Angela 'Ann' Farnum

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Angela “Ann” Farnum, 98, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Nov. 5, 1922, in Guttenburg, Iowa, the daughter of Andrew and Gertrude (Miller) Petsche. She married William Farnum on Oct. 4, 1942, in Palmyra, Mo. He preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 2000. In her younger years, Babe—as she was known by her siblings—worked at DBQ Packing Co. and Battery Factory in Dubuque. Then, in 1968, they moved to Prairie du Chien, where they owned and operated Hilldale Dairy until their retirement.She was a loving grandma and great-grandma.

She is survived by her children, Richard (Esther) Farnum, Dan (Patricia) Farnum, Diann (William) McDonald, Donna (Mike) Steiner; 14 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Bud (Nancy) Petsche, Donna (Bill) Steger, Bob (Mary) Petsche, Judy (Joe) Kramer, and David Petsche; and sister-in-law, Arlene Petsche. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter and son-in-law, Della and Ken Hoskins; her twin sister, Althea Bauer Freiburger; siblings, Leon Petsche, Marvin Petsche, Wilbur Petsche, Elroy Petsche, Harlan Petsche and Patricia Petsche.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held privately at St. John’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Msgr. Charles Stoetzel officiating, with interment to follow in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. The Garrity Funeral Home, of Prairie du Chien, is assisting the family. 

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