Obituaries

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13
Feb

Fred 'Duke' Plondke

Fred R. “Duke” Plondke, 85, of Bagley, passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. 

He was born on May 14, 1934, the son of Adolph and Maxine (Houghton) Plondke. 

Mon
10
Feb

Roger Becwar

Roger J. Becwar, 88, of Eastman, passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. 

Mon
10
Feb

Norrine (Zlabek) Jellen

Norrine Jellen (nee: Zlabek), 85, of Lisle, Ill., passed Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, at Seasons Hospice in Berwyn, Ill. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Mon
10
Feb

Leslie P. Leirmo

Leslie P. Leirmo, 99, of rural Ferryville, Freeman Township, died on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at the Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care in Viroqua. 

He was born on Oct. 27, 1920, to Chris and Clara (Aberg) Leirmo. 

Mon
10
Feb

Mary Elizabeth Wales

Mary Elizabeth Wales, 74, of Gays Mills, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. 

Born Sept. 20, 1945, in Tabor City, N.C., to Mayo and Edith Milligan, came a gentle soul with a heart bigger than the body in which it dwelt.

Mon
10
Feb

Stephen L. Mercaitis

Stephen Lawrence Mercaitis, 71, of Mt. Hope, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at 2:55 p.m. after a lengthy illness.

Mon
10
Feb

Marlys Pfeiffer

Marlys Kathleen Pfeiffer, 91, of McGregor, Iowa, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon, Iowa, with her family at her side. 

Tue
04
Feb

Cary O. Turner

Cary O. Turner, 61, of Onalaska, formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Janesville. 

He was born on July 15, 1958, in Boscobel, the son of Richard and Madonna (Hill) Turner. 

Cary was united in marriage to Laurie Conner on Aug. 25, 1986, in Las Vegas, Nev. Cary graduated from Iowa-Grant High School, then attended Southwest Tech in Fennimore, where he obtained his auto body degree. In 1980, after working at several body shops, he started working at Dagnon Motors in Prairie du Chien, where he managed the body shop. In 1988, he started Midwest Auto and successfully operated it for 30 years. 

Tue
04
Feb

Joseph A. Kolter

Joseph A. Kolter, 76, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died at his home Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. 

Joe was born in Winona, Minn., April 16, 1943, and grew up in Prairie du Chien, where he attended high school and worked various jobs until entering the military and serving in Korea. He moved to Cedar Rapids and worked as a housing inspector for HACAP until his retirement in 2005. 

Mon
03
Feb

Robert R. 'Opa' Shulka

Robert Raymond “Opa” Shulka, 79, of rural Lansing, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. 

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