Obituaries
 

Virgil John David

Monona, IA

Robert F. Ruzek

Marquette, IA

John J. Wolfram

Prairie du Chien, WI

Bruce G. Brandt

Des Moines, IA

Margaret V. “Vi” Atkins

Prairie du Chien, WI

Frank F. Boese

Waukon, IA

Una Mae “Sissy” Black

Prairie du Chien, WI

Alice Hill

Viroqua/Readstown, WI

James Eugene Reising

Prairie du Chien, WI

Robert Paul Henry Kiesau

Monona, IA

Jessica Jean Fry

Muscoda, WI

Mary Jean Pauls

Muscoda, WI

Mary Ellen Severson

Lansing, IA

Joann K. Schwartzhoff

Dorchester, IA

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James Eugene Reising
 

Prairie du Chien, WI
James Eugene Reising age 83 of Wauzeka, WI passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Prairie Maison Healthcare Center in Prairie du Chien.
   He was born April 22, 1930 the son of Eugene and Francis (Fitzmaurice) Reising. James started as a first generation farmer in Harvard, IL later moving to Wauzeka, WI to continue farming in 1973.
   James was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed spending his winters in Florida after retiring and loved golfing and his John Deere tractors.
   He married Dorothy Weidner in Harvard IL on September 5, 1953. She preceded him in death on May 9, 1987. 
   James is survived by his children Mike (Edna Adam) Reising of Wauzeka, WI, Lori Reising of Dodgeville, WI, Lynn (Gary Groom) Reising, Marc (Karen) Reising of Wauzeka, WI, Karen (Duane) Timm of Plainview, MN, Matt (Ruth) Reising of Prairie du Chien, WI, Eric Reising of Wauzeka, WI, three brothers; Frank, Bernard, Kenneth Reising, one sister; Gloria Reising, fourteen grandchildren, eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and a sister Shirley.
   A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Victor Feltes officiating. Burial will be at a later date.                Friends may call Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hall from 9:00 AM until the time of services.
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Margaret V. “Vi” Atkins
 

Prairie du Chien, WI
Margaret V. “Vi” Atkins passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Prairie Maison Healthcare Center in Prairie du Chien, WI.
   She was born October 20, 1919 the daughter of Fred and Viola (Gremore) Berger.      She worked as a clerk for Gambles. She married Floyd Atkins on April 16, 1941. He preceded her in death July 19, 1981. She worked in the laboratory for Burgess Cellulose and later as a bookkeeper for Steiner Brothers Construction. Vi then began working at 3M Company and retired after 20 years service.
   She was an active member at St. Gabriel’s, an avid golfer and loved traveling and playing cards.
   She is survived by her children; Joseph (Sharon) Atkins, Michael (Luane) Atkins of Prairie du Chien, Dick (Kathy) Atkins of Bagley, WI, Judy (Floyd) Beneker of Marshall, MI, a sister in law: Mary Berger of Prairie du Chien, her grandchildren; Barb (Todd) Hazel, Elizabeth Beneker, Carrie (Bob)Carl, Carole (Kent) Gilkes, Tara (Bob) Betzle, Eric Atkins, Sara (Jason) Wasserberg, Nina Atkins, a step grandchild; Cris Kivi, eight great grandchildren, two step great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one son; Robert Atkins and two brothers; Oliver and William Berger.
   A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, April 17, 2014 at11:30 AM at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish with burial in the St. Gabriel’s Church Cemetery both in Prairie du Chien.
   Friends may call on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien.
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Mary Ellen Severson
 

