Obituaries

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Tue
08
Oct

Sharon Ann Nolan

Sharon Ann Nolan, 76, of Rochester, Minn., passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Hospital. 

Sharon was born May 9, 1943, in Prairie du Chien, to Dorothy (Woods) and Francis “Ding” Smith. 

She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1961. Sharon married Gene M. Nolan on Oct. 21, 1961, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Sharon and Gene lived in southwest Wisconsin before settling in Rochester, Minn., in 1969. Sharon was an avid reader, especially of religious and political content. She loved tending to her flowers, listening to music, had a lifetime love of boating on the Mississippi River, and enjoyed evening happy hours with her husband. Sharon’s love for her family was as big as her love for the Lord. 

Tue
08
Oct

James 'Jim' 'BJ' Keeney

James “Jim” “B.J.” Keeney, 70, of Mt. Hope, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. 

Tue
08
Oct

Doris E. Clark

Doris E. Clark, 87, of Wauzeka, passed away on Thursday Oct. 3, 2019, at home with her loving family by her side. 

She was born on Oct. 19, 1931, in Basswood, the daughter of Myron and Anna Freeda (Hughbanks) Richardson. 

Doris had a varied career history. She was the lead cook at Riverside Supper Club and a production worker at Advance Transformer for many years. Her last position prior to retirement was as a supervisor at a mental health hospital in Meridian, Miss. Doris was a single mother who raised five deeply devoted children. She took great pride in her expertise in the lost arts of knitting, embroidery and crocheting. She especially enjoyed crocheting afghans for wedding and baby gifts. Doris was a fan of classic film noir and western movies, but most of all she loved to visit with her grandchildren. 

Tue
08
Oct

JoAnne Peters

JoAnne Peters, 72, of Bagley, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

She was born on April 26, 1947, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Mason and Kathryn (Degenhardt) Evans. 

She married Richard Peters on June 5, 1965, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. JoAnne worked several years at MPC until her retirement. She enjoyed many hobbies, small projects, traveling, and most of all spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Tue
08
Oct

Charles H. Morel

Charles H. Morel, 89, formerly of Muscoda, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Schmitt Woodland Hills. 

He was born March 26, 1930, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Herman and Mabel (Gokey) Morel. 

Charles served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Theresa Fritsche in Prairie du Chien, and they shared 63 wonderful years together before her passing in 2016. He was a postal clerk and then postmaster serving the Muscoda area for 34 years. 

Charles is survived by children, Steven (Betty), Marilyn Pettit, Michael (Diane) and Cynthia (Michael) Schultz; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He is further survived by sisters, Wanda Stitely, Gloria (Don) Jones; and extended family and friends. 

Tue
01
Oct

Patricia Mae Dickens

Patricia Mae Dickens, 70, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of McGregor, Iowa, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept 28, 2019, following a brief illness. 

She was born on June 16, 1949, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Frankie and Bernice (Cavanaugh) Harry. 

Thu
26
Sep

Leon J. Valley

Leon J. Valley, of Piedmont, Okla., formerly of Prairie du Chien, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. 

He was born Aug 2, 1944, to Robert E. and Norma G. Valley. Leon joined the Navy shortly after graduating from B.A. Kennedy High School in 1962. He was trained for Submarine Service and was on the USS Kamehameha (a Benjamin Franklin-class ballistic missile submarine). He was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After discharge, Leon worked at Control Data in Minneapolis. He eventually transferred to Oklahoma City, were he worked for Seagate Manufacturing in computer technology. 

Thu
26
Sep

Edward William Fritsche

Edward William Fritsche, 75, of Salinas, Calif. and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Salinas, Calif. 

He was born Oct. 15, 1943, in Prairie du Chien, son of Edward and Ludmila (Balk) Fritsche. 

He married Patricia Cardine on Sept. 20, 1969, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. He lived in California for 39 years. He worked mainly in law enforcement and construction.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; and two sons, Michael (Silvia) and Steven (Jennifer); three grandchildren, Grace, Sean and Joseph; four sisters, Anne (John) Rink, Mary Frydenlund, and Rose (Jerry) Wright of Prairie du Chien, Margaret (Jim) of Trotwood, Ohio. 

Tue
24
Sep

Francis E. Heisz

Francis E. Heisz, 83, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at his home. 

He was born on May 13, 1936, in Pine Creek, the son of Charles and Evelyn (Garvey) Heisz. Francis married Patricia Kahler, who died in 1999. He married Corrine Hull on Feb. 23, 1981. Frank loved the Brewers, Packers and Badgers. He enjoyed fishing and everything the Mississippi River had to offer. Francis took great pleasure in the Prairie Dog Blues Festival and music and visiting the Villa Louis. 

Mon
23
Sep

Linda L. Schilter

Linda L. Schilter, 75, of Bagley, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at Orchard Manor Care Center in Lancaster. 

She was born on Sept. 1, 1944, in Lancaster, the daughter of Willard and Ada Caley. 

Linda married Albert Schilter on Sept. 12, 1980, at the Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on April 5, 1995. 

Linda worked as a CNA at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital for many years until her retirement. She was a member of the Bagley Women’s American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping and “God’s little creatures.” 

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