Obituaries

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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. 

Tue
21
Aug

Linda J. Konichek

Linda J. Konichek, of Fennimore and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away on her 69th birthday, Wednesday, Aug. 15. 

She was born Aug. 15, 1949, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Donald and June (Reinhardt) Hand. Linda married John Konichek, Feb. 3, 1968, at the United Methodist Church in Prairie du Chien. She worked as a cook for several restaurants in the Prairie du Chien area and also in the manufacturing industry for companies such as Monona Wire and Prairie Industries. 

Tue
21
Aug

Cecilia M. Valley Steinberg

Cecilia M. Valley Steinberg, 101, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully with her loving daughters by her side on Thursday, Aug. 16, in Benson, Ariz. 

She was born June 17, 1917, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Charles and Celia (Strnad) Valley. She began working at the Crawford County Courthouse while in high school in all departments. She graduated top of her class in 1935. She married the love of her life, Milton “Shorty” Steinberg on January 30, 1937. Together they raised four fabulous children. 

Mon
13
Aug

Dorothy Ann Birrenbach

Dorothy Ann Birrenbach, 80, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

Dorothy was born on Jan. 11, 1938, in Le Sueur, Minn., the daughter of Floyd and Anna (Schaefer) Schwarz.  Dorothy was united in marriage with John Kenneth “Ken” Birrenbach on Feb. 28, 1956. She was an avid bridge player, golfer and bowler. Dorothy was a member of the Memorial Hospital board. She was also an active member of the United Methodist Church and of the 20th century Study Club. (Book Club) She participated in volunteers in Missions for over fifteen years. 

Mon
13
Aug

Elsie C. Cecka

Elsie C. Cecka, 93, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, at the Prairie Maison Nursing Home where she resided since May 2004. 

She was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Frank and Elsie (Geisler) Welsh. She was living on the family farm on Irish Ridge when her mother passed away at the young age of 39. Then the family moved into Prairie du Chien. 

Mon
13
Aug

Georgina M. Mullikin

Georgina M. Mullikin, 88, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa.

She was born Sept. 11, 1929, in Wauzeka, the daughter of John and Grace (Mills) Emery. She married Clifford Mullikin on Sept. 16, 1950. He preceded her in death on July 2, 1998. Georgina enjoyed sewing and loved making doll dresses. 

Tue
07
Aug

Kenneth L. Cornford

Kenneth L. Cornford, 83, of Beloit, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 2, in his home.

He was born Oct. 29, 1934, in Prairie du Chien, the son of John B. and Marcella J. (Valley) Cornford. Ken was a 1952 graduate of Prairie du Chien High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Ken married Lois Bouzek on Jan. 19, 1955, in Prairie du Chien.

Mon
06
Aug

Harold Siegele

Harold Siegele, 80, of Prairie du Chien, died Thursday, Aug. 2, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

Harold was born on Aug. 25, 1937, in McGregor, Iowa, the son of Harry and Anna Marie (Carlson) Siegele. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1955. Harold joined and proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Harold was united in marriage with Janet Tippery. Two children were born to this union. The couple later divorced. He was then united in marriage with Diane Heuser-Selvester. Harold worked as a butcher at Piggly Wiggly and also at 3M for twenty plus years before retiring. 

Mon
06
Aug

Linda J. Lessard

Linda J. Lessard, 69, of Muscoda and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, at Gracious Way Assisted Living in Muscoda.

She was born Nov. 6, 1948, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Donald and Ruth (Jones) Lessard. Linda owned and operated the Maytag Laundromat and at the HiWay Grill, both in Prairie du Chien. She loved her nieces and nephews. 

She is survived by her brothers, James (Leanne) Lessard, of Wauzeka, and Mark (Sharon) Lessard, of Horicon. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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