Prairie du Chien, WI Maria T. Ingle age 76 of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the Sannes Skagdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove, WI. She was born October 11, 1934 in Lein, Austria, the daughter of William and Katherine (Sambauer) Gruber. She married George Ingle on August 6, 1955 in Munich, Germany. He preceded her in death on May 22, 2007. She worked at National Decorated Metals in Prairie du Chien and later at McGregor Electronics in McGregor, IA. Maria also waitressed in several area businesses. She is survived by her children, Renee Ingle of Prairie du Chien, Sue (Ed) Heisz of Soldiers Grove, WI, Kate Heisz of Gays Mills, WI, Cindy (Bob) Jacobus of Boscobel, WI, Steve (Kelly) Ingle, Deb (Dan) Noble, and Penny Hazlett all of Prairie du Chien, her sisters, Elfreide’, Louise’ and Inge, 17 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Her parents, her husband, a brother Max and a sister Helga, preceded her in death. A Memorial service will be Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the Garrity Funeral Home Chapel. A private family inurnment will be later. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 12:00 Noon until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. www.garrityfuneralhome.com a
Lorraine H. Maag
Woodman, WI - Lorraine H. Maag, age 96 of rural Woodman, passed away on Monday March 28, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore. She was born December 2, 1914 in Marion Township Grant County Wisconsin. The daughter of Louis and Louisa (Wellner) Brechler. She married Edwin Maag on February 25, 1936 in Marion Township Grant County Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on September 13, 2002. Lorraine and Edwin farmed in Hickory Grove all of their lives. She is survived by two sons; Lloyd (Linda) Maag of Woodman, Delbert (Kris) Maag of Prairie du Chien. Three daughters: Eldeen (Eugene) Oechsle of Fennimore, Eileen (Gordon) Durand of Verona, Diane (Jim) Collins of Boscobel. 19 Grandchildren, 31 Great-Grandchildren. One sister Evelyn Gebhard of Boscobel. A daughter in law; Carol Maag of Prairie du Chien. She was preceded in death by one son Alvin Maag, one brother Virgil Brechler, one great-granddaughter Brittany Maag. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday April 2,2011 at 11;00 a.m. At the Fennimore United Methodist Church in Fennimore. Pastor Duane Andrus officiating. Burial in the Bethel Cemetery Hickory Grove Township. Friends may call on Saturday April 2, 2011 from 10:00 A.M. until the time of Service at the Fennimore United Methodist Church. The Kendall Funeral Service in Boscobel is assisting the family. Online condolence may be sent to www.kendallfuneralservice.com
Donald "Donnie Ray" Schulz
Donald "Donnie Ray" Schulz, 52 passed away peacefully at home on Wed. March 30, 2011 after a long battle with Diabeties and Liver Disease. Born Oct. 12, 1958 to Leland & Betty(Thornton)Schulz in Merril, WI. He was well known in Prairie Du Chien as a cook at the Hungry House Cafe and many other restaraunts. He had a vast knowledge of music, all sports, loved the Packers, and had a gift for laughter. He is survived by his Daughter, Christina(Cliff)Hatchett,VA, his Fiance Karen Kviz,Prairie Du Chien, Mother Betty Schulz, AZ, Sister Roxanne(Jim)Stenseth, Antigo WI, Brothers Robert(Margaret)Schulz,PDC, WI, Ronnie,AZ, Ricky,AZ, Rueben(Samantha)WI, Roger,WI Richared,MN, numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nephews, Nieces, Grand Nephews, Grand Nieces and countless Friends. He was proceded in death by his Father, Leland Schulz,Grandmother Virginia Thornton, & Grandfather Harold Thornton. A memorial service will be held at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie Du Chien on Sat. April 2, 2011 at 1:00pm, Visitation from 12-1pm. At Donnies request we ask that you please wear your Packer shirts and join us at a gathering at Susy's Bar following the service. In lieu of flowers please make Donations to a memorial fund established in Donnie’s name at Associated Bank, PDC. www.garrityfuneralhome.com
