Obituaries

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29
Oct

Norma R. Smrcina

Norma R. Smrcina, 84, of Waukon, Iowa, died Friday, Oct. 26, at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. 

Mon
29
Oct

Michael Charles Cavanaugh

Michael Charles Cavanaugh, 72, of Dunedin, Fla., died Sunday, May 27. Michael was born on Aug. 22, 1945, to Orrel and Mary (Kluss) Cavanaugh in Miami, Fla. After graduating high school, where he was a star basketball player, Mike attended Amundsen Junior College in Chicago, Ill. 

Fri
26
Oct

Daniel Joseph Scheckel

Daniel Joseph Scheckel, 50, beloved second son of Larry and Ann Scheckel, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Gundersen Hospital, from complications of pneumonia.

Dan was born to Lawrence “Larry” and Ann (Martin) Scheckel on May 2, 1968, at St. Francis Hospital in La Crosse, their second of three sons.

Dan and his brother, Patrick, had both a lawn mowing service and a paper route for many years. He graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in 1983, and from Tomah High School in the class of 1987. 

Fri
26
Oct

Carrie D. Breuer

Carrie D. Breuer, 108, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born June 27, 1910, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Abbelen and Mary (Bertsch) DuCharme. Carrie grew up on DuCharme Ridge in Eastman, and later moved to Prairie du Chien in 1945. She married Hubert Breuer on Oct. 29, 1955, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. 

Mon
22
Oct

Verna M. Fralkick

Verna M. Fralick, 92, of Glen Haven, passed away Friday, Oct. 19, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

She was born Aug. 16, 1926, in rural Glen Haven, the daughter of Bernard and Cecelia (Walz) Ertel. Verna attended the Consolidated School in Bloomington Township and St. Mary’s School in Glen Haven, before going on to graduate from Bloomington High School in 1944. On Oct. 20, 1945, Verna married Floyd “Bud” Fralick at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glen Haven. Throughout her life, she was a nurse aide during WWII, and worked at St. Mary’s School in Glen Haven and Orchard Manor Nursing Home. She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Help of Christians Parish and an active member of their Altar Society. Verna was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and helped at local fire department fundraisers. 

Tue
16
Oct

Terry Edward Benish

Terry Edward Benish, 66, of Milton, passed away Oct. 11, from a debilitating stroke. He was born in Prairie du Chien, to Edward Benish and Norma (Schmitz) Benish. He was the youngest of four children, and sadly, the first to pass away. In his youth, Terry loved hunting and fishing with his father, Ed. Following his graduation from Prairie du Chien High School, he joined the National Guard and was stationed in Fort Ord, Calif.

Terry married Shirleen Stubbendick in November of 1977, and settled in Janesville. Together, they had two children, Luke and Maggie.

Terry worked for many years at Janesville Products, now known as Janesville Acoustics, until the company closed its Janesville plant in the late 2000s. For the past five years, Terry worked at Generac Power Systems in Whitewater. 

Tue
16
Oct

Nicholas Walker Smethurst

Nicholas Walker Smethurst, 40 years old and 44 days, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 13.

He was born Aug. 31, 1978, in Prairie du Chien. Nick’s childhood was spent enjoying the outdoors at his grandparent’s farm, on the river and in the woods with family and friends. Nick graduated from Prairie du Chien High School, the class of 1997. Nick’s love of golf ran deep. He served as his high school’s golf team captain and led his team to multiple sectional and regional tournaments. Nick went on later in life to compete in the Dakota Professional Golf Tour. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Minnesota (Winona), and later moved to the Twin Cities, attending Anoka Technical College.  

Mon
15
Oct

Christopher Wayne Light

Christopher Wayne Light, 28, formerly of Prairie du Chien, a 2008 graduate, passed away unexpectedly in a tragic automobile accident on Oct. 11. 

He was born Feb. 12, 1990, to the parents of Troy Light, of Prairie du Chien, and Heidi Light, of Boscobel. 

Mon
15
Oct

Jeanne (Wolford) Kadlec

Jeanne Kadlec entered into eternal life on Oct. 10.

She was born Jeanne Louise Wolford on Dec. 1, 1930, in Prairie du Chien. Jeanne was the youngest of William and Nettie Wolford’s nine children.

She married Leslie Kadlec on Aug. 11, 1951. After living in Prairie du Chien, they spent the next three decades in Oelwein, Iowa. Jeanne was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She served 16 years as a librarian in the Oelwein Public Library before retiring in 1992. After Les passed away, Jeanne moved to Menomonie, in 2000, and enjoyed many special friendships at The Oaks. 

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers Lyle Bellrichard, Harlan Bellrichard, William Wolford and Robert Wolford; and sisters Grace Anderson, Dorothy Fosdale and Rita Jones. 

Mon
15
Oct

Marie M. (Kozelka) Sundeen

Our beloved mother, Marie M. Sundeen, 93, fell into the deep sleep of death at home at 9:30 p.m., Aug. 29, following a long illness. 

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