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Barbara M. 'Bonnie' Horsfall

Barbara M. “Bonnie” Horsfall, 69, of Middleton, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Madison following an extended illness.

She was born May 31, 1949, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Virgil and Mildred (Kussmaul) Bushnell. Bonnie was a strong woman of faith and she enjoyed her work for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for 34 years. She loved swimming and working with ceramics.

She is survived by her son Jonathan (Kristin Hoffman) Horsfall of DeForest; her daughters Jennifer (Ryan) McCausland, of Oconomowoc, and Jill (Hans) Spielmann, of Madison; her twin brother, Tom Bushnell, of Middleton, and brother Chuck Bushnell, of Madison; her grandchildren, Jackson, Henry, Carly, Layla and Vera. 

Thu
11
Apr

Paulette Joan 'PJ' Holliday

Paulette Joan “P.J.” Holliday, 70, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health after a long and courageous battle with many health conditions, including congestive heart failure and kidney disease.

Paulette was born in Madison, on April 3, 1949, to James and Delores (Kaiser) Baures.  Paulette married Rodney Stussy in 1967 and together they had a daughter, Joan. Rodney passed away in 1974. Paulette later married Wilford Holliday in 1976 and together they had a son, Wilford Holliday Jr. in 1977, who passed away at 11 weeks old. They went on to have two more children, a daughter Misty and a son James. Paulette and Wilford later divorced.

Thu
11
Apr

Mary T. Shedivy

Mary T. Shedivy, 96, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, April 8, 2019, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born Nov. 14, 1922, in Bridgeport, the daughter of Charles and Lucy (Wall) Mezera. She married Harry Shedivy on Oct. 19, 1943 at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Together they farmed in the Seneca area and later Mary worked for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. Mary also worked as a laundry supervisor for the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital and as a volunteer for the American Red Cross. She was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Parish and was instrumental in the development of the Opportunity Personal Development Center in Prairie du Chien. 

Harry preceded her in death on July 14, 1999. 

Thu
11
Apr

Cletus 'John' Donnel Frink

Cletus “John” Donnel Frink, 79, of Monona, Iowa, died at his home in rural Monona, on Sunday, April 7, 2019. 

Cletus was born Feb. 24, 1940 to Adeline Elizabeth (Evans) and Herbert Donnel Frink. He was united in marriage with Linda Frink on July 22, 1969. Cletus earned his degree from Northeast Iowa Technical Institute in diesel mechanics in August 1989, and managed Drake Park Apartments in Des Moines from 1992 until 2001, at which time he retired to Kenny and Sandy’s farm. John ranched on and off for several years and was the true definition of a cowboy. He also drove semi for many years. He was a 4-H leader and also took a very active role with the Clayton County Fairgrounds. He was a man of few words but had a very strong presence.

Thu
11
Apr

Dorothy W. Steinbach

Dorothy W. Steinbach, 88, of Wauzeka, passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at the Boscobel Care and Rehab Center in Boscobel. 

She was born on Feb. 8, 1931, in Boscobel, the daughter of Bernard and Clara (Smith) Karnopp. Dorothy married Lyndon Steinbach in 1952, in Gays Mills. Together, they farmed for many years in the Gays Mills area. Lyndon preceded her in death in 1982. 

She is survived by her daughters, Carol Steinbach of Prairie du Chien, and Marlene Steinbach of La Crosse; brothers, Raymond (Dixie) Karnopp of Lancaster, Robert (Sandy) Karnopp of Arkansas, Larry (Delores) Karnopp of Mt. Zion; sisters-in-law Jackie Karnopp of Barnum, and Marge Nauman of Dubuque, Iowa; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. 

Thu
11
Apr

Dianne N. Withey

Dianne N. (Daugherty) Withey, 85, of Waterford, formerly of Lynxville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 3, 2019. 

Dianne was born in Prairie du Chien,  on Sept. 12, 1933, to Lester and Mildred (Wisdom) Daugherty.  She grew up the youngest of six children, and was very close to her older siblings, due to the loss of her father at a young age following complications from serving in World War I.  She was very proud of her Irish heritage and her father serving as Crawford County clerk, while she was growing up.  Dianne graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1951, and soon after, met the love of her life, Kenneth Withey. The two were married on Oct. 24, 1953, and shortly after moved to Milwaukee and started their family. Later in life, Ken and Dianne moved back to Lynxville to run the family business, Withey’s Bar.    

Thu
11
Apr

Carter Riley Matousek

Carter Riley Matousek, 16, of Cassville, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019.  

He was born in Prairie du Chien on May 1, 2002, the son of Mike Matousek and Christy Mumm.  

Carter attended Cassville High School and was active in many sports. He liked to hunt, fish and trap, and learned many lessons from his grandpas, Gary and Dave. Carter enjoyed playing video games, baseball, and he loved basketball. He often helped cut and stack firewood, not because he liked it, but because Carter took any chance he could to spend time with his family. Carter’s heart was not big, it was huge—he genuinely cared about people and will be long remembered for his love for others.

Thu
11
Apr

Elaine M. Kramer

International rodeo star, Elaine M. Kramer, 83, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

Mon
08
Apr

Mildred M. Lessard

Mildred M. Lessard, 85, of Janesville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Agrace Hospice in Janesville.  

She was born in Prairie du Chien on Sept. 17, 1933, the daughter of Thomas and Orpha Check. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School and went on to marry her loving husband of 48 years, Walter A. Lessard on July 7, 1952. Walter and Mildred have been Janesville residents since 1959, and also faith members of St. William Catholic Church. Mildred loved spending her winters in Florida with Walter, and they even enjoyed fishing together. She was talented in quilting and ceramics, and donated quilts to the Veterans at the Milwaukee Hospital. She was a loving and devoted grandma and great-grandma, and always cherished her time with family. 

Mon
08
Apr

Merlin Frederick Kruger

Merlin Frederick Kruger, 93, of, Lansing, Iowa, formerly of Waukon and Harpers Ferry, Iowa, died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Thornton Manor in Lansing. 

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