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William W. “Bill’’ Williams

 

William W. “Bill’’ Williams, 85, of Patch Grove, formerly of Beetown. Passed into eternal life on Friday, April 10, at the Crossing Rivers Health Center. 

He was born Nov. 29, 1929. He was the son of Delbert and Dora (Woodruff) Williams. He married his first wife Nancy Huggett in 1948. Bill trained with the National Guard at Fort Snelling in Minnesota during the Korean War. Bill worked as a mechanic at the Ford dealership in West Salem for a number of years. They moved to Beloit, and Bill worked at Fairbanks Morse.

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Gary F. “Pa” Sprosty

 

Gary F. “Pa” Sprosty, 64, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, April 11, at his home. 

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Wilma Berniese Lawrence

 

Wilma Berniese Lawrence, 98, Prairie du Chien, died Thursday, April 9, at Crossing Rivers Healthcare. 

She was born Feb. 6, 1917 to John and Grace (Bowan) Lange in Marion, Iowa. Wilma and her husband, Melvin Lawrence moved from Center Point, Iowa to Eastman, in 1961 where they farmed in that area for several years. She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Organization since 1941.

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Kenneth R. Halverson

 

 Kenneth R. Halverson, 80, of Woodman, passed away on Thursday, April 9, at the Richland Hospital in Richland Center.

He was born March 3, 1935, in Waukon Iowa, the son of Martin and Mamie (Warnholtz) Halverson. He married Shirley Anne Demer on March 6, 1959 in Lake Trobe, Pa. She preceded him in death on Dec. 12, 2000. He served in the US Air Force. 

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Apr

L. Marian Bernabei

 

L. Marian Bernabei, 93, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, April 8, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born July 25, 1921 in La Crosse, the daughter of Edward and Mae (Weighner) Bock. She married Louis Bernabei on Jan. 6, 1949 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 1990. Marian was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Parish. 

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08
Apr

Marcella D. “Marcy” Lenth

 

Prairie du Chien, WI /Garnavillo, IA

Wed
08
Apr

Mainly familiar faces reclaim Eastman Town Board seats

Race for supervisor a close one

The Eastman Township board will be much the same following Tuesday’s Spring Election.

Reclaiming their seats are Sam Tesar as chairman, David Slaght and Lonnie Achenbach as supervisors and Dale Sprosty as treasurer. Heather Hoffman will be the new face as clerk, taking over for Marlene Simmons who chose not to run for re-election.

In the chairman race, incumbent Tesar won 77 to 62 over challenger Gaylord Kramer.

Four town residents were up for the two supervisor positions. Incumbents Slaght and Achenbach received 86 and 71 votes, respectively, while challenger Michael Higgins narrowly missed out on his bid with 68 votes. Donald Noel received 28 votes in the race.

Sprosty was the sole name on the ballot for treasurer and received 134 votes.

In the race for clerk, Hoffman defeated fellow newcomer Rose Ann Achenbach, 76-53.

Wed
08
Apr

Gilberts, Hayes-Hall now represent whole city on Prairie du Chien council

The Prairie du Chien Common Council will officially be condensed from 12 members to eight by the April 21 council meeting. The new council will consist of six district representatives and two at-large aldermen.

Nate Gilberts and Edward Hayes-Hall, who formerly represented the second and third districts, respectively, ran for election on Tuesday to the new at-large positions. Both were unopposed. Gilberts received 509 votes from the city’s electorate, and Hayes-Hall received 302. The unofficial results also showed 13 votes going for write-ins and 132 being undervotes (no selection made or unclear marking).

A total of 956 voters cast a ballot in this spring Election.

Wed
08
Apr

52 percent vote ‘no’ in River Ridge school facility referendum

Raisbeck, Mumm make school board

By Correne Martin

For the second time in five months, the voters of the River Ridge School District turned down a facility referendum—this time a $9.9 million proposal that would have created one PreK-12 campus at the Patch Grove site and included additions, remodeling and health and security improvements.

In Tuesday’s Spring Election, 731 residents (or 52 percent) voted no, while 668 (or 48 percent) voted yes—a difference of 63 votes. These are unofficial results as of Wednesday morning. Canvassing will be done on Monday.

This referendum was significantly closer upon the final tally than the one held in November, which asked the electorate to approve spending $13 million. In that election, 64 percent of the constituents disagreed with the referendum, while 36 percent voted in favor.

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08
Apr

Dr. Garrity honored with first-ever Legacy Award


Dr. Mike Garrity and his wife Mary Ann, of Prairie du Chien, were among the guests of honor at the World Services of La Crosse’s Citizen Diplomacy Celebration March 26. Dr. Garrity was recognized with the first-of-its-kind Legacy Award for dedicating his life to improving health care, not just for people in Crawford County and St. Clare Health Mission in La Crosse, but also for countless people in Ukraine. (Photos by Annette Mikat of Mikat Public Relations)

Dr. Mike Garrity delivered his acceptance remarks to the crowd after receiving the Legacy Award from World Services. Pictured in the background is Dr. Kermit Newcomer, a retired physician from Gundersen Health System who worked closely with Dr. Garrity in his international work.

Dr. Mike Garrity received the Legacy Award from Sandra McCormick, president and CEO of World Services of La Crosse.

By Correne Martin

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.” This quote, from British Conservative politician, writer and aristocrat Benjamin Disraeli, fits perfectly with the health care endeavors Dr. Mike Garrity, of Prairie du Chien, instituted in Ukraine more than a decade ago. On March 26, Garrity was presented the first-ever Legacy Award from World Services of La Crosse for his lifetime achievements in Prairie du Chien, La Crosse and internationally.

Prior to Garrity’s retirement as a family physician from Gundersen-Lutheran (now Gundersen Health System) on Jan. 28, 2000, he was asked by the president of World Services if he would be interested in dedicating a couple weeks of his time and expertise each year toward improving health care in Ukraine. He agreed and, just weeks after his last day on the job, Garrity found himself on a plane to Eastern Europe.

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