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Elizabeth G. Canfield, 98, died April 25th, 2015
Elizabeth Canfield, age 98, of Granton, WI died Saturday, April 25, 2015, surrounded by her loving family, in the same home, in the same bedroom that she was born many years ago.

Elizabeth Grace Canfield was born on December 25, 1916 in Granton, WI the daughter of Fredrick and Grace (Poole) Daniels. She was united in marriage to Robert Canfield in February of 1936. During World War II she worked in the egg plant in Marshfield, but for most of her life she stayed at home and worked as a homemaker, raising her family.

In her leisure time, she enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, gardening and tending to her flowers. She has made hundreds upon hundreds of rugs made from baler twine for family and friends, over the years.

She is survived by four children, Jeanette (Jerome) Kurth of Marshfield, WI, Pauline (Ronald) Webster of Granton, WI, Robert (Linda) Canfield of Marshfield, WI and Stanley (Naree) Canfield of Granton, WI. Elizabeth is also survived by 130 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, a son, Darwin, a daughter, Margaret and five siblings.

A graveside service for Elizabeth will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the Windfall Cemetery in Granton. Immediately following the graveside service a memorial service will be held at the Granton Community Center. Pastor Jay Welshonse will conduct both services.

Casket Bearers are: Vincent Canfield, David Kuehn, Mitchell Conner, Jae Webster, Steve Canfield and Jon Canfield.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Elizabeth’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Paul Rueth, 58, died April 23rd, 2015
PAUL F. RUETH, Sr., age 58, of Neillsville, died at Memorial Medical Center, in Neillsville, on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm, and again on Wednesday, from 10am until time of service.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Thomas Behrens, 84, died April 23rd, 2015
THOMAS F. BEHRENS, age 84, of Greenwood, passed away peacefully at Neillsville Health & Rehab on Thursday, April 23, 2015 surrounded by his family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Parkway Pines, in Greenwood, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 11am to 2pm.

Thomas Frederick Behrens was born on November 6, 2015 in Chippewa Falls, WI, to Frederick and Helen (Chadwick) Behrens. He was raised and received his education in Greenwood, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1948. In 1946, Tom went to work for John S. Wuethrich at the Wuethrich farm, and then began driving truck for the John Wuethrich Creamery after completing high school. He retired from Grassland Dairy Products in 2000, after 52 years of driving.

He had many interests, but especially enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, playing cards, snowmobiling, telling stories and bowling.

He will be dearly missed by his children: Jim (Kaiyan) of Escondido, CA, Jan Richmond (Dennis Blanchard) of Black River Falls, Tom (Mary Lou) of Willard, Tracy (Jack) Nelson of Greenwood, Jill (Louie) Fortuna of Greenwood; 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Joyce, on March 18, 2009; one grandson: Jimmy Duss; and one brother and sister-in-law: Douglas (Shirley) Behrens.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Earl Cammers, 77, died April 22nd, 2015
EARL J. CAMMERS, age 77, of Loyal, died at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Marshfield, on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30pm on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal.

Visitation will be held at Cuddie Funeral Home, in Greenwood, on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm, and also on Saturday, at the church, from 11:30am until time of service.

Cuddie Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Merline G. (Naedler) Kaufman, 81, died April 22nd, 2015
Merline G. (Naedler) Kaufman, 81 of New Auburn passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at the home of her son Dan (Tammy) Peacock while under the care of Lakeview Medical Center Hospice program.

Merline was born March 19, 1934 in Neillsville, WI to Hazel (Acheson) and Hilbert Naedler. She was raised in Neillsville on the family farm where she also attended school. Merline graduated from the Neillsville High School in 1952 and then attended the University of WI La Crosse for one year. On December 26, 1953 she married Donald Peacock and became a military wife living in different states and together they had two sons Dan and Tom. They later divorced. On August 17, 1963 she married John F. Kaufman in Waukegan, Illinois. They resided in Rib Falls, WI where they bought Johnny’s Beer bar which eventually became Kaufman’s Bar for many years. Together they had one son Brad. Merline also worked in Milwaukee at A C Supply as a bookkeeper and Wausau Homes as a bookkeeper.

Merline enjoyed playing cards, traveling in her younger years, attending sheepshead tournaments and spending time with her family.

She will be dearly missed. Survivors include her sons: Dan (Tammy) Peacock of New Auburn, Tom (Kim) Peacock of Janesville, and Brad (Kathy) Kaufman of Greendale; her sister Fern (Cal) Swensen and her brother Alan (Darla) Naedler both of Neillsville; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband John.

There will be a graveside service on Monday April 27, 2015 at 11a.m. at the St Joseph Parish Cemetery in Fairchild with a luncheon to follow afterwards.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lakeview Medical Center Hospice Team Rice Lake, WI in memory of Merline.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at ww.cremationsociety-wi.com.
Royce L. Larsen, 91, died April 21st, 2015
Royce L. Larsen of Neillsville passed away April 21, 2015, nine days before his 92nd birthday, at the Clark County Health Care Center.

