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James J. 'Jim' Wachter

James J. “Jim” Wachter, 88, of Harpers Ferry, Iowa, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at his home in rural Harpers Ferry. 

James Joseph Wachter was born April 13, 1930, in Waukon, the son of Joseph and Leona (Livingston) Wachter. 

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Wilma J. Troester

Wilma J. Troester, 84, of River Falls and formerly of Prairie du Chien and Garnavillo, Iowa, passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. 

She was born July 5, 1934, in Clayton County, Iowa, the daughter of Homer and Bernice (Frederick) Wilke. She married Curtis Troester on June 15, 1953, in Glenview, Ill., and they later divorced. She worked at Knapp’s Furniture and the Piggly Wiggly in Prairie du Chien. Wilma later owned and operated the Villa Oasis in Prairie du Chien for several years and later worked at the Marquette Cafe. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and needlepoint and loved to travel. She was a member of the Garnavillo Legion Auxiliary. 

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Pastor Loretta 'Lorie' Irene Betz

Pastor Loretta “Lorie” Irene Betz passed away on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at the age of 66.

Lorie was born in Milwaukee, and grew up in La Crosse. She graduated from Central High School and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Lorie taught school in Prairie du Chien, and taught piano lessons to many young pianists over the years.

Later in life, Lorie chose to follow a longtime passion. She attended Wartburg Seminary and earned a Masters of Divinity. After years of serving the Methodist Church, Lorie was called to serve in the ordained ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Recently, Lorie served as Chaplain at Bethel Home and Services in Viroqua.

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Michael R. Bartz

Michael R. Bartz, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born Aug. 25, 1941, in Milwaukee, the son of Harold and Florence (Hackbarth) Bartz. 

Michael served in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963, during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the Florida Keys. He married Vivian Wall on April 18, 1964, in Elm Grove. Michael served the city of Wauwatosa as a police officer for 27 years until his retirement. 

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Vivian Bartz of Prairie du Chien; his son, Michael (Michele) Bartz of Bagley; and a sister, Lynda (Wayne) Parfitt of Gays Mills. 

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Virgie M. Taylor

Virgie M. Taylor, 92, of Lancaster, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

 She was born May 11, 1926, in Bloomington, the daughter of Arthur and Hazel (Oates) Chapman. Virgie graduated from Bloomington High School in 1945.

She was united in marriage to Herbert W. Taylor on Sept. 6, 1945. Herb and Virgie raised their family in Lancaster, and operated Taylor Christmas Tree Farm. In 1965, Virgie became a member of the Lancaster Country Club, where she enjoyed socializing, playing in many golf tournaments and winning awards. She was also a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church, its Ruth’s Circle, and the Red Hatters. Virgie enjoyed bridge club, playing cards, dancing and traveling. 

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George E. Sutton

A well-respected and active member of the Prairie du Chien community, George E. Sutton, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at the Prairie Maison Care Center in Prairie du Chien, at the age of 95. 

George was born on May 1, 1923, in Lynxville, the son of Amos and Amy (Davis) Sutton. 

He married Adeline Chamberlain on June 17, 1944, in Prairie du Chien. He was an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. George worked as a real estate broker and, in 1957, he established Sutton Insurance in Prairie du Chien. He was a past school board president and a Shrine member of the Masonic Lodge. George was a hunting and boater safety instructor and active in the Chamber of Commerce, being named Prairie du Chien Businessman of the Year. George and Adeline were an integral part of the local Opportunity Center. 

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Loren R. 'Larry' Massie Jr.

Loren R. “Larry” Massie Jr., of rural Seneca, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 at the age of 69. 

He was born April 20, 1949, in Kenosha, the son of Loren and Elizabeth (Keisler) Massie. 

Loren had an inquisitive and creative mind with the ability to build and/or fix almost anything. He enjoyed the outdoors, traveling and reading. He also loved to fish and hunt. Loren built his own home and loved to work on projects. He went to college for aerospace engineering and later started a landscape and design building firm in Denver, Colo.

He is survived by his son, Nicholas Massie of Perth, Australia, and his brother Michael (Susan) Massie of North Oaks, Minn. 

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William L. 'Bil' Batson

William L. “Bill” Batson, 84, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Yorkville, Ill., passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at the Great River Care Center. 

He was born Jan. 25, 1934, in southern Missouri, the son of Elmer and Sarah Pauline (Wells) Batson. 

He married Carol Woodrick on April 24, 1954, in Aurora, Ill. She preceded him in death on Nov. 27, 2014. Bill worked as a beer deliveryman for Stroh’s and Miller High Life. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He will be missed by his friends at “The Port.” 

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Margaret Deluhery

Margaret Deluhery, 90 of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family after a brief illness. 

Margaret Ann Dawson was born Jan. 17, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, the youngest child of Frank and Loretta (Foley) Dawson. She met the love of her life, Dale Deluhery, in Des Moines, Iowa, and they married on Oct. 1, 1951, at St Ambrose Cathedral. Throughout her life, she enjoyed camping, cooking, baking and playing cards. She was a great lover of animals and supported many charitable causes. A devout Irish Catholic, she relied on her faith in times of difficulty and hardship, and was a true inspiration to her family.

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Darrel Howard Gilkes

Darrel Howard Gilkes, 69, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, after a brief illness. 

Darrel was born to parents George and Viola (Yost) Gilkes on Aug. 6, 1949. 

He spent his elementary years in Brodtville. Darrel was a graduate of West Grant High School in 1968. He met his best friend Karen Beinborn in 1987. They eventually married on Oct. 14, 2005. The two spent many years fishing, canoeing and camping. The couple had a blended family of four children. After many years of being an over-the-road truck driver, Darrel retired in 2014 due to health reasons. He then purchased Mr. Mouse Cheese, a local cheese curd distributing business.

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