Larry Repsumer, 68, of Richland Center died Friday, April 1, 2011 at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. He was born the son of Theron and Inez (McMillin) Repsumer on June 5, 1942 in Marshall Township. Larry graduated from Richland Center High School in 1960 where he excelled in track. He attended MATC and entered the US Army serving in Vietnam from 1964-1966. After being discharged from the Army he worked at the Richland Center Power Plant then Plastic Ingenuity retiring in 2007. Larry loved fishing, turkey and deer hunting, watching sports especially the Packers and Brewers, and having dinner with family and friends. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Richland Center. Larry is survived by two children, Jeff (Debbie) Repsumer of Cambridge, Laurie (friend Matt Hudson) Repsumer of Lancaster, 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Beverly (Richard) Decot of Richland Center, Linda (Paul) Mayfield Buening of Richland Center, many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Larry was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Emmanuel Famiyeh officiating. Burial will follow at the Fancy Creek Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites provided by the Local Military Memorial Honors Unit. Friends may call at the Pratt Memorial Chapel on Monday, April 4, 2011 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM with the Knights of Columbus Rosary to be held at 3:45 PM and again at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at 10:30 AM. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with their arrangements.
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Wyvonne M. Merry, age 80 of Richland Center, died Thursday March 31, 2011, at Schmitt Woodland Hills. She was born January 28, 1931 in Gillingham, WI to Lester and Myrtle Fruit. Wyvonne graduated from Richland Center Highschool and married Merlyn Merry later that year on August 17, 1949 in Gillingham, WI. The two owned a dairy and beef farm on Ash Ridge until they retired in 1992. Wyvonne was active in the Ash Ridge Baptist Church, the Viola Busy Beavers 4H club, Richland County Beef Producers and several other local organizations. Wyvonne is survived by two sons: Rod and (Sandy) Merry of Minneapolis,MN and their children Samantha, Logan and Jacklyn Randy and (Bonnie) Merry of Woodville, WA and their children Taylor and Benjamin Her siblings: Garland Fruit, Marilyn Williams, Emmogene Emerson, Avis Unbehaun, Hubert Fruit, Clinton Fruit, Carol Dieter, Gordon Fruit and Sandy Scott. She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlyn Merry. Visitation will be from 4:00PM-7:00PM Sunday, April 3rd, and funeral services will be held at 11:00AM on Monday, April 4th, at the Pratt Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be on Monday from 10:00 AM until service time at 11:00 AM. Pastor Mary Jeffries will officiate with burial in the Ash Ridge Cemetery. The family will host a luncheon after the burial at the Pratt Community Hall. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association National Office 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
Helge Bogh ("Bo") Sorensen
Helge Bogh ("Bo") Sorensen, 88, of Cazenovia, Wis. passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at his home. He was born in Herrested, Denmark to Carl and Dagmar (Rasmussen) Sorensen on April 8, 1922. He worked as an engineer in the automobile industry. He had retired to his farm in Henrietta Township, Richland County, Wis. about fifteen years ago. There will be no funeral services. The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown served the family. Condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com.
Karen Kay Smith
Karen Kay Smith, 57, of Arena, died Sunday, March 27, 2011 at her home. She was born May 5, 1953 in Richland Center the daughter of James and Susan (Yera) Miller. She graduated from Riverdale High School in 1971. Karen went to school to learn about computers and worked at the Wisconsin State Journal installing their computer systems. She went back to school and received Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Social Work. Karen started working at home with AIG and later with AT&T. Karen is survived by two sons, Travis Smith of Monona, David Smith of Arena, two grandchildren, Bailey and Taylor, parents, James and Susan Miller of South Dakota, three brothers, John (Genny) Miller of Richland Center, Gary (Ann) Miller of Boscobel, Dennis Miller of Prairie du Chien, special friends, Callie Johnson of Muscoda, Deena Crist of Boscobel, many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Karen was preceded in death by her grandparents. As per Karen’s request there will be no funeral service. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service of Richland Center is assisting the family with their arrangements.
