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Tue
30
May

Michael “Mudhen” Donovan Day

Michael “Mudhen” Donovan Day, a nearly lifelong resident of Prairie du Chien, Wisc., peacefully transitioned into eternal life on May 27, 2023, just before the new dawn listening to “You Raise Me Up”. He was lifted up with love surrounded by family throughout his transition. Mike was born March 3, 1956, to Niles “Buck” Day and Norma (Gentes) Day. He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1974 and went on to commercial fish the mighty Mississippi River and various Wisconsin lakes for a number of years and became a Crew Leader at 3M for many years. 

Wed
24
May

June Petsche

June Petsche age 91 of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday January 4, 2023.
A Memorial Mass of Resurrection will be Friday, June 2, 2023 at 11:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Eastman, WI, with inurnment in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the Mass.  www.garrityfuneralhome.com

Wed
24
May

Joan M. Christ

Joan M. Christ, age 82 of Prairie du Chien passed away from colon cancer on Friday May 19, 2023, in her home with her two daughters by her side. She was born June 26, 1940, in Lancaster, Wisc., the daughter of Carl and Laura (Louthain) Williams. She married Charles Christ on October 6, 1960, in Cas Grande, AZ. Charles preceded in death on February 12, 2007.
 Joan was a member of the Prairie du Chien United Methodist Church. She loved to fish and spend time in her flower gardens. She also enjoyed crafting and traveling with her daughters. Most of all, she loved her dog, Murphy.

Wed
24
May

Thomas George Wolcott

Thomas George Wolcott, age 69, died Monday, May 15, 2023 at Benedictine Manor in La Crosse, Wisc.
Tom was born on September 16, 1953 to Glenn and Mildred (Eggleston) Wolcott at the former Beaumont Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wisc. Tom worked at the turkey plant in Postville, Iowa, Prairie Tool Company in Prairie du Chien, and last as a paper delivery man for Shopping News in Prairie du Chien. Tom was always tinkering with something. He enjoyed spending time with his children as much as he could and enjoyed visiting with family. He also loved talking on his CB radio and his handle was “Country Boy”. He really enjoyed country music. He was also an avid Chevy fan.

Sat
20
May

Anne E. Mezera

Anne E. Mezera, age 86 of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at Garden View Place in Monona. She was born July 26, 1936, the daughter of Anthony and Grace (Wall) Mezera. Anne grew up on Irish Ridge Road and would eventually teach in the one room schoolhouse there before going to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. There, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in education and continued to teach elementary school in Rockford, IL. Anne then moved closer to home to help care for her parents and further taught in the MFL Mar-Mac school district until retirement.

Tue
16
May

Samuel David Pellock

Samuel David Pellock, 32 of Prairie du Chien passed away on May 8th, 2023, peacefully in his home.  He was born August 9th, 1990, the son of Steve and Amy Pellock.  Upon graduation from Prairie High School, he worked as a union operating engineer for various firms in Iowa and Wisconsin running heavy equipment.  Sam loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, boating, and collecting sheds.  His close friends and family were the focal point of his life.  His generosity to others was unmatched, always willing to help a friend in need.  He was also an excellent carpenter when he worked with his grandfather building many pieces of fine furniture.

Tue
16
May

Anna Marie Payne

Anna Marie Payne, 74, of Eastman, Wisconsin died in her home on Sunday, May 7, 2023. She was born June 30, 1948 to Milo and Juanita (Smith) Harris.
Ann loved to read, do crossword puzzles, garden, and always kept the birds well fed; especially the hummingbirds.
She loved her simple country life on the farm with her husband, Gary “Wig” Payne. She and Wig were inseparable. Their kitchen table was the gathering place for many friends and family over the years. Always a place to laugh, joke, and have an Old Milwaukee of course. If by chance they did leave the farm, they enjoyed trips to the casino with friends.
Anna loved her grandkids and great grandkids and was a big part in caring for her grandchildren when they were young. She will be remembered for her love for her family, a warm heart, and big hugs.

Tue
16
May

Marie E. Stelpflug

Marie E. Stelpflug, age 96, of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at her home.  She was born on December 15, 1926, in Dubuque, IA, at Mercy Hospital, the daughter of John and Edith (Ferguson) Bornhauser.  Marie attended Sacred Heart School, Immaculate Conception Academy, and Mercy School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids, IA.  On September 12, 1953, she was united in marriage to Harold Stelpflug at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque, IA.  After their marriage, the couple farmed in Little Grant Township until 2000 when they moved to Lancaster.  He preceded her in death on June 25, 2012.  Marie was employed as a Registered Nurse with Xavier Hospital and Lancaster Care Center, retiring in 1976.  She enjoyed reading, praying the rosary, and spending time with her family, especially big family holiday gatherings.

Sun
14
May

Trisha L. Jones

Trisha L. Jones, 57, of Harpers Ferry, IA, died Tuesday, May 9, 2023, from injuries sustained in a workplace accident at 3M in Prairie du Chien, WI.
Trisha Louise Jones was born September 12, 1965, in Waukon, IA, the daughter of Thomas Sr. and Velma (Merchant) Weipert. She was baptized in the Catholic church and attended Waukon High School. When Trisha first met her husband, Howard, it was love at first sight. Together they had two sons, Ben and Levi, and finally married on May 27, 1989, at Sweet Ridge Lutheran Church in McGregor, IA, but were together 42 years in total.

Sun
14
May

Beverly A. LaRocque

Beverly A. LaRocque, age 78 of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, WI. She was born in Wabasha, MN on March 19, 1945, the daughter of Blake and Beatrice (Hadek) Graner. She grew up in Kellogg, MN on the family farm before moving to Rochester, MN to attend nursing training.

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