Obituaries

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Mon
18
Jun

Elizabeth V. “Betty” Curtis

Elizabeth V. “Betty” Curtis, 100, of Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, June 17, at The Walter Schmidt Care Center in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Sept. 3, 1917, the daughter of Alfred and Coral (Palmer) Leighty. She married Fay Curtis on Oct. 21, 1961, at the United Methodist Church in Janesville. Fay preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2000. Betty worked for Parker Pen in Janesville for many years.

She is survived by her cousins, especially Norma Huza, of Prairie du Chien, along with several nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother Robert Moore.

According to Betty’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. A private interment will be in the Union Nagle Cemetery in Patch Grove. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.

 

Mon
18
Jun

Eileen M. Schiffman

Eileen M. Schiffman, 82, passed away on Saturday, June 16, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

She was born March 1, 1936, in Bagley, the daughter of John and Hazel (Quinn) Champion. Eileen attended Bagley High school. She married Donald Schiffman on Sept. 10, 1967. Eileen worked alongside her husband as co-owner and caretaker of the River of Lakes Campground for over thirty years. She enjoyed camping and visiting the local casinos. She liked a good game of cards and loved playing cards and board games with her grandkids. 

She is survived by her husband, Donald; two daughters Shelli (Rick) McLimans and Sue (Mick) Redman; six grandchildren Amber (Brian) Zart, Adam (Bethany) McLimans, Tara (Matt) Adams, Wendy (Cody) Kirschbaum, Eric (Alie) Redman and Jamie (Garrett Knapp) Redman; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Roger (Diane) Champion; a sister-in-law Sally Champion; and many nieces and nephews.

Fri
15
Jun

Allen J. Mullikin

Allen J. Mullikin, 52, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, June 13, at his home surrounded by his family after an extended illness. 

He was born May 11, 1966, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Clifford and Georgina (Emery) Mullikin. Allen enjoyed woodworking and loved to hunt and fish. 

He is survived by his mother Georgina Mullikin, of Prairie du Chien; his sisters, Susan Schultz and Cheryl Cooley, both of Prairie du Chien, and Judy (Ted) Schott, of Fredericksburg, Iowa; and his brother Wayne (Lynn) Mullikin, of Wisconsin Rapids. 

He was preceded in death by his father Clifford and two brothers-in-law Thomas Cooley and James Schultz.

Thu
14
Jun

Arnold R. Neises

Arnold R. Neises, 86, of Monroe, died Tuesday, May 29, at New Glarus Nursing Home. 

He was born on May 22, 1932, in Kenosha, the son of Sylvester and Josephine (Berntgen) Neises. He graduated from May D. Bradford High School in Kenosha. Arnold married Dorothy R. Aiello on Jan. 7, 1956, in Kenosha. He worked at Moore Business Forms for 19 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of St. Victors Catholic Church; and enjoyed golfing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Monroe; six children, Laura Short, of Monroe, Steven (Barbara) Neises, of Arlington, S.D., Robert (Lori) Neises, of Waconia, Minn., Jayne (David Brunkow ) Neises, of Machesney Park, Ill., Theresa (James) Talbert, of Janesville, Jeffery (Susan Engler) Neises, of Monroe; four grandchildren, Christine (Ryan), Jaclyn, Jarred and Jeremy; one step-grandchild, Brett; and two step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Larry Neises, of Kenosha. 

Tue
12
Jun

Shirley Davis

Shirley Davis, 82, of Guttenberg, Iowa, died Monday, June 11, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa.

Services will be at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, 207 S. 1st St, Guttenberg, IA. 

 

Mon
11
Jun

Betty Chase

Betty Chase, 79, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018. 

She was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Hawley and Hazel (Fransham) Steggall. Betty attended and graduated from the Fairbank High School in 1957. She married Ray Chase on May 9, 1970, at the Schuyler County Court House in Missouri. Betty and Ray lived in Fairbank until 2002, when the moved to Prairie du Chien to enjoy retirement. Before moving Betty worked in the repair department as an operator for Northwestern Bell for 20 years. She loved spending time with Ray, going fishing, going on long drives to see the country, listening to country music, going to antique stores and spending time with family and friends.

Mon
11
Jun

Peter Charles Klema

Peter Charles Klema left us unexpectedly and much too soon, at the age of 54, on June 8, at home with his mother at his side.

Peter was born Dec. 25, 1963, to parents Michael and Edith (Zeeh) Klema of rural Wauzeka and what a wonderful Christmas present he was! He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1982. He then continued his education and attended Fennimore Vocational School.

He was currently working the last 16 years at EMC in Fennimore. He enjoyed auctions, fishing, riding his Harley, watching NASCAR and Packers, and just spending time with his family and friends.

Pete is survived by his mother, Edith Klema; a family of brothers, Kim (Cinda), Wauzeka, Edward (Deb), Wauzeka, and James, Gainsville, Fla. He is also survived by a daughter, Amber Houston, Dearborn Heights, Mich.; sister-in-law Michelle Klema, Prairie du Chien; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Mon
11
Jun

John L. Jones

John L. Jones, 92, died Sunday, May 27, at his home in Prairie du Chien.

John was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Hannibal, to William C. and Alta (Lemke) Jones. He attended several schools around Wisconsin, and graduated from Wauzeka High School. 

John served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. During WWII, he served as a tank driver in central Europe and the occupation of Germany. John married Viola Ready on Nov. 22, 1949, and they had six children. 

He worked as a logger and lumber inspector for the same company—Hutchison Log & Lumber Company, purchased by Erickson Hardwoods, then by Weyerhaeuser Company—until he retired. In retirement he worked for Nelson Lumber, which had purchased Weyerhaeuser.

Fri
08
Jun

Karen K. Burgus

Karen K. Burgus, 64, of Wauzeka, passed away Wednesday, May 16.

A celebration of Karen’s life and service will to be held Monday, June 25, in Wauzeka at the meeting hall in Century Hall. A visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., with a service to follow.

Tue
05
Jun

Mary JoAnne Carl

Mary JoAnne Carl, 77, of La Crosse, lost her battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease on May 29.

She was born Feb. 2, 1941, in Prairie du Chien, to Marlowe and Ann (Richter) Waller.  She grew up in Prairie du Chien and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1958. On Nov. 7, 1959, she married Melvyn F. Carl. They promptly started a family and moved to La Crosse.

Mary Jo was a phenomenal woman. She was admired for her ambitiousness and her ability to create beautiful things. Examples of her artistic flare in the form of ceramics, restored furniture, sewing and quilting projects, scrumptious deserts and holiday decorations, could always be found throughout her home she somehow found time to keep spotless.

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