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Mon
15
Oct

Marie M. (Kozelka) Sundeen

Our beloved mother, Marie M. Sundeen, 93, fell into the deep sleep of death at home at 9:30 p.m., Aug. 29, following a long illness. 

Mon
15
Oct

Karen R. Carroll

Karen R. Carroll, 77, of Prairie du Chien, died peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Crossing Rivers Health, following a long struggle with emphysema and COPD.

She was born Karen Rose Flitsch on July 29, 1941, in Prairie du Chien, the second of two daughters to Earl J. and Margaret M. (Ackerman) “Marge” Flitsch. She was a 1959 graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Prairie du Chien. Later that year, she married Donald S. Carroll, of Lancaster, and the couple had six children together.

Fri
12
Oct

Madolyn 'Susan' Witters

Madolyn “Susan” Witters, 60, of Wauzeka, passed away on Monday, Oct. 8, at her home in Wauzeka. 

She was born Feb. 7, 1958, at Dixon, Ill. She was married to Chad Witters and he preceded her in death. She had been employed by Wisconsin Historical Society, and Sue Waltz Insurance in Boscobel. She was involved with the Friends of the Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien, The Beloit Jr. Women’s Club and First Congregational Church Summer Camp. 

She is survived by a twin brother Tom (Perla) Good of Avalon. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and best friend Meg Schuster.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Fri
12
Oct

Maxine Leah Johnson

Maxine Leah Johnson, 80, of New Hampton, Iowa, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, at her home in New Hampton, Iowa. Maxine was born June 24, 1938, to Donald and Marcella (Sabbann) Tayek in Linton Township, Allamakee County, Iowa. She graduated from Monona High School in 1956, and earned her degree from Upper Iowa University.

Thu
11
Oct

Walter 'Steve' Thornton

Walter “Steve” Thornton, 65, of Prairie du Chien, died Monday, Oct. 8, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

Walter was born June 13, 1953, to Harold and Virginia (Williams) Thornton in Tomahawk. He earned his GED and attended tech school. Walter joined the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War.

Walter was united in marriage with Joyce Shulka on Nov. 25, 1972, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien. One son was born to this union, Chuck. Walter worked for Gen-Cor in Marquette, Iowa. In his spare time, Walter enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating. He was a fan of Nascar and the Green Bay Packers.

Thu
11
Oct

Billy Gene Butikofer

Billy Gene Butikofer, 77, of Elkader, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. 

He was born Dec. 31, 1940, in Elkader, to Walter and Lydia (Dennler) Butikofer. Bill was confirmed at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Elgin. He graduated from Elkader High School with the Class of 1958. He served in the United States Army in Germany. He was united in marriage to Marcia C. Metzger on Oct. 10, 1964. Three children were born to this union.

Bill was a devoted farmer, milking dairy cows until the fall of 2001. During his early years, he enjoyed being a member of 4-H and FFA. For a time, he worked at Walch Ford, then Bill and brother Norbert operated the Sinclair gas station, both in Elkader. Bill was a loyal member of Bethany Church, American Legion and the Farm Bureau.

Mon
08
Oct

Gerald L. Burr

Gerald L. Burr, 82, of Saginaw, Mich., a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, passed away Friday, June 22, at home, surrounded by his family.

The son of Alonzo and Anita (Haupt) Burr, Gerald was born on July 8, 1935, in Chicago, Ill. He grew up in Prairie du Chien. Jerry graduated from Prairie High School in 1953. He joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After the service, he attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and graduated with a B.S. in business administration.

He married Carol Ann Strauman on Sept. 15, 1956, at St. John Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. They moved to Saginaw, Mich., where Jerry was employed as a supervisor for General Motors at Grey Iron Foundry for 35 years until his retirement.

Thu
04
Oct

Sherry Silvers

Sherry Silvers, 67, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 1, at Crossing Rivers Health. She was the only beloved daughter of Raymond and Marilyn (Gibbs) Kellogg, born on Aug. 5, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa. She married her loving husband, Ernest John Silvers on Aug. 16, 1969, in Boscobel.

Sherry was a well-respected business owner for over 40 years. She operated a state-licensed purebred dog kennel and was an honored AKC and CKC breeder. She volunteered for the first Prairie du Chien Humane Society and provided a pet rescue facility for dogs and birds.

Thu
04
Oct

Allen John Berns

Allen John Berns, 59, of Monona, Iowa, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Great River Care Center of McGregor, Iowa. Allen John was born Oct. 30, 1958, to Louis Henry and Wilma Ann (Duetmeyer) Berns in Dubuque, Iowa. He graduated from MFL High School in 1977.

Allen was self-employed and, in his spare time, enjoyed fishing, classic cars, riding motorcycles and playing cards.

Allen is survived by his two daughters, Amy Berns. of Monona, Iowa, and Kristina (Keith) Thompson, of Monona, Iowa; grandchildren, Drew and Mason Hird and Vivian Thompson; his father, Louis H. Berns, of Monona, Iowa; his brothers, Dan (Lisa) Berns, of Farmersburg, Iowa, Ron (Barb) Berns, of Monona, Iowa, Tom (Jo) Berns, of Luana, Iowa, and Brian (Kerri) Berns, of Luana, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Thu
04
Oct

Goldie L. Clanton

Goldie L. Clanton, 95, a lifelong resident of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 3. 

She was born Dec. 30, 1922, the daughter of Gailard and Alma Marie (Oates) Collins. She married Robert Clanton on June 10, 1942, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. She and her husband owned and operated Clanton Construction for over 30 years. Goldie also worked as a cake decorator for Piggly Wiggly for over 40 years. Goldie enjoyed her card club that began during WWII. She was an avid collector of antiques and was a member of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502. Her husband Bob preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 1992. 

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