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Tue
10
Jul

Sharon Kay Harris

Sharon Kay Harris, passed away June 24, at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. 

She was the daughter of Louis and Elmira Bemer, born Sept 6, 1941, in Covington, Iowa (near Palo, Iowa). Sharon graduated from Palo High School and later earned her teaching degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sharon remarried to Robert L Harris in 1981. In 1986 they moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the Prairie du Chien/McGregor area and made there home there. While in the Prairie du Chien area, Robert and Sharon operated a taxidermy business for several years. Sharon was a substitute teacher for various local schools. she was also a tour guide at the Villa Louis for eight years. 

Mon
09
Jul

Craig T. Looney

Craig T. Looney, 34, of Prairie du Chien, died as result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Friday, July 6, 2018. 

He was born Oct. 22, 1983, in Prairie du Chien the son of Timothy and Theresa (Dundee) Looney. He married Lacey Nelson on May 21, 2011, at Pike’s Peak State Park in McGregor, Iowa. Craig was currently working for Nelson Hardwoods in Prairie du Chien. He enjoyed the outdoors and love to fish and camp. Most of all Craig loved his special times with his daughter Coralline. 

Mon
09
Jul

Janice G. Caya

Janice G. Caya, 82, of Eastman, passed away Saturday, July 7, at the Thornton Manor Care Center in Lansing, Iowa. 

She was born Aug. 30, 1935, in Lynxville the daughter of Eugene and Odean (Bright) Oppriecht. She married Charles Caya on June 2, 1956, at St. Wenceslaus Church, in Eastman. She and Chuck enjoyed their trips out west and were active members of St. Wenceslaus Parish. Jan worked as a beautician and later as a secretary for 3M Company in Prairie du Chien until her retirement. Chuck preceded her in death on June 19, 2017. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. 

Mon
09
Jul

Janice G. Caya

Janice G. Caya, 82, of Eastman, passed away Saturday, July 7, at the Thornton Manor Care Center in Lansing, Iowa. 

She was born Aug. 30, 1935, in Lynxville the daughter of Eugene and Odean (Bright) Oppriecht. She married Charles Caya on June 2, 1956, at St. Wenceslaus Church, in Eastman. She and Chuck enjoyed their trips out west and were active members of St. Wenceslaus Parish. Jan worked as a beautician and later as a secretary for 3M Company in Prairie du Chien until her retirement. Chuck preceded her in death on June 19, 2017. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. 

Fri
06
Jul

Gary L. Sedlmayr

Gary L. Sedlmayr, 77, passed away peacefully on June 8, after a long illness following a stroke, with his brother by his side. 

He was born in Wyalusing, to Allan and Kathryn (McGill) Sedlmayr. Gary graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1959. Gary was a life-long student, enthusiastically participating in math, science, music and sports in high school, attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison delving into studies of applied math, engineering, physics and medicine and continually reading and discussing innovations in technology and space exploration. 

Gary was on staff at Central Wisconsin Center and Mendota Mental Health for decades, serving as a caring and compassionate aide and psychiatric Care Technician to the many residents and patients at both institutions, retiring in 2011 after 40 years of service. 

Thu
05
Jul

Timothy D. Ray

Timothy D. Ray, 58, of Seneca, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, July 1. 

Tue
03
Jul

Jeanette C. Bolin

Jeanette C. Bolin, 68, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 22, at her home. 

She was born Aug. 26, 1949, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Joseph and Goldie (Stuckey) LeGrand. Jeanette and her siblings would later spend a majority of their early years with Goldie and their stepfather Donald Sherrick. She married Karlan Bolin on June 30, 1995. Jeanette worked as an underwriter for several different mortgage companies. Karl preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 2011. 

Tue
03
Jul

Marcus A. Morarend

Marcus A. Morarend, 71, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at his home in Bagley. 

He was the youngest of four children born to Juanita (Blume) and Marvin Morarend, in Guttenberg, Iowa. The family later moved to Gran Grae, where Marcus attended the local schoolhouse. He spent his days working the family farm, fishing, hunting and venturing through the woods. His love of the outdoors became part of him and he shared that love with many family and friends throughout his life. His love of the outdoors also led him to be part of the founding group whom started the local Rendezvous. 

Mon
02
Jul

Stanley J. Hamann

Stanley J. Hamann, 96, a lifelong resident of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 30, at Prairie Maison. 

Stan served overseas in the U.S. Army during WWII and later returned to become a prominent businessman in Prairie du Chien, operating and later owning Hamann’s Variety Store for 40 years.  In his spare time, he was an avid hunter and fisherman spending countless hours pursuing these pastimes on the Mississippi River.

He is survived by his son Rick (Patty), of Prairie du Chien; his daughter Jan (George) Collins, of Somers, Conn.; his sister Priscilla (Jimmy) Englebright, of Homosassa, Fla. 

Fri
29
Jun

Elmer G. Colsch

Elmer G. Colsch, 69, of Dodgeville, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, at Upland Hills Hospital in Dodgeville. 

He was born May 15, 1949, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Lawrence “Jack” and Ruth (Paris) Colsch. 

He is survived by his eight children, Brenda (Eric) Palas, Manchester, Iowa, Tammy (Brad) Hill, Spring Green, Kristina Colsch, Farmersburg, Iowa, Stanley (Carrie) Colsch, Garnavillo, Iowa, Jennie Colsch, Portage, Kryssi (Bryan) Streicher, Monona, Iowa, Nicholas Colsch, Portage, and Ami Colsch, Portage; 16 grandchildren: Madeline, Ben, Maurice, Marcus, Jackson, Ronald, Tyson, Kenneth, Kaelyn, Kelsey, Alexis, Izayah, Carter, Avah, Bentley and BreeAnnah; four siblings, Jacqueline Scott of Muscoda, Jerry Colsch, Nashville, Tenn., Barb Knight, Sextonville, and Darrell (Pat) Colsch, Ferryville.

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