Shullsburg Obituaries
Evelyn I. Gensler of rural Shullsburg, WI
Evelyn I. Gensler, age 103, of rural Shullsburg, WI, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at her home. She was born March 17, 1911 in White Oak Springs Township in Lafayette County, WI, the daughter of Webster and Jessie (McCann) Coulthard. Evelyn grew up and lived her entire life in White Oak Springs Township. She graduated from Shullsburg High School in 1929 and later attended Platteville Normal School for one year, where she received her Teacher’s Certificate for grades 1 through 8. Evelyn taught at Mount Zion Country School near Scales Mound, IL, for 2 years and later at Mullen Country School on Copeland Road in rural Shullsburg for 18 years. She was united in marriage to Forrest W. Gensler on August 23, 1945 in St. Croix Falls, WI.

Evelyn is survived by her daughter-in-law: Mary Gensler of rural Shullsburg; one grandson: Matthew Gensler of Milwaukee, WI; one brother-in-law: Albert (Shirley) Gensler of Shullsburg; two sisters-in-law: Joanne (John) Weiskircher and Mary Alice (Tom) Pedley both of Shullsburg; and two nieces: Linda Peterson of Arlington Heights, IL, and Virginia (Paul) O’Brien of Rockford, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Forrest on April 10, 1994; her son: Charles on September 1, 2011; two grandsons: Jacob Forrest and Joseph William Gensler; and her brother: Thomas Coulthard.

Evelyn was a member of United Methodist Church of Scales Mound. She was a caregiver to many family members over the years. Evelyn will always be remembered for her love of animals and taking care of all of the stray cats that came by the farm.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 7, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, 226 West Church Street in Shullsburg with Rev. Jeffrey A. Meyer officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Shullsburg. A visitation will be held Sunday, July 6, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at O’Flahrity-Erickson Funeral Home, 235 North Judgement Street in Shullsburg and Monday, July 7, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Gerald "Jerry" O'Neill of Shullsburg, WI
Gerald E. “Jerry” O’Neill, age 69, of Shullsburg, WI, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born January 25, 1945 in Shullsburg the son of J. Clifford and Dorothy L. (Welch) O’Neill. Jerry graduated from Shullsburg High School in 1963. He served in the United States Army from 1965 until 1975. Jerry was united in marriage to Louise Specht on February 3, 1968 in Platteville, WI. He lived in Shullsburg all of his life. Jerry worked at John Deere in Dubuque, IA, for 20 years and 7 months. He owned the Irish Inn in Shullsburg from 1977 until 1990.
Jerry is survived by two daughters: Ann Marie (Jeff) Maahs of Duluth, MN, and Jennifer Koltes of Sun Prairie, WI; Louise O’Neill of Sun Prairie; four grandchildren: Josie and Nathan Maahs, and Zachary and Ryan Koltes; one brother: John “Jack” (Carol) O’Neill of Asbury, IA; one sister: Mary Kay (Steve) Walker of Janesville, WI; and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jerry was a member of McCann-Richards American Legion Post #105 of Shullsburg and Shullsburg VFW #10533 and St. Matthew Catholic Church in Shullsburg. He served on the Shullsburg Fire Department for 20 years and on the Shullsburg Ambulance for 18 years.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
For those who prefer, memorials may be given in Jerry’s name to McCann-Richards American Legion Post #105 and Shullsburg VFW #10533, Attn: Dave Weiskircher, 131 East High Street, Shullsburg, WI 53586.
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