Linus E. Pronschinske


Linus E. Pronschinske, 89, of Independence, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, Sunday, October 9, 2022, under the care of St. Croix Hospice.

Linus was born on January 8, 1933, in Fountain City, to Alphonse and Agnes (Semling) Pronschinske. He married Phyllis Guza, September 26, 1955, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Independence. Linus was a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he served as Grand Knight. He earned the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton in California and was honorably discharged in 1952. He worked construction for C.J. Woychik and then R.J. Jurowski as a carpenter until his retirement. During retirement, Linus worked maintenance at the Independence High School.

Linus is survived by his wife of 67 years, Phyllis; children: Gordon (Laura) of Mondovi, Maynard (Mary Lou) of Cochrane, Annette Doelle (Dave) of Fountain City, and La Mae Murphy (Jack) of Hudson; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; brother, Clarence (Bev); sisters: Antonia Smeija and Lois Klimek-Deeren; and many nieces and nephews.

Linus was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Aaron, Quintin, Cletus and Franz; sisters: Ermina Pronschinske, Dorothy Schaub, Vera Wozney and Mary Lou Soppa; and many in-laws and other family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, October 14, 2022, at 10:30 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father George Thayilkuzhitottu officiating. Family and friends are welcome for visitation from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2022, at the Edison Funeral Home, where there will be a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service with Rosary to follow. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at church. Burial with Military Honors presented by Sura-Wiersgalla Post #186 will be in the church cemetery. To express condolences to his family online, please visit

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