Obituaries

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13
Aug

Dorothy Ann Birrenbach

Dorothy Ann Birrenbach, 80, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

Dorothy was born on Jan. 11, 1938, in Le Sueur, Minn., the daughter of Floyd and Anna (Schaefer) Schwarz.  Dorothy was united in marriage with John Kenneth “Ken” Birrenbach on Feb. 28, 1956. She was an avid bridge player, golfer and bowler. Dorothy was a member of the Memorial Hospital board. She was also an active member of the United Methodist Church and of the 20th century Study Club. (Book Club) She participated in volunteers in Missions for over fifteen years. 

Mon
13
Aug

Elsie C. Cecka

Elsie C. Cecka, 93, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, at the Prairie Maison Nursing Home where she resided since May 2004. 

She was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Frank and Elsie (Geisler) Welsh. She was living on the family farm on Irish Ridge when her mother passed away at the young age of 39. Then the family moved into Prairie du Chien. 

Mon
13
Aug

Georgina M. Mullikin

Georgina M. Mullikin, 88, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa.

She was born Sept. 11, 1929, in Wauzeka, the daughter of John and Grace (Mills) Emery. She married Clifford Mullikin on Sept. 16, 1950. He preceded her in death on July 2, 1998. Georgina enjoyed sewing and loved making doll dresses. 

Tue
07
Aug

Kenneth L. Cornford

Kenneth L. Cornford, 83, of Beloit, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 2, in his home.

He was born Oct. 29, 1934, in Prairie du Chien, the son of John B. and Marcella J. (Valley) Cornford. Ken was a 1952 graduate of Prairie du Chien High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Ken married Lois Bouzek on Jan. 19, 1955, in Prairie du Chien.

Mon
06
Aug

Harold Siegele

Harold Siegele, 80, of Prairie du Chien, died Thursday, Aug. 2, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

Harold was born on Aug. 25, 1937, in McGregor, Iowa, the son of Harry and Anna Marie (Carlson) Siegele. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1955. Harold joined and proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Harold was united in marriage with Janet Tippery. Two children were born to this union. The couple later divorced. He was then united in marriage with Diane Heuser-Selvester. Harold worked as a butcher at Piggly Wiggly and also at 3M for twenty plus years before retiring. 

Mon
06
Aug

Linda J. Lessard

Linda J. Lessard, 69, of Muscoda and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, at Gracious Way Assisted Living in Muscoda.

She was born Nov. 6, 1948, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Donald and Ruth (Jones) Lessard. Linda owned and operated the Maytag Laundromat and at the HiWay Grill, both in Prairie du Chien. She loved her nieces and nephews. 

She is survived by her brothers, James (Leanne) Lessard, of Wauzeka, and Mark (Sharon) Lessard, of Horicon. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mon
06
Aug

Myrtle M. Egan

Myrtle M. Egan, 95, of Waukon, Iowa, died Tuesday, July 31, at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon, Iowa. 

Thu
02
Aug

Howard E. Dalton

Howard E. Dalton, 87, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Seneca, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, after a brief illness. 

Funeral services will be held graveside on Friday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m., at the Gays Mills Cemetery in Gays Mills, with a luncheon to follow.  The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.

 

Tue
31
Jul

Edna Moeller (Ready)

Edna Moeller (Ready), 92, of La Farge, passed away on July 28, at her daughter's home in Waukesha.

She was born on July 14, 1926, in Eastman to Alvin and Elnora (Kramer) Ready. She attended Eastman State Graded School and graduated from Wauzeka High School. She married Willard Moeller on Dec. 7, 1945, and they moved to his family’s farm on Swatek Ridge where they lived until 1980. They moved to their retirement hobby farm near La Farge after that. Edna worked for a short time at Gudgeon’s and also volunteered at the Kickapoo Haven Nutrition Center. She eventually became head cook and manager, enjoying her work until her retirement at age 80. 

Mon
30
Jul

Iola M. Petersen

Iola M. Petersen, 83, passed away Friday, July 27, at Briarwood Healthcare Center in Iowa City, Iowa.

She was born on the family farm near Elkader, Iowa, to Rudy and Dorothy (Orr) Kainz and was the third eldest of 10 children. Iola had an early love of learning and she was allowed to accompany her older sister to school at the tender age of four, where she could often be found on the teacher’s lap absorbing it all. 

That love of learning turned into a passion for teaching. Iola attended the Iowa State Teachers College, where she majored in mathematics and minored in physics. There she also met the love of her life Dale F. Petersen. 

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