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Mary Ellen Severson, 89, of Lansing, Iowa died Friday, April 18, 2014 at Thornton Manor in Lansing, Iowa.
   She was born February 25, 1925 to William and Rose (Thompson) Severson in Lansing, Iowa. She spent her childhood in Lansing and graduated in the class of 1942 in the Lansing Public School.
   In 1944, Mary Ellen moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where she made her home with her mother and worked for many years. She retired October 31, 1987 and moved back to Lansing, August 1, 1988.
   She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the P.E.O Sisterhood for years.
   There are no immediate survivors.
   Mary was preceded in death by her parents.
   Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 10:00 - 11:00 am at the Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing, Iowa.
   Memorial Services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing, Iowa.  Burial will be held at a later date.
   Memorials may be directed to Lansing Ambulance Service or the Lions Club.
   Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing, Iowa is assisting with the arrangements.  Condolences may be left with www.graufuneralhomes.com


Joann K. Schwartzhoff
 

Joann K. Schwartzhoff, 61, of Dorchester, IA, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, WI.
   Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 16th, at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dorchester, IA, with Fr. Jim Dubert officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Dorchester.
   Friends may call from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tuesday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon. 


Alice Hil
 

Alice Hill, 105, of Viroqua, formerly of Readstown, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua.
   She was born in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin on September 27, 1908 to Doan and Clare (Grassgaard) Smith.  She married Emmett Hill on Sept 27, 1930.  He passed away in 1982.       In addition to be a busy homemaker, she ran three restaurants (two in Soldiers Grove and one in Readstown).  She had also worked at the tuberculosis sanitarium in Madison.            Among her hobbies was being a seamstress and going on trips with her family.
   She is survived by 2 sons:  Lyndale (Kathryn) Hill of Blanca, Colorado, and Vernon Hill of LeGrand, California; 1 daughter:  Edith Heal of Palmer, Alaska; 17 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her husband; 1 son:  Clare (in 1980); 1 daughter-Gail Stoikes; 1 grandson; 1 brother, 2 half sisters, and 3 half brothers.
   There will be a family burial later in the year.
   The family is being served by the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown.  Online condolences may be left at simefuneralforum.com                                             4/18


Jessica Jean Fry
 

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Jessica Jean Fry, 40, of Muscoda lost her battle with cancer Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Richland Hospital.  
   She was born June 3, 1973 at the Richland Hospital the daughter of Toni and Kenny.  Jessica graduated from Ithaca High School in 1992. 
   On August 22, 1998 Jessica married her high school sweetheart Ernie Gene Fry.  The couple then had two beautiful children, Luke and Trinity.  
   Jessica worked at Allen Bradley for 16 years.  She had a love for her family, riding her motorcycle with Ernie, and going to car shows.  Jessica enjoyed the band AC DC, Betty Boop, and crocheting numerous blankets for family and friends.
   Jessica is survived by her husband Ernie, two children, Luke and Trinity; brother, Dominic (April) Buening and their four children of Blue River; mother, Toni (James) Olson of Richland Center; father, Kenny Buening (friend Grace Alt) of Muscoda; mother-in-law, Elmina Fry of Richland Center; sister-in-laws, Sue (Fry) Studnicka of Brooklyn, Linda (Fry) Troxel of Richland Center; brother-in-law, Jim Fry of Richland Center; adopted daughter, Sara Ewers of Fennimore; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
   Jessica was preceded in death by her grandparents Roswell Walmer, Dorothy Walmer, and Geneva Walmer, other father Plen Fry, Jr., and her little nephew Memphis.
   Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM at the Godager Pratt Funeral Home in Muscoda.  Burial will follow in the Richland Center Cemetery.               Friends may call at the Godager Pratt Funeral Home on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 12:00 PM. 
   The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with their arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at prattfuneralservice.com .


