Obituaries

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11
Jul

Alice M. Simmons

Alice M. Simmons, 74, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 28, 2019, at the Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Nov. 6, 1944, in Mt. Horeb, the daughter of Robert and Loretta (Powers) Helmenstein. 

She married William Simmons on July 11, 1964, in Cadillac, Mich. Bill preceded her in death on Dec .1, 2010. Alice worked as a beautician, owning and operating Alice’s Hair Care in Prairie du Chien. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who enjoyed painting portraits and landscapes.

Thu
11
Jul

Robert H. Trautsch

Robert H. Trautsch, 79, of Eastman, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, from injuries sustained in an accident on July 4. 

He was born March 10, 1940, the son of Harry and Edna (Seymour) Trautsch. 

He served in the U.S. Army and later in the Army National Guard. He married Elizabeth Andrew on July 31, 1965, at the La Farge Methodist Church. Bob farmed in the Eastman area and owned and operated Bob’s Place in Eastman. He was a past Tavern League president. He later owned T.F. Agri-Service in Seneca. Bob also worked as a seed dealer for Munson Hybrids, which would become Cornelius Hybrids. He was an active member of the Eastman community and will be sadly missed by all. 

Tue
09
Jul

Steve Ledesma

Steve Ledesma, 67, of McGregor, Iowa died Saturday, June 29, 2019, at his home in McGregor, Iowa. 

Steve was born Feb. 15, 1952, to Antonio and Elizabeth (Mroz) Ledesma in Chicago. He attended high school in Midlothian, Ill. Steve was united in marriage with Nancy Higgins on July 4, 1986, in Tinley Park, Ill. Two sons were born to this union, Steve Jr. and William. Steve worked at Cabela’s and, in his spare time, enjoyed reading, doing jigsaw puzzles and working in the yard. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

Tue
02
Jul

Mary Ann Dirksen

Mary Ann Dirksen, 77, of Eastman, passed away Friday, June 28, 2019, at the Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay. 

She was born Dec. 24, 1941, in Sioux Falls, S.D., the daughter of Leonard and Rose Kelly. 

She married Elmer Dirksen on Feb. 7, 1957, in Bryant, S.D. Together they farmed in South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Mary Ann enjoyed sewing, quilting and was a great cook. She especially enjoyed raising and tending her peacocks. 

Elmer preceded her in death on May 19, 2016. 

She is survived by her sons, Gordon (Jen) and Matthew (Danielle) Dirksen both of Green Bay; her grandchildren, Aiden, Brooke, Dane, Brady and Justin (Missy); along with her great- grandchildren, Noble, Cadence and Landolin. 

Tue
02
Jul

Virginia M. Williams

Virginia M. Williams, 89, of Prairie du Chien, died Friday, May 24, 2019, at Clare Bridge (Brookdale) assisted living in La Crosse. 

Ginny was born July 8, 1929, to Dr. Henry and Florence (McIntosh) Gauger in Prairie du Chien. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1947.

Fri
28
Jun

Gerald A. 'Jerry' Rauch

Gerald A. “Jerry” Rauch, 92, of Prairie du Chien, and formerly of Glen Haven, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, with his daughters by his side at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien. 

Mon
24
Jun

Donald A. Schiffman

Donald A. Schiffman, 87, of Bagley, passed away at home on Thursday, June 20, 2019, with his two daughters by his side after a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

Mon
24
Jun

Hazel S. Boom

Hazel S. Boom, 96, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

Hazel, daughter of LeRoy and Vivian (Kramer) Schwenn, was born April 19, 1923, on a farm north of Madison, near Morrisonville, Columbia County. 

Hazel graduated from West High School in Madison in June of 1941. After her graduation she moved to Eastman, and worked part-time at the telephone office. Hazel was united in marriage with Daniel Boom on Nov. 1, 1942. To this union, three children, Rodney, Roger and Esther were born. 

Mon
24
Jun

Donna Marie (Benoy) Fortney

Donna Marie (Benoy) Fortney, 82, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Prairie Masion in Prairie du Chien. 

Donna Marie was born July 15, 1936, to Clarence and Ella (Fisher) Benoy in Crawford County. 

Mon
24
Jun

Richard Towle

Richard Towle, 75, of McGregor, Iowa, died Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at his home in McGregor. 

Richard Bruce was born Jan. 25, 1944, to William Irving and Lavonne (Prouty) Towle in McGregor. 

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