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Tue
08
Oct

Norbert Hammes

Norbert Joseph Hammes Jr., 83, of Marquette, passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at home with family at his side.

Norbert was born April 18, 1936, in La Crosse, Wis., the son of Norbert and Marie (Baumgartner) Hammes Sr. He was the oldest of eight children. He attended Holy Trinity Parish Elementary School and Aquinas High School in La Crosse. 

Norbert was united in marriage to Joyce Martinek on May 5, 1956, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in La Crosse, Wis. They had one child, Deborah, before Joyce passed away. He was then united in marriage with Nancy Rehm on Jan. 14, 1961, at St. Mary Catholic Church in McGregor. They had three children, Mark, Marigrace and Margaret and raised their family in Marquette.  

Wed
02
Oct

Patricia Dickens

Patricia Mae Dickens, 70, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., formerly of McGregor, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, following a brief illness. She was born on June 16, 1949 in Iowa City, the daughter of Frankie and Bernice (Cavanaugh) Harry. 

Fri
20
Sep

Russell Davis

Russell Davis, 83, of McGregor, passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at the Guttenberg Care Center, in Guttenberg. Russ, a loving husband and father, was born in Cambridge, Ohio, on Jan. 19, 1936, to Raymond and Hazel (Phillips) Davis. Childhood years were spent in Warren, Ohio and he was a high school graduate of Leavittsburg, Ohio. Russ was drafted into the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Cold War Era and, due to the Viet Nam War, his service was extended. 

Fri
06
Sep

Jaxson James Jones

Jaxson James Jones, five days old, of Harpers Ferry, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wis.

Jaxson is survived by his parents, Chelsey Young and Peter Jones of Harpers Ferry; one sister, Carlie Jones; maternal grandparents, Brian and Lisa Young; paternal grandparents, Darci Jones and Thomas Burke and Henry Jones and Elfriede Marcussen; great-grandparents, Darwin Hallberg and Darlene Adrian; uncles and aunts, Joseph Lenz Jr., Jeremy (Alicia) Lenz, Kyle Young (Briana Berger), Anna Jones (Don Moose), Sara Jones and Adam (Cydney) Jones; and seven cousins, McKenna, McKlain, Avery, McKoeta, Lainey, Riley and Beckett. He was preceded in death by several great-grandparents.

Mon
26
Aug

Meda Weller

Meda Weller, 96, of McGregor, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Cascade.

Meda Charlene Weller was born in McGregor on Oct. 2, 1922, to parents Carl and Margaret (Zahn) Miller. Meda graduated from Rockford Memorial School of Nursing in Rockford, Ill, 1944.  She served in the Philippines with the Army Nurse Corps from late 1944 to early 1946. Meda then worked as a registered nurse in Alaska when it was still a territory. In March 1947, while in Alaska, she married Walter Allan DeLamater. They had two daughters, Marie and Virginia (Ginny).

Fri
09
Aug

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. 

Tue
30
Jul

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. 

Fri
26
Jul

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.

Thu
25
Jul

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.  

Mon
08
Jul

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.

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