Margie L. Messling
Benjamin “Ben” F. Irons
Prairie du Chien, WI Margie L. Messling age 64 of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011 at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. She was born June 30, 1946 in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Daniel and Lena (Bankes) Watters. She married Roger Messling on February 27, 1961 in Dubuque, IA. He preceded her in death on March 18, 1991. Margie volunteered at the Coulee Cap Office and enjoyed fishing, hunting mushrooms, cribbage, cards and yahtzee. She loved embroidering and crocheting, especially afghans. She is survived by her daughters, Lisa (Brad) White and Laurie (Tracy) Pedretti both of Prairie du Chien, her son Lonnie (Cathy) Messling of Prairie du Sac, WI, her brother, Don (Theresa) Watters, and her sister Rosemary Wayne both of Boscobel, WI, 12 grandchildren, Scott McDaniel, Shannon (Mark) Kirking, Trina (Chris) Collins, Kyle, Chelsie, Chandler and Karli White, David (Heather), Brent (Maria) and Tyler Baker, Morgan and Spencer Pedretti, along with 4 great grandchildren, Benjamin, Dylan, Kendra and Mitchell Baker. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 3 brothers and a sister. Funeral services will be Friday, April 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Garrity Funeral Home Chapel in Prairie du Chien, WI with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Mt. Sterling, WI. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of services. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital Hospice program.www.garrityfuneralhome.com
Benjamin Francis Irons completed his journey down the river of life at the age of 93 years, 1 month, and 11 days, on March 28, 2011. He passed away peacefully at Thornton Manor, Lansing, IA where he had been a resident since November of 2008. Ben was born February 17, 1918, in Bellevue, IA to Ernest “Pat” and Ruth (Thompson) Irons, the second of 14 children. Ben was about three years of age when the Irons family moved upstream to another Mississippi River town, New Albin, where Ben spent the rest of his formative years. Ben’s most cherished childhood memories were of his summer days spent with his older brother Jack at their Grandpa Bill “Cook” Irons’ farm shanty, situated on Big Slough in the backwaters of the Mississippi River, midway between New Albin and Lansing. The boys helped their Grandpa with farming operations, commercial fishing and guiding services. Ben’s idyllic days of farming and fishing on Big Slough came to an end when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began constructing the lock and dam system. Their beloved shanty became headquarters for the Corps during this construction period. In the end, Grandpa Bill’s shanty was burned to the ground, and their river lifestyle became but a distant memory. However, Ben remained tied to the river as an avid fisherman and hunter. During the school year, weekends were often spent in the river bottoms with Ben’s brothers, cutting firewood for the family and hauling it to town by horse and cutter. Ben also worked with his father harvesting ice from the river, which they delivered and stacked in several ice houses around town. Always looking for ways to help his family, Ben was willing to take any job that came along. Throughout his high school days, he worked in the “Cloverleaf” grocery store, made deliveries for his Grandpa’s dray service, and hired out for farm work. Ben graduated from New Albin High School in 1935, where he excelled in basketball and baseball. His love of music led him to play drums in the school band, and later with orchestras that traveled to nearby towns to entertain at local celebrations. In June of 1935, Ben enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which was created in 1933 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide work for young men during the Great Depression. Ben learned to operate heavy equipment while working on resource conservation projects, earning $30 a month, of which $25 was sent home to his family. One winter was so brutal that the men were forced to rip up floorboards in their barracks to burn for heat until the weather improved. During his 45 months in the CCC, Ben helped construct the Decorah Fish Hatchery, and Backbone State Park near Strawberry Point. Throughout his life Ben took great pride in his work. Today, a life-size silhouette of Ben running a jackhammer graces the Backbone State Park Museum. Ben was honored to be selected as a member of the CCC color guard for President Franklin D. Roosevelt when the President’s train stopped in Oelwein, IA on October 9, 1936, as part of FDR’s “Whistle Stop” tour. Ben was stationed within 15 feet of the President as he addressed the crowd. In March of 1939, Ben was honorably discharged from the CCC. Ben’s natural athletic skills did not go unnoticed. Not only did he play