Obituaries

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29
Jan

Gary E. Vogt

Gary E. Vogt, 73, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of Bloomington, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

He was born Nov 11, 1946, the son of Eugene and Lucille (Vorwald) Vogt.

Wed
29
Jan

Maurice 'Maury' Oehler

Maurice Lee Oehler, 87, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 23, 2020 at his home. 

Tue
21
Jan

Alice M. Cathman

Alice M. Cathman, 62, of Boscobel, was called home unexpectedly to her heavenly Father on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at the Gundersen Boscobel Hospital. 

Tue
21
Jan

Shirley E. Ellis

Shirley E. Ellis, 78, of Patch Grove, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley was born on April 12, 1941, the daughter of Roy and Edna (Jarms) Haberichter. She, her father, and her grandmother, were all born in the same farmhouse located southeast of Monona, Iowa. Shirley spent her early childhood in Clayton County, Iowa, moved to the Patch Grove area in 1952, and graduated from Patch Grove High School in 1958. She married Jerry Ellis on Oct. 24, 1959, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley. Shirley and Jerry raised their family in the home that he built in 1960. Shirley was the Patch Grove Village Clerk for 18 years, and secretary/treasurer for the Patch Grove Fire Department for 31 years. Shirley enjoyed time spent with her family, reading, sewing, gardening, and dancing with Jerry. 

Mon
20
Jan

Shirley Guyer

Shirley Jean Guyer, 79, of Luana, Iowa, passed Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. She was born Sept. 29, 1940. Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m., at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Elkader, Iowa. Visitation will be Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the hall.

Mon
20
Jan

Jill Renee Frazier

Jill Renee Frazier 46, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, Jan 18, 2020. Her devotion to her family and faith in God were characteristics of her life, which was cut short due to cancer. 

Mon
20
Jan

Shirley M. Gelbach

Shirley M. Gelbach, 87, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at the Orchard Manor Care Center in Lancaster.  

She was born April 19, 1932, in Lancaster, the daughter of Parke and Lillian (Cox) Gelbach Sr.  

Shirley worked at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien for over 36 years. 

She is survived by nephews, Greg and Randy Gelbach; a niece, Sheri Breuer; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and her dear friends, Mary and Ken Stoeffler.  

Mon
20
Jan

Nancy Gail Ahrens

Nancy Gail Ahrens, 76, passed away at Crossing Rivers Health medical center in Prairie du Chien, surrounded by her family on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. 

She was born on Sept. 11, 1943, in Platteville, to Don and Bette Knapp. 

She grew up in Prairie du Chien, where, as a child, she had a love for horses and dreamt of being a cowgirl. She owned a horse named Bill, a.k.a. “Knothead Bill.” In high school, she was the drum majorette for the high school band. She could twirl that baton like no other. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1961. 

Tue
14
Jan

Patricia A. Prochaska

Patricia A. Prochaska, 76, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at the Divine Rehabilitation Center in Fennimore. 

She was born Nov. 19, 1943, in San Pedro, Calif., the daughter of Ambrose and Eleanor (Wilkins) Gleason. 

Patricia was married to Lawrence Prochaska, and they later divorced. She worked as a nurse’s aide at Good Samaritan and later for the Prairie Convalescent Center. Patricia also assisted in the daily operation of the Pine Tree Inn with her partner Chester Barr. 

Tue
14
Jan

Herman G. Sime

Herman G. Sime, 92, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Ferryville, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020.

Herman was born Nov. 1, 1927, to Herman Sr. and Grace (Helgerson) Sime. After the sixth grade, he stayed home to work on the family farm. He farmed pretty much his whole life, both before and after serving his country in the United States Army. He married Alice Kapanke and together they raised six children. Alice passed away Feb 8, 1971.

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