Obituaries

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01
Oct

Stephen E. Welter

A well-known Prairie du Chien businessman, Stephen E. Welter, 77, passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. 

He was born Dec. 9, 1940, in Eau Claire, the son of Edward and Kathryn (Miller) Welter. Steve graduated from Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien and later from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He married Lynda Oestreich on Aug. 31, 1963. Steve owned and operated Quality Wood Treating in Prairie du Chien for over 30 years. He later established Welter Real Estate in Prairie du Chien and was involved in several other various business ventures. He was a member of the Peoples State Bank Board and the Prairie du Chien Country Club Board. Steve was a pilot and enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. 

Mon
01
Oct

Dr. Irving M. Bush

Dr. Irving M. Bush, 84, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. He was born Jan. 19, 1934, in New York, N.Y., the son of Max and Mirra (Guttman) Bush. Dr. Bush was a graduate of New York University and later received his M.D. from the Chicago Medical School. He married Ronnie Beth Schwartz, of Miami Beach, and later Jan Lanners.

Irving Bush was a good father. He taught his children the importance of hard work, the value of study, the importance of both the sciences and the humanities, equal rights and respect for women, and resilience.

Mon
24
Sep

Patricia A Kohlenberg

Patricia A. Kohlenberg, 64, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Bloomington, passed away at her residence on Sunday, Sept. 23, with her loving family by her side.  She was born on July 2, 1954, in Prairie du Chien, WI, the daughter of James R. and Charlotte (Hermsen) Kluesner.  Pat graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School and in 1972 she graduated from Bloomington High School.  Pat furthered her education at Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse, earning a degree in medical transcription.  She was employed with Grant County Land Conservation Office and the Commission on Aging, as well as Grant Regional Health Center, and Montessori Pre-School.  On July 31, 2009, she was united in marriage to Cal Kohlenberg.  Pat enjoyed going to garage sales and collecting antiques.  She dearly loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren. 

Wed
19
Sep

Ardith Elaine 'Ardie' Sander

Ardith Elaine “Ardie” Sander, 85, of Boscobel, passed away on Monday, Sept. 17, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. 

She was born Dec. 21, 1932, in Citron Valley, rural Steuben, the third child of Alton and Mildred (Ward) Fortney. She married William Sander on March 24, 1954, at the Salem United Methodist Church in Eastman. He preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 2017. Bill and Ardie farmed together on Niland Ridge between Wauzeka and Steuben until retiring and moving to Boscobel in 2005. 

Tue
18
Sep

Kilbourne Claude 'KC' Johnson

Kilbourne Claude ‘KC’ Johnson, 93, passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, in Alexander City, Alabama. Originally from Wisconsin, and a longtime resident of Prairie du Chien, he was the son of Frieda and Claude Johnson, of Prairie du Chien, and brother to Leslie (Viola) and Gaylord Johnson. His passing was preceded by his parents and brothers. 

KC was married to the late Dorothy Elizabeth (Liz) Rhoden of Huntsville, Ala., on Dec. 8, 1945. They had five children: Shirley Minchk (deceased 2008) (Thomas) of Wisconsin, Terry Johnson (Chien) of California, Lynda Schwanz (Michael) of Wisconsin, John Johnson of New York, and Jacqueline Dean (Richard) of Alabama. He departed leaving a legacy of 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Mon
17
Sep

Lloyd E. Snodgrass

Lloyd E. Snodgrass, 83, of Boscobel, passed away at his home, surrounded by family, on Friday, Sept. 14. He lived and farmed in the Boscobel area most of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Snodgrass, of Boscobel; a daughter, Betty Snodgrass, of Prairie du Chien; a son, Ethan (Ramona) Kord of Boscobel; six grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, 12 step-great-grandchildren; nine brothers-in-law, five sisters-in-law; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; two infant sons, Leroy and Steven; a son, Ralph; a brother in infancy; two sisters-in-law, June Copus and Belva Copus, also his father and mother in-law.

Mon
17
Sep

Timothy William Mason

Timothy William Mason, 67, of Marquette, Iowa, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. Tim was born on Oct. 8, 1950, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Charles J. and Cecelia Margaret (O’Brien) Mason. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School and went on to attend college at both NIACC in Mason City, Iowa, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Wed
12
Sep

LaVonne E. 'Bonnie' Hines

LaVonne E. “Bonnie” Hines, 82, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

Tue
11
Sep

Jess F. Riness

Jess F. Riness, 89, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born Aug. 12, 1929, in Vassar, Mich., the son of Jess and Mary Grace (Valley) Riness. Jess served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He married Hazel Ronkoski on June 15, 1963. He worked at National Decorated Metals and later retired from 3M Company in Prairie du Chien. Jess also did some construction work over the years. 

He is survived by his daughter Sharon Riness, of Prairie du Chien, and his brother Jerry (Sharon) Riness of Viroqua. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hazel; and his brothers, Richard and Jack Riness.

Tue
11
Sep

Anna M. Steffensmeier

Anna M. Steffensmeier, 87, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, at the Gundersen Health System of La Crosse. 

She was born May 27, 1931, in Patch Grove, the daughter of Alonzo and Ivanelle (Taylor) Wilkinson. She married Cletus Steffensmeier on Aug. 27, 1960, at St. John’s Church in Patch Grove. Together, they farmed most of their lives in the Patch Grove area before retiring in Prairie du Chien in 1988. Cletus preceded her in death on March 19, 2011. 

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