Born on April 30, 1923, in Waupaca, to Ralph and Marguerite (Miner) Larsen, he graduated from Manawa High School in 1940. Following graduation, he entered the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs), which sparked his love for the outdoors and the beauty of Wisconsin. His passion was helping to preserve forests, water, and soil.

Royce was drafted into the Army during WWII, serving from 1943–1946. For 18 months he was stationed in Hawaii as a radar specialist. He then attended U.W. River Falls, earning a B.S. in agriculture. He married Dorothy Severson on June 11, 1948. He enlisted in the Army Reserves and served two years during the Korean War, stationed in Germany.

Following college and military service, he spent most of his career (28 years) working for the Soil Conservation Service in Neillsville and Stratford. The Larsen family moved to Neillsville in 1961. In his last days Royce still shared memories of the many farmers in Clark and Marathon Counties with whom he partnered to develop soil conservation practices and reduce water pollution.

Royce is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, Dorothy, along with their three children, Tana (Frank) Schimberg, Brentwood, CA; Rhonda (Rudy) Forjan, Eustis, FL; and Jay (Mary Jo) Larsen, Cottage Grove, MN. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Jason (Valerie) Pischer, Katy (Greg) Furnas, Hannah (Hershall) Brown, Shawna (Christian) Mendenhall, Nicholas (Jamie) Larsen, and Molly (Corey) Eidem; eleven great-grandchildren: Hudson and Ryan Pischer; Jackson, Jordan, and Jett Furnas; Paris Ower; Alivia, Amelia, Jameson, and Jude Larsen; and Mazie Eidem; a brother-in-law, George Severson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Donna, and brothers, Wayne and Glendon.

A favorite pastime was playing the piano, especially to entertain his grandchildren. Royce had a knack for learning chords and harmonies of familiar melodies “by ear” and never had piano lessons. He liked taking his grandchildren fishing in his boat and camping in his travel trailer. He made lasting memories for them. He enjoyed walks in the woods and teaching his children and grandchildren to identify various plants, trees, and insects. In retirement he was happiest being in the county forest area west of Neillsville or working on his woodland property near Fifield. When declining health kept him homebound, Royce still worked in his backyard raking and composting.

He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Neillsville. A memorial service is planned for 11:00 a.m. on June 13, 2015 at the Calvary Lutheran Church with visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Memorial gifts may be directed to Calvary Lutheran Church.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Royce’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Bryan L. Coyle, 43, died April 19th, 2015
Bryan Coyle, age 43, of Minocqua, WI, died Sunday, April 19, 2015 in Minocqua.

Bryan Coyle was born on September 17, 1971 in Neillsville, WI the son of Ollie and Linda (Morrison) Coyle. He attended Granton High School and then worked as a carpenter for Brickl Brothers in West Salem, WI before moving to Missouri to work. He then took a job with Michels Pipeline where he worked until he started his own business, Coyle Carpentry in Vesper, WI. He then took a job as Project Manager with Alliant Energy and then moved on to Vice President of Operations for Forbes in Canada. Most recently, Bryan worked as a Project Manager for WPS. Additionally, he was co-owner of Taglio Tan in Minocqua, WI. Bryan spent his time fishing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, riding motorcycle, and golfing. Bryan was also an avid Wisconsin Badger’s sports fan and an avid NASCAR fan; however, his main love was spending time with his daughter, Kennedy and his fiancée’s children, Emma and Cole Mihas.

He is survived by a daughter, Kennedy of Pittsville, WI, his fiancée, Linda Mihas and her children, Emma and Cole Mihas of Minocqua, WI, his father, Ollie (Annette) Coyle Sr. of Granton, WI, his mother, Linda (Dan) Riley of Jadwin, MO, brothers, Ollie (Lisa) Coyle of Granton, WI, Scott (Tina) Coyle of City Point, WI, Jeff Coyle and Mike Coyle both of Chippewa Falls, WI, his grandmother, Dorothy Coyle of Marshfield and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gilbert Coyle and Raymond and Helen Morrison.

Funeral Services for Bryan will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Pastor Daryn Bahn of Christ Lutheran Church in Marshfield will officiate. Interment will be in the Windfall Cemetery in Granton, WI.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday and from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Friday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.
Albert L. Shinkle, 77, died February 24th, 2015
Albert L. Shinkle, 77 of Marshfield formerly of Neillsville was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Friday, April 24, 2015 surrounded by his family at Golden Living Three Oaks in Marshfield where he had been a resident for the past three years.

A celebration of Albert’s life will take place at 1PM on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Spencer United Methodist Church. Pastor Mike Carlson will officiate. Burial will follow in West Spencer Cemetery, town of Sherman.

A time of visitation will be held from 11AM until time of services at the church. The honor of pallbearers belongs to Mark Jensen, Troy Jensen, Allen Williams, Nicholas Wissell, Lee Hildebrandt & Bradley Shinkle.

