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Tue
11
Sep

Anna M. Steffensmeier

Anna M. Steffensmeier, 87, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, at the Gundersen Health System of La Crosse. 

She was born May 27, 1931, in Patch Grove, the daughter of Alonzo and Ivanelle (Taylor) Wilkinson. She married Cletus Steffensmeier on Aug. 27, 1960, at St. John’s Church in Patch Grove. Together, they farmed most of their lives in the Patch Grove area before retiring in Prairie du Chien in 1988. Cletus preceded her in death on March 19, 2011. 

Tue
11
Sep

Paul Sebastian

Paul Sebastian, adored and cherished husband, father, and grandfather, found comfort in the arms of his loving Savior on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at the age of 84.

Paul’s life story began on June 7, 1934, in Prairie du Chien—where he spent his childhood helping on his grandparents’ farm and fishing for bluegill on the Mississippi River. Upon graduation from Campion College Preparatory School, Paul served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956, and received an honorable discharge. Several years later, he graduated from UW-Madison with a BBA in accounting and earned his CPA distinction. While living in Madison, Paul met his future wife, Beatrice Cimpl, after a Badger football game. The rest was history. Paul and Bea were married in August of 1959, and their love story continued into parenthood with the adoptions of son, Tom, and daughter, Mary. 

Tue
11
Sep

Michael J. Hurda

Michael J. Hurda, 69, of Seneca, passed away Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Bland Bekkedal Hospice Center in Viroqua. 

Michael was born Nov. 1, 1948, in Prairie du Chien,  the son of John and Florence (Copus) Hurda. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He married Judy Ray on Oct. 9, 1976, at the Salem United Methodist Church in Eastman. Mike worked at Advance Transformer in Boscobel for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle. He was renowned for his conversational skills. 

Wed
05
Sep

Eric T. Brey

Eric T. Brey, 42, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Richland Center, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. He was born on Sept. 14, 1975, in Sauk County, to Richard and Dorothy (Rose) Brey. 

On Sept. 30, 1991, Eric’s life would forever change. Despite Eric’s disability, he never let it get the best of him. Even on his worst days, he would get up in his wheelchair and conquer the world. 

On Aug. 27, 2011, Eric married the love of his life Lori (Lewis). He was currently an intern with the Crawford County Master Gardeners. He was a 1994 graduate of Richland Center High School. 

Tue
04
Sep

Anne E. Matti

Anne E. Matti, 88, passed away peacefully on Aug. 31, at McKinley Place in Cedarburg. 

She was born on Dec. 10, 1929, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Orley and Belva Chamberlain.

Anne is survived by her seven children, Susan (Phil) Schroeder, Steven Matti, Nancy (Steve) Irlbeck, Bill Matti, Jeff (Kit) Matti, Jennifer (Mike) Wirth and Christopher Matti; grandchildren, Jesse (David), Emily (Dan), Allison (Joey), Bryan (Carly), Kevin (Maggie), Hannah, Nina, Anne, Madeline, James, Kesslyn and Mason. She is also survived by four great-grandsons; sister, Adeline (George) Sutton; brother, Richard (Lora) Chamberlain; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gaylord Matti; parents; brother, Orley; and sisters, Cleo, Gertrude and Evelyn.

Tue
04
Sep

Karen R. White

Karen R. White, 73, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Monday, Sept. 3, at her home following an extended illness. 

She was born Dec. 1, 1944, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Vincent and Viola (Muller) Polodna. She married Ronald White on Jan. 5, 1963, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Karen owned and operated a country gift shop, Color Me Country, in McGregor, Iowa. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed birds, her flower gardens and most of all, her treasured grandchildren. 

Tue
28
Aug

Cecelia M. Mara

Cecelia M. Mara, 97, of Eastman, passed away Monday, Aug. 27, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. She was born Feb. 10, 1921, in Eastman, the daughter of Amos and Sophia (Ocenosak) DuCharme. She married Francis Mara on Aug. 24, 1943, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Together they, farmed in the Eastman/Wauzeka area most of their lives. Cecelia was an active member of St. Wenceslaus Church, enjoyed playing rummy, crocheting, quilting, and scratching off an occasional lottery ticket. Frank preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 2002. 

Tue
28
Aug

Lydia Marie Rios

Lydia Marie Rios, the infant daughter of Abraham and Alicia (Giddings) Rios, passed away Thursday, Aug. 24, at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, following complications with her birth. She was born July 16, 2018, in West Union, IA. 

She is survived by her parents, Abraham and Alicia and their children Anthony and Brylan Rios, all of Elgin. Her paternal grandfather Antonio Rios, of Oaxaca, Mexico, and maternal grandmother Dawn Fernette, of Elgin, Iowa.

A celebration of Lydia’s life is being planned and will be announced later. The Garrity Funeral Home, of Prairie du Chien, is assisting the family. 

Thu
23
Aug

Wilfred (Bill) Gayle Stewart

Wilfred (Bill) Gayle Stewart, 81, of Buckeye, Ariz., passed peacefully Saturday, Aug. 18, surrounded by family. 

Born June 30, 1937, in Algona, Iowa, first born to Wilfred and Wilma Stewart. He graduated class of 1955 from West High School in Waterloo, Iowa. 

Thu
23
Aug

Juanita Norma Vogel Martin

Juanita Norma Vogel Martin, 100, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

One hundred years is a very long life, and Juanita lived it to the fullest. She was born at Lynxville and spent her childhood in Mt. Sterling, where her parents Charles and Edith (Bottolfson) Vogel had a small business. She was confirmed at Utica Lutheran Church, attended Mt. Sterling Grade School, and graduated from Seneca High School in 1935. Her plan to attend La Crosse Teacher’s College ended when her faher’s illness required that she, the oldest child, stay home to help the family. 

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