Obituaries

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Tue
09
May

Bette M. Bushnell

Bette M. Bushnell, age 102 of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at Bluff Haven Assisted Living in Prairie du Chien. She was born on May 10, 1920, the daughter of Raymond and Mary (Edge) Rheel. She married Donald Knapp Sr. on October 10, 1942, in Oakland, CA. He preceded her in death on October 13, 1991. She then married Guerdon Bushnell in 1994, and also preceded her in death on February 4, 2011. Bette had a heart to serve her whole life, that’s who she was. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1941, she became a third-grade teacher, and her students remember her to this day.

Tue
09
May

Michael J. Atkinson (Mike)

Michael J. Atkinson (Mike), age 62 of Wauzeka, Wisc. passed away Sunday, April 30, 2023, at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Prairie du Chien on April 4, 1961, the son of LaVern and Virginia (Bomkamp) Atkinson. Mike graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1979. He then attended Southwest Technical College where he obtained two associate degrees. Mike married Janice Kreher on November 27, 1982, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wauzeka. Mike & Janice were blessed with two daughters, Kristy, and Linda. 

Tue
09
May

Joanne Carolyn Dull

Joanne Carolyn Dull, age 87 of McGregor, Iowa passed away Saturday, December 31, 2022 at Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa.

Tue
09
May

Bonnie J. Boland

Bonnie J. Boland, age 72 of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, May 1, 2023, at the UW Health University Hospital in Madison, Wisc. She was born on January 27, 1951, the daughter of Milford “Jr” and Judith (Grimsled) Payne. She grew up on the family farm in Seneca, WI where she enjoyed helping with the daily chores. She liked to play softball growing up and was a talented pitcher. Bonnie married Bernard “Butch” Boland on February 24, 1968. She worked at B.A. Kennedy Elementary School in Prairie du Chien as a custodian and cook for many years.

Sun
07
May

Dora “Kay” Kathleen Hefner

Dora “Kay” Kathleen Hefner, 88, of McGregor, Iowa died Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, Wisc. after a sudden illness. She was born May 23, 1934 to Neil and Catherine (Melvin) McCormick at home in rural Harpers Ferry, Iowa. Kay graduated from Waukon High School in 1952.
 

Tue
02
May

Doris Helen Laufenberg Krogman

Doris Helen Laufenberg Krogman, age 91, of Prairie du Chien, Wisc. passed away on Monday, April 17, 2023, at Crossing Rivers Health having lived a long and joyous life.

Tue
02
May

Ronald D. Riggs

Ronald D. Riggs, 91, of Mt. Zion, WI died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, April 24, 2023, in his home.

Tue
02
May

Diana Marie Stevenson

Diana Marie Stevenson, age 67, of Prairie du Chien, Wisc. passed away January 9, 2023. She was born September 17, 1955, in Blue Earth, Minnesota to Boyd and Marlys (Samuelson) Loveless. Diana grew up in Cresco, Iowa and attended Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On December 11, 1976, she married Michael “Mike” Stevenson. Earlier that year, they moved to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin where she worked as a florist for Stanley and Mary Lou Garnsworthy. Together, Diana and Mike opened the Great River Outdoor Theatre and raised two children. Diana was a longtime member of the Arbor Day Foundation and the St.

Tue
02
May

Irma Lee Koonce

Irma Lee Koonce, 86 of West Salem, Wisc. and formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. She was born February 20, 1937, in St. Paul, MN to Alvin and Bertha (Berquist) Wisdom and graduated from St. Paul Central High School on June 17, 1955.

Thu
27
Apr

Doris Helen Laufenberg Krogman

Doris Helen Laufenberg Krogman, age 91, of Prairie du Chien, Wisc. passed away on Monday, April 17, 2023, at Crossing Rivers Health having lived a long and joyous life.

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