Life Tributes Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Albert was born to Clarence and Inez (Chaney) Shinkle on April 30, 1937 in Gahanna, Ohio the youngest of seven children. He attended school in rural Ohio. Albert was united in marriage to Nancy Johnson on October 27, 1957, together they raised five children. Albert worked at Whirlpool Corporation in Ohio before purchasing a dairy farm in New Richland, Ohio where he farmed until relocating to Spencer, Wisconsin in 1975. Upon his retirement from farming he enjoyed many years of traveling the countryside delivering the Buyer’s Guide, Shoppers Guide and the Clark County Press, traveling over 700 miles each week.

He was a dedicated son, brother, father and friend full of love, wisdom, compassion, patience, kindness and generosity. He could sense when something was bothering you even if you said you were fine and he always knew the perfect answer to help you feel better. Albert enjoyed visiting with everyone he met and sharing his faith in the Lord. For Albert a stranger was a friend he hadn’t met yet. He was a tireless worker. He enjoyed spending time with his family and laughing till you couldn’t breathe. He loved animals and they sensed his caring spirit.

Albert is survived by his former wife Nancy Boortz, his sister Ethel Shinkle; his five children: Teresa (Mark) Jensen, Doug (Chinda) Shinkle, Connie Wissell, Chris Shinkle and Patti (Lee) Hildebrandt; his 22 grandchildren: Troy (Julie) Jensen, Holly (Allen) Williams, Organ and Arthur Shinkle, Bradley (Brianna) Fuhrman, Nicholas, Amanda and Katlynn Wissell, Michael (Leslie) Korteum, Lisa (fiancé Brian Bartnik) Korteum, Ashley Taft, Bradley (fiancé Sierra Shelly) Shinkle, David (fiancé Amanda Reeves) Shinkle, Daniel Shinkle, Alyssa (fiancé Camden Robinson) Shinkle, Katherine and Quentin Shinkle, Brandi, Britni, Bayli, Brianna and Aaron Hildebrandt and 15 great-grandchildren: Grace, Alayna, Josiah, Elijah, Lilah & Elliana Jensen, Emmalynn Beers-Fuhrman, Hadley Mientke, Naomi Fuhrman, Hailey Korteum, Ashlynn & Brooklynn Sorwheide, Landyn Taft, Alexandryan Shinkle and Arian Robinson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Ralph and Willis; three sisters: Helen, Ruth and Alice and many cherished pets.

Albert's family would like to thank the caring staff at Golden Living Three Oaks Alzheimer’s Care Unit and Aseracare Hospice care for the love and compassion shown to Albert and his family.
Mildred Elanore Faber , 89, died February 9th, 2015
Mildred Elanore (Milly) Faber died on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the home of her daughter, Bonnie Faber, in Rice Lake, WI.

Visitation will be at Living Hope Church in Neillsville, WI on Saturday, May 2nd at 10:00.
Following the visitation, a service will be held, at 11:00 a.m., at the church with Pastor Steve Wentz officiating.

Milly was born on May 6, 1925 in Chili, WI. She was the daughter of Ernest and Emma (Franke) Sanger. She attended Big Four and Cozy Corner Elementary Schools, Marshfield High School, and Central State Teacher’s College in Stevens Point. She taught at Maple Center School in Greenwood.

Milly was confirmed at Fremont Lutheran Church (Chili Corners) and attended Grace Lutheran Church in Nasonville and Christ Lutheran Church (Chili).

She married Norman Faber September 15, 1945 and began 40 years of farming with Norman. They had big gardens, raspberry patches, and enjoyed maple syrup making in the spring. They had three children: Donald and twins, Connie and Bonnie. She was a member of the West Fremont Homemakers Club, Christ Lutheran Ladies Aid, and Ralph Schram’s Bible Study.

After her husband’s death, she moved to Neillsville in February 1987. Milly attended Living Hope Church. She enjoyed singing and was a member of the Young at Heart Hymn Singers. Her love of music was expressed through substitute organ playing and 20 years of membership in the Sunshine Girls. She would accompany the group playing guitar, piano, and autoharp. With her friend, Helen Dix, she sang songs at churches, Gilbertson Funeral Home, Owen Health Care Center, and Marshfield & Bethel Convalescent Centers. She enjoyed singing duets with Elaine Peroshek, Carol Ayers, and Marie Ratsch.

Throughout her life, she enjoyed writing songs and poems. She filled 79 notebooks with her musical poetry. Milly wrote songs in recognition of people’s birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries. She also made greeting cards and sympathy cards. She wrote poems for special events and occasions (some appeared in the Clark County Press).

Milly was preceded in death by her parents (Ernest and Emma Sanger), brothers (Elmer and Lawrence Sanger), sister (Evelyn Roehl), father & mother-in-law (Ludwig and Emma Faber), son (Donald), husband (Norman) in September 1986, and daughter (Connie Halverson) in December 1999.

She is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Faber (Rice Lake, WI) and a granddaughter, Faith Halverson-Ramos (Longmont, CO), son-in-law, Richard Halverson (Onalaska, WI), and a few remaining Sunshine Sisters.
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