandma” and “Ene.”

Mon
04
Mar

Edward Carl Davies

Edward Carl Davies, 70, of McGregor, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Davenport. 

He was born on Sept. 19, 1948, in McGregor, to Earl and Elsie (Reinhardt) Davies and attended Mar-Mac High School, graduating in 1966. A life-long lover of water, Ed enjoyed spending as much time as possible on the Mississippi River during his childhood. The majestic power of the river would be an influence on Ed for the rest of his life. 

Fri
01
Mar

Paul Fiddler

Paul Fiddler, 97, of McGregor, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at Prairie Maison under hospice care in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

He was the son of Michael and Jennie (Albright) Fiddler. Paul was baptized and confirmed Catholic. He attended school in Blue Earth, Minn..

Paul was united in marriage with Delores Radermaker on Aug. 2, 1950, in Butler, Kan. He farmed before being drafted into the United States Army on Dec. 18, 1944. Paul served six months in the South Pacific, before being discharged on Jan. 31, 1946. He was at the signing of Japan Peace Treaty.

Mon
25
Feb

Zelma L. Moore

Zelma L. Moore, 93, of McGregor, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Zelma Louene “Percie” Moore, the daughter of Percy Roy and Zelma Marie (Huber) Freeman, was born Jan. 1, 1926, in Norwood, Ohio.  

She was baptized and confirmed on March 24, 1940, at the Congregational Church in McGregor. She graduated from McGregor High School in 1943 and was the co-valedictorian of her class. Percie was united in marriage with Kenneth James Moore on July 13, 1946, at the Congregational Church in McGregor. Percie worked as an usher at the McGregor Theater, was a telephone operator, worked at Vick’s Grocery Store, was an office manager at Brooks-Teaser Insurance and worked at Star Milk Coolers.  

Mon
04
Feb

Marjorie Mae Cook

Marjorie Mae Cook, 91, of Marquette, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Marjorie was born June 22, 1927 to Raymond Henry and Winifred (Boyle) Fields. When Marjorie was a child, she rode a sled downhill in Marquette, off the bench and walked to school. She graduated from Marquette High School in 1945.

Tue
22
Jan

Gene Klinge

Bring your best memories and stories to share as the family of Gene Klinge celebrates his life on Jan. 26, at 1:30 p.m., in a place very special to him, the gymnasium which bears his name at West Central Community School in Maynard. The family is looking forward to visiting with everyone prior to the service from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

In the spirit of the occasion, the family requests those attending wear their favorite school apparel, be it Blue Devil blue, Indian orange, Hawkeye black and gold or even Minnesota Viking purple, or camouflage would be appropriate. If you’d rather, feel free to wear his signature red or orange socks in his honor.

Thu
10
Jan

Marjorie A. Goldsmith

Marjorie A. Goldsmith, 89, of McGregor, formerly of Earlville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

Marjorie Ann Wells was born March 12, 1929, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Leslie and Ruth (Alexander) Wells. She married Willis Thuman in June 1948 in Oskaloosa, and he passed away in 1962. On Dec. 28, 1963, she married Alfred Goldsmith in Stone City. Marjorie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where she enjoyed her church family and activities. She enjoyed baking, sewing and especially being with her family. She will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her.

Thu
10
Jan

Jeffrey John Hemmer

Jeffrey John Hemmer, 53, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., walked back into the arms of the Maker on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, after an extended illness. 

He was born on Sept. 27, 1965, in Prairie du Chien, Wis., the son of Harold Thomas and Donna (Leard) Hemmer. Jeffrey graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1984. He married the lady who made his heart sing, Paula (Gjetley-Kautman), on March 14, 1987, and they spent the next three decades cultivating their love and nurturing their growing family. 

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