Obituaries

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26
Jun

David James Armoto

David James Armoto, 76, of Volga, passed away Monday, June 4, at his home in Volga, Iowa. 

He was born March 20, 1942, in Hanover, Ill., to James D. and Iva Mae (Shaw) Armoto. He was baptized in Mt. Sterling. David was united in marriage to Carol Hein on June 17, 1992, in Prairie du Chien. He was a welder and foreman for CBI for approximately 40 years. His job took him all over the world. 

Tue
26
Jun

Michael E. DeMuth

Michael E. DeMuth, 79, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, June 19, at his home. 

He was born Dec. 17, 1938, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Raymond and Martha (Weber) DeMuth. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He married Patricia Harris on June 22, 1963. Mike worked as a mechanic for Lloyd Schneider and later for Lochner’s Service Station in Prairie du Chien. 

Tue
26
Jun

Geraldine (Gerri) Edwards

Geraldine (Gerri) Edwards, 97, of McGregor, died surrounded by loved ones on Monday, June 18, at the Lutheran Retirement Home in Northwood, where she had resided for the past six and a half years.

She was born on May 22, 1921, in McGregor, the daughter of Henry Sr. and Elizabeth Kleinow. She attended and graduated from McGregor High School. She married Marlyn Edwards on Sept. 8, 1939, in McGregor. They had one daughter, Juanita.

Tue
26
Jun

Jennifer A. Cull Lewis

Jennifer A. Cull Lewis, 46, of Crystal Lake, Ill., and formerly of Prairie du Chien, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 19, at her home following a brief illness.

She was born Aug. 25, 1971, in Madison, the daughter of Bernard and Edith (North) Cull. She married Richard Lewis on May 4, 2003, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Jennifer worked at a veterinary hospital and was an animal activist. She especially loved dogs. She enjoyed her visits to Disneyland and Disney World. 

Tue
26
Jun

Jennifer A. Cull Lewis

Jennifer A. Cull Lewis, 46, of Crystal Lake, Ill., and formerly of Prairie du Chien, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 19, at her home following a brief illness.

She was born Aug. 25, 1971, in Madison, the daughter of Bernard and Edith (North) Cull. She married Richard Lewis on May 4, 2003, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Jennifer worked at a veterinary hospital and was an animal activist. She especially loved dogs. She enjoyed her visits to Disneyland and Disney World. 

Tue
26
Jun

Sharon K. Harris

Sharon K. Harris, 77, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Sunday, June 24, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. 

No formal funeral is planned at this time. Information about a celebration of life and a complete obituary will follow soon.

Thu
21
Jun

Mary Ellen Cavanagh

After almost nine decades of happy stewardship, Mary Ellen Cavanagh died Saturday, June 16, at her home in Lansing. 

Mary Ellen was born Sept. 3, 1930, to Charles and Julia (Riley) Carroll and raised on the Carroll Dairy Farm in McGregor. She inherited her mother’s strength and used it in positive and nurturing ways. Mary Ellen graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque in 1948, and attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. For several years thereafter, Mary taught in the one-room schoolhouses of Clayton County: Beulah, Sny Magill and Swede Ridge. More than sixty years later, looking at a class photo from those years, she could name every student and tell a story about them.

Tue
19
Jun

Shirley M. Panka

Shirley M. Panka, 74, of Prairie du Chien, died Thursday, June 14, at Crossing Rivers Health Systems, Prairie du Chien.

Shirley Marie was born Dec. 7, 1943, to Clifford and Bonnie (Harris) Cull in Boscobel. She attended school in Fennimore.

Tue
19
Jun

Alfred J. “Fritz” Recker

Alfred J. “Fritz” Recker, 92, passed away Friday, June 15, at his home with his daughter Karen at his side. 

He was born Nov. 6, 1925, the son of Andrew and Josephine (Ovel) Recker. Fritz attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Bloomington and graduated from the eighth grade. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII, where he served with the 82nd Ordnance Group in Austria, as an automotive mechanic. 

Mon
18
Jun

Elizabeth V. “Betty” Curtis

Elizabeth V. “Betty” Curtis, 100, of Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, June 17, at The Walter Schmidt Care Center in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Sept. 3, 1917, the daughter of Alfred and Coral (Palmer) Leighty. She married Fay Curtis on Oct. 21, 1961, at the United Methodist Church in Janesville. Fay preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2000. Betty worked for Parker Pen in Janesville for many years.

She is survived by her cousins, especially Norma Huza, of Prairie du Chien, along with several nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother Robert Moore.

According to Betty’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. A private interment will be in the Union Nagle Cemetery in Patch Grove. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.

 

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