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Tristan Close

Tristan Levi Close, 21, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. Tristan Levi “Flip” Close, the son of Raymond Close and Cindy (Eilers) Fritz was born Jan. 31, 1998, in Prairie du Chien, Wis. He attended school in Waukon and later graduated from NICC. 


L'Dean Donald Henkes

L’Dean Donald Henkes, 76, of Monona, died on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wis. L’Dean was born on June 13, 1943, in Monona, to Donald and Iva (Topel) Henkes. He was baptized on Aug. 22, 1943, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona, and graduated from MFL High School, also in Monona. Following high school, L’Dean started farming and continued to be active in the Henkes family farming operation until his passing. 


Marsha Lorraine Bickel

Marsha L. Bickel, 70, of McGregor, died Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis., following a courageous battle with endometrial cancer. She was born on Aug. 26, 1948, to Burton Irving Sr. and Lorraine Violet (Schott) Walters in McGregor. Marsha was baptized and confirmed at First Congregational Church, McGregor. She graduated from Mar-Mac High School in 1967. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Winona State in 1971. Marsha then taught physical education and served as the girls basketball, volleyball and cheerleading coach at Neillsville High School in Neillsville, Wis., for four years.


Betty Felder

A mass of Christian burial for Betty Felder, 80, of East Moline, formerly of Davenport, was held July 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery-Arsenal Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Betty died on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Hope Creek Nursing Home, East Moline.

Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Betty Lou was born March 3, 1939, in Iowa City, a daughter of Anthony and Jacqueline (Lorang) Felder.  She attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing, Scott Community College, from Marycrest College, and St. Joseph’s College, North Windham, Maine. She had a quest for knowledge and was a lifelong learner.  


Kathleen M. (Mills) Ertz

Kathleen M. (Mills) Ertz passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Galesville, Wis. She was born in McGregor to Victor and Margaret (Lorang) Mills on Aug. 5, 1928. She married Emil Ertz on Sept. 14, 1957, and they had one son. No matter where she lived, McGregor was always "home." She had many stories to tell of her days there, including being the teller who waited on the bank robber in McGregor in 1957. 

Kathleen is survived by a son, Dan Ertz, her cat NoNo and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Emil, her brother Francis "Bud" Mills and sister Helen Lenz. 

Donations to the Alzheimer's Association are requested in lieu of flowers. The funeral will be in McGregor on Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service.


Deva Mae Randall

Deva Mae (Kadlec) Randall, 77, of McGregor, passed away at her home in McGregor on June 21, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born in McGregor on May 11, 1942, the daughter of Fredrick and DeElla (Welch) Kadlec. She married Kenneth Randall in September 1963, and later divorced. Deva had two children, Kirt Randall of McGregor and Jodi Randall (Manternach) of Fairfax. 


Harry 'Junior' Miller

Harry “Junior” Miller, 80, of McGregor, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2019, with his loving wife, Linda Miller, and children Mary Abel, Kara Larson and Tim Miller by his side. He died at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis., after a short illness. 

In his final days, he was comforted by family and by faith. His grandchildren all were able to visit and share their love. Only his oldest daughter, Jo McDole, who is under long-term care in a Cedar Rapids nursing home, was unable to say her goodbyes in person.


Dennis Rumohr

Dennis Rumohr, 63, of Moville, died after a sudden battle with cancer. Farmer, father, friend, Dennis went to the field in the sky on June 18, 2019. 

Spending every day on the farm, enjoying God’s creation, he made his life through his work. Especially enjoying the fruits of his labors in the fall, he lived his life according to the ebb and flow of nature’s seasons. Always standing up for what was right, he was slow to anger and quick to laugh. Happy and proud of his family, they were his greatest joy. Through his farm and family, he lived his own way and created his own life, making every day his favorite day. 


Ruth L. Brus

Ruth L. Brus 91, of McGregor, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 15, 2019, surrounded by her family. 

She was born July 28, 1927, in Dubuque, the daughter of Rudolph and Grace (Thielen) Wagner. Ruth married Don Brus on April 26, 1947, at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque. Ruth was locally known for her beautiful paintings, her deep faith, generous spirit and witty personality. Ruth and Don owned The Snowbird Shop in McGregor and did custom framing until their mid-70s. Ruth painted well into her 80s and donated many paintings to the St. John's bazaar. Ruth was very proud of the banners and altar frontals that she and Don created that are still in use today.

Don preceded her in death on Sept. 12, 2012.


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.  


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