Virgil John David
 

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Virgil John David, 87, Monona, Iowa, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Gundersen Lutheran Health Systems, LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
   Virgil was born on April 7, 1927, in Durham, Kansas, to John and Molly (Herbal) David. He attended country school through the eighth grade.
   His family moved to Sharon Springs in Western Kansas, to farm. In the mid 1930’s during the dust bowl days, the farm was sold. The family then moved to Golden City, Missouri. When Virgil’s father passed away, Virgil quit school to help farm the family farm for his mother.  He continued farming the family farm until his marriage, at which time he went farming on his own.
   Virgil was united in marriage to Eunice Lurlene Mitts on October 8, 1954, in Wichita, Kansas. Three sons were born to this union. In 1963, he sold his farm and moved his family to Iowa. He worked on a farm in Rossville, Iowa, until 1967. He then started working at the Luana Creamery until his retirement.
   Virgil loved steam engine and tractor shows, camping, taking care of his lawn and garden, word search, reading and watching T.V.
   Survivors include his three sons, Charles (Joy) David, Garden Valley, Idaho, Kenneth David, Froelich, Iowa, Eugene David, Washington; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one sister, Luetta Vincent, California.
   Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, John and Molly David; his wife, Eunice David, on March 5, 2009 and his siblings, Robert David, Clarence David, Harvey David, Ralph David, Marvin David, Edna Miller and Hulda Miller.
   Funeral Services will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014, at 12:00 pm at the Leonard – Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona, Iowa. Burial will follow in the Monona Cemetery, Monona, Iowa.
   Visitation will be held one hour before services at the funeral home on Monday.
   Condolences may be left with: www.graufuneralhomes.com.
   Leonard – Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.


Robert Paul Henry Kiesau
 

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Robert Paul Henry Kiesau, 76, Monona, Iowa, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Gundersen Lutheran Health Systems, La Crosse, WI.
   Bob was born on July 5, 1937, in Monona, Iowa, to Paul and Mary (Nagel) Kiesau and was raised by his maternal grandparents, Elba and Nellie (Land) Nagel. He graduated from Monona-Farmersburg High School with the class of 1955. Following high school, Bob attended Barber College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was then employed at the Rose Barbershop in Monona, Iowa.
   Bob was united in marriage to Betty Jarms on October 20, 1958, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona, Iowa. He was baptized at the Methodist Church in Monona, Iowa, and later confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona, Iowa, in 1959.
   Bob farmed for many years near Monona, until he retired into Monona.  In retirement, Bob enjoyed painting, working at Nelson True Value, Kregel Auction Services and doing custodial work for Northeast Iowa Telephone Co. and St. Paul Lutheran Church.  He served on the Monona Co-op Board, Monona Cemetery Board and held several offices at St. Paul Lutheran Church including President of the Congregation and director of the Sunday School Program. Bob was also an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.
   Bob was an associate at the Leonard – Grau Funeral Home in Monona, Iowa, having over twenty-five years of experience in funeral service.  He became a fixture at the funeral home working visitations, helping with funerals and assisting the directors whenever they needed his help. The community of Monona along with the neighboring communities, expected to see Bob at all visitations and funerals. His ability to make people smile and console them in a time of need will be greatly missed by not only the community of Monona, but his co-workers here at the funeral home.
   Survivors include his wife, Betty Kiesau, Monona, Iowa; three children, Bill (Crystal) Kiesau, Walker, Iowa, Barb (Steven) Friederich, Postville, Iowa, Brad (Pam) Kiesau, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; five grandchildren, Colton Kiesau, Corby and Troy Friederich and Morgan and Logan Kiesau; two half-brothers, Bob Smith and Mark (Jodee) Smith; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joanne (Harold) Vorwald and  sister-in-law, Mary Lou Jarms.
   Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mary (Nagel) Kiesau; his maternal grandparents, Elba and Nellie (Land) Nagel; brother-in-law, Don Jarms and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marlys (Bob) Frye.
   Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 3-7 pm at the Leonard – Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona, Iowa, and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday.
   Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 11:00 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona, Iowa. Burial will follow in the Monona Cemetery, Monona, Iowa.
   Condolences may be left with: www.graufuneralhomes.com.
   Leonard – Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Una Mae “Sissy” Black
 