baseball and football on the CCC teams, but he was also recruited to play baseball for Decorah, Oelwein and Lansing town teams. He once played basketball against a team that was part of the Harlem Globetrotters organization, and also played baseball against a barnstorming team known as the Texas Black Spiders. He was a dedicated fan of the Lansing-New Albin Kee Hawks, Iowa Hawkeyes, Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Braves, always searching newspapers and TV for scores and stats. On May 25, 1940, Ben was united in marriage to Elsie Magnusson, daughter of Herman and Mattie (Carlyle) Magnusson, of Lansing. Two daughters, Gail and Betty, and one son, Jerry were born to this union. The Irons family made their permanent home in Lansing - one block from the Mississippi River. In the early years of their marriage, Ben was employed by G. J. Lowe Construction of Marion, IA, operating heavy equipment on road construction projects in Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa. Ben enlisted in the Navy Seabees during World War II, where his skill operating heavy equipment served him well. His tour of duty with the 103rd Construction Battalion took him to the Caroline Islands and Guam in the Pacific where the Seabees constructed weather stations, roads and airfields. The war ended the night their ship landed on Guam. On April 4, 1946, Ben was honorably discharged from the Navy Seabees, and he returned to his family in Lansing. Ben initially went back to work for Lowe Construction Company, but was eager to find work closer to home. In November of 1946 he secured a position with Bates and Rogers Construction Company of Chicago, building the new Interstate Power Company plant near Lansing on the banks of the river he loved. Ben would eventually become a heavy equipment operator for the new Interstate Power Company, unloading coal barges, filling coal bunkers, and taking care of the equipment as if it were his own. Because he understood the entire operation of the power plant, Ben was often called upon to give tours of the plant. He could identify a towboat by the sound of its engine as it passed by Lansing in the night. Ben retired in February of 1983, just two months short of 35 years of service to Interstate Power Company. Ben was a member of the Lansing Volunteer Fire Department, proudly serving for 24 years. He was a charter member of the Lansing VFW, and later joined the Lansing American Legion. Ben was a student of the world who never lost his thirst for knowledge. He was an avid reader who loved to quote statistics, keeping abreast of world events, sports, and the Mississippi River. He could always tell you the river stage and how many barges had locked through that week. Ben could be described much as his grandfather once was, “A man of retiring disposition who had a faculty of attending strictly to his own affairs.” He was a gentle soul and honest to the core. Ben’s word was his bond, and, to him, a handshake was as good as a signed legal document. He was always there for family and friends, never asking for anything in return. A child of the Great Depression and a proud, but humble, member of the Greatest Generation, Ben could fix almost anything, and relished the challenge. One of the fondest memories Ben’s children and grandchildren will always cherish is their boat rides with him through the backwaters of the Mississippi River between Lansing and New Albin. He knew the river like the back of his hand, and the name of every slough. Ben loved relating stories of the “good old days.” With each new generation, he shared his vast knowledge of fishing, hunting, and the Mississippi River. Each good-bye followed the same loving ritual (no matter the length of separation) - an exchange of farewell hugs and kisses, and ending with a heartfelt “ Love you.” Left to mourn Ben are his wife Elsie; his children, Gail Terwilliger, Betty (Ric) Zarwell, all of Lansing, and Jerry (Nancy) Irons of Holmen, WI; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Wayne (Mary) Irons, of Davenport; IA; and five sisters, Laura Karczewski of Chicago, IL; Barbara Mellem of Prairie du Chien, WI; Marjorie Haar of Oelwein, IA; Beverly (Loren) Smiley of Kewaunee, WI; Karen Styrwoll of Warroad, Minnesota; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Ben in death were his parents, Ernest “Pat” and Ruth Irons, four brothers, John “Jack” (Jean) Irons, Robert (Catherine) Irons, Homer (age 10) and Lewis (age 3); and three sisters, Dorothy Brooks, Ruth Zeiner, and Lorna Strong. In accordance with Ben’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date. As requested, Ben will be cremated and make his final journey upstream to the site of the ”Irons shanty.” He will be missed beyond measure. Thornburg-Devries Funeral Home, Lansing, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at www.thornburg-devries.com.
