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Sherwood Matti

Sherwood Edgar Matti, Eastman, passed away, unexpectedly, Thursday, March 14, 2019, at his home, due to natural causes. 

He was born April 25, 1929, in a box car, attached to the house, in Charme, Wisconsin. 

He was named after a local minister, Sherwood Eddie. He was one of five children, Ethel, Gaylord, Neal and Leila. Growing up, he worked on the farm and enjoyed playing softball and marbles. He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in the old B.A. Kennedy School. In 1955, Sherwood and his dad built the house he presently lived in.

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Mar

Phyllis M. Steiner

Phyllis M. Steiner, 88, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health, with her family by her side.  

She was born June 17, 1930, in New Hampton, Iowa, the daughter of Leo and Eva (Beckman) Noehl. She married her sweetheart and loving husband of 64 years, “Lefty” Laverne Steiner on May 30, 1953, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Together, they raised five children:  Brad, Dirk, Brian, Gerri and Jennifer. Phyllis was also involved in the daily operation of the family construction business and The Alaskan Canadian Fur Trading Company.  She was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Church and an avid Cubs and Badger fan.  

Lefty preceded her in death on Aug. 3, 2017.  

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Mar

Pauline J. DuCharme

Pauline J. DuCharme, 63, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at her home.  

She was born Sept. 21, 1955, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Joseph and Norma (Jacobs) Graf. Pauline grew up on the family farm near Bagley and was a graduate of West Grant High School. She worked as a production operator for 3M Company in Prairie du Chien for 34 years until her retirement.  

Pauline is survived by her son Brad “Bud” (Alexandria), of Prairie du Chien; and her brother, Paul (Connie) Graf, of Bagley. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother.

According to Pauline’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family. 

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01
Mar

Paul Fiddler

Paul Fiddler, 97, of McGregor, Iowa, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at Prairie Maison under hospice care in Prairie du Chien. 

He was the son of Michael and Jennie (Albright) Fiddler. Paul was baptized and confirmed Catholic. He attended school in Blue Earth, Minnesota.

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Feb

Rilla F. Oppriecht

Rilla F. Oppriecht, 94, of rural Eastman, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Prairie Maison Nursing Home in Prairie du Chien.  

Rilla Fern Kramer was born May 2, 1924, on the Shanghai Ridge family farm, rural Eastman. Rilla was the 10th of 11 children born to Hubert and Mary (Brady) Kramer.  

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25
Feb

Clarence J. 'Zippy' Reuter

Clarence J. “Zippy” Reuter, 71, of Lancaster, passed away on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at his home. 

 He was born on June 22, 1947, the son of Reaford and Letha (Zenz) Reuter. Zippy graduated from Lancaster High School in 1966.  

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Feb

Zelma L. 'Percie' Moore

Zelma L. Moore, 93, of McGregor, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

Zelma Louene “Percie” Moore, the daughter of Percy Roy and Zelma Marie (Huber) Freeman, was born Jan. 1, 1926 in Norwood, Ohio. She was baptized, and later confirmed on March 24, 1940, at the Congregational Church in McGregor, Iowa. She graduated from McGregor High School in 1943 and was the co-valedictorian of her class. Percie was united in marriage with Kenneth James Moore on July 13, 1946 at the Congregational Church in McGregor. Percie worked as an usher at the McGregor Theater, was a telephone operator, worked at Vick’s Grocery Store, was an office manager at Brooks-Teaser Insurance and worked at Star Milk Coolers. 

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Gerald L. 'Jerry' Forst

Gerald L. "Jerry" Forst, 84, of Janesville, passed away at home on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. He was born in Prairie du Chien, on May 30, 1934, the son of Leonard and Leona (Becwar) Forst. 

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Feb

Donald J. DesRocher

Donald J. DesRocher, 79, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa, following an extended illness.  

He was born July 4, 1939, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Filbert and Marie (DuCharme) DesRocher. He attended St. Gabriel’s Grade School and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School. Don worked for the railroad and later for GTE Electronics. 

He is survived by his brothers, Paul of Racine, and Cyril “Zeke” (Ginger) of Prairie du Chien; along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 

His parents; sisters, Dorothy Selvera, Rose Ruppert, Marge Wood; a brother, Ken; and two infant sisters preceded him in death.

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Feb

Daniel J. Hawes

Daniel J. Hawes, 83, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born Oct. 26, 1935, on the family farm in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, the son of Urban and Ruth (Farley) Hawes. 

He married Kathleen Kramer on Nov. 16, 1968, at Immaculate Conception Church in Wexford, Iowa. Daniel worked in road construction before taking over the family farm near Harpers Ferry, and then later went back into road construction working for F.C. Raemisch, in Waunakee, until his retirement. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 139 and was an avid hunter. He especially enjoyed coon hunting. 

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