Prairie du Chien, Wi
Una Mae “Sissy” Black age 44 of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at her home. 
   She was born December 13, 1969 in Beloit, WI the daughter of Homer and Nancy (Darby) Black. 
   She was currently employed at Prairie Industries and The Dollar Tree in Prairie du Chien. 
   She is survived by her sons, Sheldon (Donna Hand) Black and Christian Alan Black both of Prairie du Chien, her mother Nancy (Larry) Elmer of Prairie du Chien, her significant other Mike Cleveland, her brothers, Charles Black of Waupun, WI and Stephen (Michelle) Black of Clarkfield, MN, a grandson Hunter Black, three stepbrothers, two stepsisters, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews along with her faithful companion Jasper. 
   She was preceded in death by her father and a brother Raymond Black.
   Funeral services will be Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the Garrity Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Jerry Robertson officiating.               Friends may Friday, April 18, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and one hour prior to services on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the funeral home.  A private family inurnment will be at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.    www.garrityfuneralhome.com

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Mary Jean Pauls
 

A Celebration of the Life of our Loving Mother, Grandmother and Friend, Mary Jean Pauls, 87 of Muscoda, who entered into the Lord’s garden on April 15, 2014.
   Her story began as a long anticipated 7th wedding anniversary gift of her parents George and Alta Dax on April 23, 1926. She grew up in the Highland and Avoca area. Jean had the privilege of earning a diploma from Muscoda High School in 1943. She agreed to stay home and work for her father on the farm for 2 years if she could finish high school. This was the springboard for her developing a degree in well intentional and fruitful living.         On January 14, 1947 she was united in marriage to Wayne Pauls. They farmed in the Muscoda area for many years. After raising her family she went to work at Riverdale Manor for 30 years in housekeeping. Her example, all jobs were important and none beneath us. Take pride and do it to the best of your ability.
   Mom was a survivor, a 44 year survivor of breast cancer who moved forward with determination, appreciation and grace.
   Jean is survived by 5 children: Larry (Jessica) of Stevens Point, Dale (Carol) of Madison, Diane (Jon) Schroeder of Camp Douglas, Linda (John) Neville of Fond du Lac, Karen Brewer (Phil Townsend) of Muscoda; 16 Grandchildren; 11 Great-Grandchildren; Brother, James (Geraldine) Dax of Avoca; Sister-in-law, Jean Hardy of Muscoda and Special Friend Gerald Grankey of Muscoda.
   Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the United Church of Muscoda, Presbyterian, with burial to follow in the Avoca Cemetery.
   Friends may call at the United Church of Muscoda, Presbyterian on Saturday, April 19, 2014 form 9:00AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM. The family suggests memorials be directed to the United Church of Muscoda, Presbyterian.  The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with their arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.prattfuneralservice.com.
   Mom, we celebrate you for having left this world a better place because you walked with us. Your life our gift.
   We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. (Winston Churchill)
   Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. (Dr. Seuss)


Bruce G. Brandt
 

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Bruce G. Brandt, 59, of Des Moines died April 13 at home.
   He was born on Feb. 16, 1955 in St. Paul to Dorothy and Quentin Brandt. He graduated from Prairie Du Chien High School in 1973, and later earned a bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota.
   He was married to Beth Drees in 1983, and they made their home in Iowa, first in Clarion for four years and then in Des Moines.
   Bruce was a longtime administrative assistant to the Iowa House Republican leadership. He also had an encyclopedic knowledge of all kinds of music, was an enthusiastic cook, and a master of crossword puzzles.
   He is survived by his wife, his father, of Roseville, Minn., and by his brother Steven (Lynda McDonnell), of Minneapolis, and sisters, Barbara (Edward) Myers, of Prairie due Chien, and Christine Carlson, of Clarkston, Mich. 
   A celebration of his life will be held later in Minneapolis. Memorials are preferred to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa or AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport.                      4/19