ClaraBelle M. Fradette
Seneca, WI ClaraBelle M. Fradette age 89 of Seneca passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011 at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. She was born February 11, 1922 in Eastman, WI, the daughter of Daniel and Anna (Hoffman) Ertel Jr. She married Frank Fradette on February 20, 1939 in Waukon, IA. They farmed their entire married life in the Seneca area. ClaraBelle was an active member of the Mt. Sterling Homemakers Assn. and worked as a Fair Superintendent for the Crawford County Fair. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Frank of Seneca, her sons, Virgil of Woodsboro, MD, Daniel (Julie) of Gilette, WY, Rick (Kathy) of Soldiers Grove, WI and Dean (Karla Schull) of Wausau, WI, her daughters, Dolores Mikkelson of Prairie du Chien, WI, Illene (Leonard) Olson of Gays Mills, WI, and Laurie (Lewis) Ellefson of Mt. Sterling, WI, 33 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her infant twin children, Carroll and Carolyn, along with two brothers, Orley and Clarence Ertel; a son-in-law, Junior Mikkelson. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Utica Lutheran Church, Utica Township, Rev. Anna Sorenson officiating, with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Prairie du Chien, WI. Friends may call on Monday, April 4, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien and also at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until the time of services. www.garrityfuneralhome.com
Vincent L. Tippery
Wauzeka, WI Vincent L. Tippery age 73 of Wauzeka, WI passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at his home surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 27, 1937 in Prairie du Chien, WI the son of Lloyd and Susan (Schutz) Tippery. He grew up on St. Feriole Island and at age 17 on April 1, 1955 he joined the U.S. Army as a medic. He served tours of duty in Germany, Korea, Turkey and Viet Nam, with his final posting in San Antonio, TX at Ft. Sam Houston Medical Hospital, where he retired in September of 1977 after 22 years of service. During this time, he had two children with his former wife Pamela Steiner Tippery, a son Vincent James and a daughter Rebecca Lynn. After retiring, he returned to Prairie du Chien and was employed at Advance Transformer in Boscobel, WI where he met and married the former Theresa Roach of Wauzeka on October 3, 1981. Vincent later worked as a van driver for the Opportunity Center of Prairie du Chien where he enjoyed taking clients to and from home and work. He was an avid fisherman and taught many in laws, nieces and nephews how to catch the “Big One”. Vincent and his wife Theresa enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, spending their summers on the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers. Vince loved to pass on his wisdom, knowledge and secrets of the river to future generations. He is survived by his wife Theresa, his son Vincent James (Dee) Tippery of Gilbert, AZ, his daughter Rebecca Lynn (Dave) Clark of San Antonio, TX, his sister Donna (Richard) Leyde of St. Paul, MN, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews and in laws that loved him as an elder brother and second father. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister Susan, his eldest sister Darlene Smith, a niece Shirley Smith Gohde and two great nephews Dustin and James Smith. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, April 4, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Rev. Thomas Huff officiating, with burial in the Calvary Cemetery both in Prairie du Chien. The Prairie du Chien Honor Guard will accord military rites. Friends may call on Sunday, April 3, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien where there will be a rosary at 7:30 PM. www.garrityfuneralhome.com