Lana J. Gratace, age 74 of Prairie du Chien passed away surrounded by her loving daughters Thursday, June 10, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. She was born July 8, 1946, at Zeigler Maternity Home in Monona, IA, the daughter of Lyle and June (Hart) Voelzke. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in the class of 1963. She married Donald Hadacek on January 10, 1970, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Together they lived in Prairie du Chien and worked at Don’s accounting office. After Don’s passing on October 2, 1978, she started working as the parish secretary at Holy Family Parish (formerly St. John’s Catholic Church). On November 8, 1986, Lana married Mark Gratace. Lana continued to work as the church secretary for the Catholic parish in Prairie du Chien, holding the position for over 30 years. Her husband Mark preceded her in death on September 29, 2009. Lana was best known for her candid, sassy demeanor. She loved politics, going to grandchildren’s events, spending time with her girlfriends, and trying her hand at the slot machine. Lana is survived by her daughters Chrissie (Emmanuel D’Huyvetter) Alioto, Michelle (Travis) Geuder, and Marcia (John) O’Neill; and her grandchildren Alex, Aidan, and Anthony Alioto, and Noelle Hines and Katy and Callen Geuder. She was also preceded in death by her parents.
A Funeral Service will be Monday, June 14, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. at the Garrity Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. James Weighner officiating with burial in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the Garrity Funeral Home on Sunday, June 13, 2021, from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and at the funeral home on Monday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services. A funeral luncheon will follow at Huckleberry’s Restaurant in Prairie du Chien.
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