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Donald J. Cipra

March 10, 1934 ~ May 16, 2019 (age 85)


Prairie du Chien, WI

Donald J. Cipra age 85 of Prairie du Chien died as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile pedestrian accident on Thursday, May 16, 2019.  He was born March 10, 1934 in Prairie du Chien the son of Frank and Esther (Berntgen) Cipra.  Don served in the US Army stationed in Germany.  He married Shirley Carl on November 24, 1957 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien.  Don worked as a sawyer for Hiram Walker in Prairie du Chien and later as a machinist for Wolf Machine Shop for many years. Wherever he worked he was a hard and dedicated worker and a “jack of all trades”. Don was a faithful member of St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish. He was an active member of the Campion Council Knights of Columbus, serving for many years as financial secretary. He was fondly known as “Mr. Tootsie Roll”.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley of Prairie du Chien, his daughters, Tammy (Dale) Dillard of Denver, CO, Michelle (Van) Dack of Elko, Nev. and Brenda (Mark) Warren of LaCrosse, WI, his brother Dale (Donna) of Prairie du Chien, his sisters, Delores (Gary) Walz of Dodgeville, WI, Jeanette Clark of Prairie du Chien and Teresa (Jim) Tichenor of Kirksville, MO, his grandchildren, Christina, Lucas, Casey Jo and Kyle along with his great grandchildren, Ava, Max and Zoe.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Michael, and his brothers Frank and Jim.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Rev. James Weighner officiating, with burial in the Calvary Cemetery both in Prairie du Chien.  Military honors will be accorded by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard.  Friends may call on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien where there will be a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:00 PM and a wake scripture at 7:30 PM.

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May 21, 2019

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Garrity Funeral Home
704 S. Ohio St.
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Mass of Christian Burial
May 22, 2019

11:00 AM
St. Gabriel's Church of the Holy Family Parish
506 N. Beaumont Rd.
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821

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