Obituaries

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Tue
27
Aug

Wayne 'Pat' Benoy

Wayne “Pat” Benoy, 77, of Prairie du Chien, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien.

Wayne Patrick was born March 14, 1942, to Clarence and Ella Rose (Fisher) Benoy in Prairie du Chien. He was baptized in the Lutheran Faith. Wayne graduated from Prairie High School in 1960. Pat was united in marriage with Linda (Weber) Wheeler on June 16, 1973, in Janesville. They later divorced. Pat worked as a welder and electrician for Beloit Corp. in Beloit, and Voith Corp. in Appleton. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Janesville and Eagles Club in Prairie du Chien. Pat loved family get-togethers and spending time with his grandkids, who called him Grandpa “Wonderful.” He enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching sports, including the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. Pat spent the winters in Florida.

Tue
27
Aug

Mary E. Walker

Mary E. Walker, 83, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health. 

She was born July 31, 1936, in Lancaster, the daughter of Lloyd and Iola (Stark) Walker. Mary worked in bookkeeping for Prairie City Bank in Bloomington, and later for the branch in Prairie du Chien. 

She is survived by her brother Delbert (Evelyn) Walker, of Prairie du Chien; her sister Maxine (William) Sender, of Ft. Have, Ariz. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Norton (Ann) Walker; and a niece, April Schmitz.

According to Mary’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. An inurnment will be in the Dodge Cemetery in Glen Haven. 

Tue
27
Aug

Linda Joyce Knight

Linda Joyce Knight, of McGregor, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

Tue
13
Aug

Ronald B. Shinko

Ronald B. Shinko, 76, of Platteville, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. 

Ron was born on Sept. 23, 1942, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Thomas and Lola Mae (Bright) Shinko. 

Ron was a 1961 graduate of Seneca High School, where he loved playing basketball for the Seneca Indians. Ron worked as a cheese maker in Seneca and Mt. Sterling during his high school years. After graduation, he worked at American Motors in Kenosha until the plant closed. He was then employed at AO Smith in Milwaukee, which later became Tower Automotive. He was a hard worker who put in many hours of overtime, was proud of his job, and always gave his best.

Fri
09
Aug

Gloria Jacobson

Gloria F. Jacobson, of Rib Lake, and formerly of Baileys Harbor, Ogema, Bagley, and Prairie du Chien, died Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Rib Lake Health Services nursing home at the age of 87, after several years with dementia.

She was born on March 31, 1932, in Lily, S.D., to Peter and Alma (Ohleen) Peterson.

Tue
30
Jul

Sonya Fay Stagman

Sonya Fay Stagman, 58, of Farmersburg, Iowa, died Friday, July 26, 2019, at Northgate Care Center in Waukon, Iowa. 

Sonya Fay was born July 23, 1961, to Clark and Sandra (Cota) Roeder in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She graduated from Central High School. She was united in marriage with Rodney Stagman on June 29, 1991, at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, Iowa. Throughout the years, she worked for Monona Wire for 20 years, part-time with Service Guard, packaged cheese for Swiss Valley in St. Olaf and worked at Fluorescent Light in Monona. Sonya was also the director of the Farmers Market in Monona and sold Avon. She enjoyed helping at the church, quilting, knitting, fishing and baking.

Tue
30
Jul

Henriette Schmidt

Henriette Schmidt entered into eternal rest on June 13, 2019. 

Henri, as she was always called, was born in Prairie du Chien, to Paul H. and Julia Paris Schmidt. She attended Carroll College prior to moving to San Antonio, Texas in 1972. For many years, she was the Office Manager for E.W. Gill Oil and Gas Properties Inc., and later was employed by Guide Dogs of Texas and Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal. A consummate hostess and gourmet cook, Henri loved planning dinner parties and entertaining. She treasured her friends and her dogs. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Paul (Woody) Schmidt and his wife Liz; and sister, Charlotte. 

Tue
30
Jul

Sandra L. Lessard

Sandra L. Lessard, 75, a long time Prairie du Chien resident, passed away peacefully at home Friday, July 26, 2019 with her loved ones by her side. 

Born on July 4 of 1944 (Our Little Firecracker) in San Francisco, Calif., Sandra graduated from Balboa High School.

Tue
30
Jul

Marsha L. Bickel

Marsha L. Bickel, 70, of McGregor, Iowa, died Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, following a courageous battle with endometrial cancer. 

She was born on Aug 26, 1948 to Burton Irving Sr. and Lorraine Violet (Schott) Walters in McGregor. 

Thu
25
Jul

Charles H. Altepeter

Charles H. Altepeter, 86, of Clearwater, Fla. and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019, at his home, surrounded by family. 

He was born Nov. 23, 1932, in Virgil, Ill., the son of Joseph and Adele (Zang) Altepeter. 

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Helen Anderson on Feb. 4, 1956, at St. Patrick’s Church in St. Charles, Ill. Charles worked at Howell’s Furniture and later owned and operated Ray’s Evergreen in St. Charles. 

Helen preceded him in death on Oct. 20, 2005. 

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