Obituaries

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09
Sep

Teri Williams

Teri Ann Marie Williams, 73, of Bagley, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at UW Madison Hospital. 

She was born on May 27, 1946, at Dr. Houghton’s Hospital in Lancaster, daughter of Adam J. and Marie (Ackerman) Kirschbaum. 

Mon
09
Sep

Linda L. Sheckler

Linda L. Sheckler, 69, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at Gundersen Healthcare in La Crosse. 

She was born Sept. 1, 1950, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Edwin and Luella (Gerardy) Hamann. 

She married James Sheckler on Sept. 21, 1968, in Prairie du Chien. Linda worked at Althof’s Television Center for 16 years. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially deer hunting and fishing.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, James, of Prairie du Chien; her son, Jeffery, of Prairie du Chien; her brother, Edwin (Carol) Hamann, of Mukwonago; and two grandchildren Hunter and Haylee. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Fri
06
Sep

Patricia M. 'Pat' Langmeier

Patricia M. “Pat” Langmeier, 89, of Patch Grove and Prairie du Chien, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, with her loving family by her side at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.  She was born on July 10, 1930, in Tennyson, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Wallenhorst) Walsh.  

Thu
05
Sep

Barbara C. Stuckey

Barbara C. Stuckey, 65, of Eastman, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. 

She was born Dec. 28, 1953, in Wauzeka, the daughter of Orville and Dorothy (Onstine) Harvat. She married Robert Stuckey on June 17, 1972. Together, they farmed in the Eastman area and Barbara also worked at Miniature Precision Components in Prairie du Chien. Barb was affectionately known as Grandma and “Big Mama.” She loved her dog P.J. and watching birds, especially hummingbirds. 

Thu
05
Sep

Larry A. Cuff

Larry A. Cuff, 72, of Baraboo and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at his home surrounded by family, following an extended illness. 

Thu
05
Sep

Clarice Olga Balk

Clarice Olga Balk, 92, of Eastman, passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. She was born Sept. 10, 1926, in Lynxville, the daughter of Soren and Bertha (Fortney) Torger. 

She was married to Howard Clarke who preceded her in death. She was then married to Ed Fisher who preceded her in death. Later, Clarice married Lyman Balk, who also preceded her in death. She worked at Hidden Valley Lodge in Prairie du Chien and later became the “voice” of Wal-Mart, where she worked in various departments over the years until her retirement. Clarice was an active member of the United Methodist Women. 

Fri
30
Aug

Robert 'Bob' Erdenberger

Robert “Bob” Earl Erdenberger, 91, of Prairie du Chien, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.  

Robert Earl was born May 20, 1928, to Elmer and Mildred (Zabel) Erdenberger in Prairie du Chien.  

He graduated high school from Prairie du Chien.  Robert proudly joined and served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953.  Bob was united in marriage with Mercedes Koecke in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1951.  They later divorced.  Bob worked for National Decorated Metal for 18 years in Prairie du Chien and at Johnson Gas and Appliance Company as a painter.  He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and V.F.W. in Prairie du Chien.  Bob enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, being outdoors and, in his younger years, he enjoyed roller skating.  He was a CB and Ham Radio Operator.

Tue
27
Aug

Betty L. Crusan

Betty L. Crusan, 95, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, Aug. 19, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. She was born Aug. 22, 1923 in Seneca, the daughter of Charles and Sadie (Comstock) McCullick. She married Walter Crusan on June 20, 1942 in Crawford County. He preceded her in death on Sept. 16, 1981. 

Betty worked for Efco Plastics in DeForest, Wis., all the way into her 80s. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and crocheting. She is survived by her children, Marcia (Sam) Baker and David Crusan, her sister Mavis Jeidy, eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Jerry Crusan, her sisters, Naomi and Delores, and her brothers, Fay, Max, Ivan, Arnold and Junior, along with one grandchild.  

Tue
27
Aug

Mary Ann (McNamara) Mellem

Mary Ann (McNamara) Mellem, 62, passed away peacefully on Aug. 12, 2019.  

Mary Ann married Roger Mellem on Nov. 12, 1974, and they later divorced after 37 years. She very much enjoyed her cross-stitch projects, cooking amazing food for her family and friends and catching every game to root on her beloved Green Bay Packers.  

Mary Ann is survived by her five children, Lucas (Shanon), Jamie (Natalie), Mollie (Jon), Maggie (Jon) Payne, and Cassandra; nine grandchildren; sisters, Joan Kohlhaas, Patsy McGuire and Rita Crowley.  

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Ellen McNamara, of Ferryville; also Robert Anderson, Laurie Anderson, Charles Kohlhaas and John Crowley.  

Tue
27
Aug

Roger B. Thomas

Roger B. Thomas, 45, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, August 16, at Crossing Rivers Health Care following an extended illness.

He was born Dec. 8, 1973 in Prairie du Chien, the son of Peter and Marijane (Spiker) Thomas.

Roger graduated from Waukesha South High school in 1992 and later from the Writer’s Digest School in 2004. He became a published author in 2016 after writing “Fear of the Dark.” Roger was very loving, caring, helpful and intellectual. He enjoyed filmology, writing, reading, gaming, learning and passing on his knowledge to younger generations.

He is survived by his mother Marijane Thomas; his brothers, Peter Thomas Jr., Dale Thomas and Michael (Heather) Thomas; nieces and nephews, William, Christian, Cassondra, Dakota and Damien. 

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