Obituaries

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11
Jun

Betty Chase

Betty Chase, 79, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018. 

She was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Hawley and Hazel (Fransham) Steggall. Betty attended and graduated from the Fairbank High School in 1957. She married Ray Chase on May 9, 1970, at the Schuyler County Court House in Missouri. Betty and Ray lived in Fairbank until 2002, when the moved to Prairie du Chien to enjoy retirement. Before moving Betty worked in the repair department as an operator for Northwestern Bell for 20 years. She loved spending time with Ray, going fishing, going on long drives to see the country, listening to country music, going to antique stores and spending time with family and friends.

Mon
11
Jun

Peter Charles Klema

Peter Charles Klema left us unexpectedly and much too soon, at the age of 54, on June 8, at home with his mother at his side.

Peter was born Dec. 25, 1963, to parents Michael and Edith (Zeeh) Klema of rural Wauzeka and what a wonderful Christmas present he was! He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1982. He then continued his education and attended Fennimore Vocational School.

He was currently working the last 16 years at EMC in Fennimore. He enjoyed auctions, fishing, riding his Harley, watching NASCAR and Packers, and just spending time with his family and friends.

Pete is survived by his mother, Edith Klema; a family of brothers, Kim (Cinda), Wauzeka, Edward (Deb), Wauzeka, and James, Gainsville, Fla. He is also survived by a daughter, Amber Houston, Dearborn Heights, Mich.; sister-in-law Michelle Klema, Prairie du Chien; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Mon
11
Jun

John L. Jones

John L. Jones, 92, died Sunday, May 27, at his home in Prairie du Chien.

John was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Hannibal, to William C. and Alta (Lemke) Jones. He attended several schools around Wisconsin, and graduated from Wauzeka High School. 

John served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. During WWII, he served as a tank driver in central Europe and the occupation of Germany. John married Viola Ready on Nov. 22, 1949, and they had six children. 

He worked as a logger and lumber inspector for the same company—Hutchison Log & Lumber Company, purchased by Erickson Hardwoods, then by Weyerhaeuser Company—until he retired. In retirement he worked for Nelson Lumber, which had purchased Weyerhaeuser.

Fri
08
Jun

Karen K. Burgus

Karen K. Burgus, 64, of Wauzeka, passed away Wednesday, May 16.

A celebration of Karen’s life and service will to be held Monday, June 25, in Wauzeka at the meeting hall in Century Hall. A visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., with a service to follow.

Tue
05
Jun

Mary JoAnne Carl

Mary JoAnne Carl, 77, of La Crosse, lost her battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease on May 29.

She was born Feb. 2, 1941, in Prairie du Chien, to Marlowe and Ann (Richter) Waller.  She grew up in Prairie du Chien and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1958. On Nov. 7, 1959, she married Melvyn F. Carl. They promptly started a family and moved to La Crosse.

Mary Jo was a phenomenal woman. She was admired for her ambitiousness and her ability to create beautiful things. Examples of her artistic flare in the form of ceramics, restored furniture, sewing and quilting projects, scrumptious deserts and holiday decorations, could always be found throughout her home she somehow found time to keep spotless.

Tue
05
Jun

Matthew G. Harris

Matthew G. Harris, 52, of Bagley, and formerly Garnavillo, Iowa, passed away Friday, June 1, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital due to stage four metastatic colon cancer. 

He was born Aug. 30, 1965, in Racine, the son of John and Martha (Salisbury) Harris. He married Michelle Adams on Sept. 7, 1996, at Pike’s Peak State Park in McGregor, Iowa. Matthew enjoyed faming and spending time with his grandchildren. He loved participating in Mini Rod Pulling. 

He is survived by his wife Michelle, of Bagley; his children, Nathan Bode, of Cuba City, Darien (Natalie) Adams, of Millville, Iowa, and Nicole (Daniel) Bohr, of Spillville, Iowa; his sister-in-law Debbie Harris, of Oaktown, Ill.; his grandchildren, Lyle Spiker, Piper Adams, Evan Harris, Vivian and Donovon Bohr. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Cyndy Harris-Bohringer; a brother John Harris Jr.; and his stepfather James Mitsch.

Fri
01
Jun

Catherine A. “Cathie” McGuire

 

Catherine A. “Cathie” McGuire, 60, of McGregor, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 29, at her home following a brief illness. 

 

She was born Sept. 26, 1957, in Marietta, Ga., the daughter of Joseph and Cecelia (Goltz) McGuire. Cathie had recently worked as a caregiver for Scenic Acres in Elkader, Iowa. 

Fri
01
Jun

Charles Albert Walker

 

Charles Albert Walker, 70, of Eastman, died Monday, May 28, at his home in Eastman. 

 

Charles was born May 31, 1947, to Charles and Anna (Mara) Walker in Prairie du Chien. He attended Wauzeka High School. Charles proudly joined and served in the U.S. Army, serving two tours in Vietnam.

Tue
29
May

Erwin Ruff

 

Erwin Ruff, 92, of McGregor, died Friday, May 25, at his home in McGregor, in the care of his family. 

 

He was born on May 28, 1925, to Edmund and Clara (Berns) Ruff in National. Erwin joined the U.S. Army, served in World War II and was honorably discharged.

Fri
25
May

Rebecca Erin Springsteen

 

Rebecca Erin Springsteen, 16, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday, May 15, at her home in Marquette. 

 

Rebecca was born Nov. 13, 2001, to James and Trina (Shaffer) Springsteen in Prairie du Chien, Wis. She was a sophomore at MFL Mar-Mac in Monona, and played volleyball. Rebecca was a member at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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