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John J. Wolfram
 

Prairie du Chien, WI
John J. Wolfram age 78 of Prairie du Chien died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 
   He was born November 19, 1935 in Warren, IL the son of Cletus and Florence (Murray) Wolfram.  He married Glenda Bennett on June 1, 1957 in Shullsburg, WI. 
   He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Glenda Wolfram of Prairie du Chien, his daughter Deborah (Dean) Eckhoff of Oxford, OH, his sons, Steven (Karen) Wolfram of Menomonee Falls, WI and Daniel (Patcharee) Wolfram of Bangkok, Thailand, his sister Marge (John) Thornton of Marshfield, WI along with 6 grandchildren. 
   He was preceded in death by his parents.
   A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien, WI, with Rev.  James Weighner officiating.  Interment will be later in the St. Matthew’s Cemetery in Shullsburg, WI.     The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.  www.garrityfuneralhome.com


Frank F. Boese
 

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Frank F. Boese, 76, of Waukon, Iowa died Monday, April 7, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. 
   Frank Frederick, the son of Robert and Dorothy (Freeman) Boese, was born October 16, 1937 in Postville, Iowa.  He attended Postville Schools.  Frank worked as a custodian for twelve years at the Northgate Nursing Home in Waukon. He also worked for several years at Iowa Turkey Products in Postville.  In the fall of 1992, Frank started working at the Recycling Center in Waukon.
   Frank’s joy in life was spending time with his family and friends.  He enjoyed playing cards and fishing.  Frank was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins.  He liked to go for walks and he loved to go to Branson, Missouri.  Frank was a very giving person to his family and friends and he will be greatly missed.
   Frank is survived by his sister, Katherine Glick of Anamosa, Iowa; his sister-in-law, Jane Boese of Davenport, Iowa; his cousins, Merlin Boese of Waukon; and Charles (Judy) Boese of Decorah; and several nieces and nephews.
   Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Dorothy; his brothers, Robert, Harold “Cub”, Leo, Donald, John, and Edward Boese; his sister, Dorothy Johnson; and cousins, Keith, Allen, Kenneth, Gene, and Florence Boese, and Marion Reierson.
   Graveside Services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the Postville Cemetery, Postville, Iowa.
   Condolences may be left at www.graufuneralhomes.com
   Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Postville is assisting the family with arrangements.


Robert F. Ruzek
 

Robert F. Ruzek, 69, of Marquette, Iowa, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the V.A. Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin. 
   Robert Frank, the son of Frank H. and Bessie L. (Chmelik) Ruzek, was born July 29, 1944 in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota.  He graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1962.  After graduation, he entered the United States Army.  He was stationed in El Paso, Texas as an electronics technician. After his discharge from the Army, Bob worked in the restaurant and hospitality business. 
   He managed the Mason City Country Club and owned a bar for a few years.  Bob then worked on the track crew for the railroad in Marquette, Iowa. 
   Bob was united in marriage with Annette Dolan. To this union, two children were born. Bob and Annette were later divorced. 
   Bob was a member and Past Commander of the American Legion in Marquette.  He was a member of the V.F.W., served on the Marquette Zoning Commission, and was active with the Mar-Mac Boat Patrol. 
Bob loved hunting and fishing.  He raised border collies and homing pigeons and he enjoyed his flower gardening.
   Bob is survived by his two children, Stephan (Sherri) Ruzek of Shenandoah, Iowa; and Anne Marie (Kevin) Vaughan of West Des Moines, Iowa; seven grandchildren; his brother, Jim (Lynda) Ruzek of Rochester, Minnesota; his sister, Carolyn (Walter) Harms of Caledonia, Minnesota; his niece and nephews; and his constant companion, Missy.
   Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
   A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home in McGregor, Iowa.  Deacon Pat Malanaphy will be the celebrant.  Military Rites will be conducted by the Pocket City American Legion Post #267
   Visitation: Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home in McGregor.
   Inurnment will be held at a later date.
   Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of McGregor, Iowa, is assisting the family with arrangements.
   Condolences may be left with: www.graufuneralhomes.com.

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