Sierra Prater, 17, Wisconsin Dells

Sierra Prater, 17, of Wisconsin Dells, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at University Hospital in Madison, following an accident at home.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 313 E. Montello St., Montello, with Pastor Zietlow officiating. Visitation was held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Picha Funeral Home, 120 E. Adams St., Lake Delton, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Sierra was born May 16, 2000, in Portage, the daughter of Wade and Melissa (Chapman) Prater. She was a senior at Wisconsin Dells High School and had been working at Maurer’s Market in Wisconsin Dells. Sierra enjoyed the outdoors; hiking, hunting and fishing. She liked animals and in a letter she also expressed her patriotism toward the U.S. flag and country. In her letter she also mentions, “I’d say that I am generally a nice person. I’m that friend that people come to when they’re having a bad day, or the friend that sits and listens to your ranting if you ask me to.”

Sierra is survived by her parents, Wade and Melissa Prater of Wisconsin Dells; a sister, Montana; paternal grandmother, Linda Prater of Baraboo; maternal grandparents, George and Bonnie Chapman of Dalton; great-grandparents, Margaret Frye of Edgerton, and Gerald and Darlene Hunter of Dalton; aunts and uncles, Jason (Julie) Chapman of Dalton, Sarrey (Josh) Steuck of Montello and Wendy Prater of Baraboo; and close cousins, Cole and Kaylee Chapman, Anna and Ally Steuck, and Lane Prater; and a special friend, Austin Manson. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Urk “Butch” Prater.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Mikayla’s Grace, a charity to provide assistance to families who lose their children, would be appreciated.

Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Lake Delton assisted the family with arrangements. For online condolences and information, visit