Shullsburg Obituaries
Marilyn R. Bennett of Benton, WI
Marilyn R. Bennett, 82, of Benton, Wisc. went to be with the Lord Friday, October 24, 2014, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City, Wisc. She was born August 10, 1932 in New Diggings, Wisc. the daughter of Fred G. and Rachel (Van Gorden) Pyzer. Marilyn graduated from New Diggings High School in 1950. She was united in marriage to Alvin L. “Buck” Bennett on May 12, 1951 at New Diggings Primitive Methodist Church. Marilyn lived in New Diggings until 1972, when they moved to Benton, Wisc. She was a self employed wallpaper hanger. Marilyn also worked at Kahle’s Furniture in Dubuque, IA and Donohoo’s Furniture in Cuba City.
Marilyn is survived by her husband: Alvin “Buck” at home; five children: Lynnett (Doug) Ratchford of Brenham, TX, Cindy (Jim) Holtzclaw of Rock Hill, SC, Kent Bennett of Benton, Clark (Audery) Bennett of Shullsburg, Wisc., and Lisa Bennett of Hazel Green, Wisc.; 15 grandchildren: Brice (Janet) Cherry of Hewitt, TX, Denbigh (Stephanie) Cherry of Fentress, TX, Rachel Van Gorden of Washington, DC, Robbie (Allison) Burgess of Williamston, SC, Tony Holtzclaw of Greer, SC, Cory (Jessica) Holtzclaw of Greenville, SC, Jody (Pete) Beltran of Davenport, IA, Chris Bennett of Benton, Elizabeth (Paul) Lucas of Dubuque, IA, Manny Bennett of New Diggings, Wisc., Casey Bennett and Katie Bennett both of Benton, Clarrisa Pearce of Madison, Wisc., and Pyzer and Preston Pearce both of Hazel Green; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law: Bob (Darlene) Bennett of Platteville, Wisc., and C. Leonard (Kit) Bennett of Leadmine, Wisc.; and one sister-in-law: Sandy Bennett of Platteville. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son: Kurt Bennett; one brother: Dwayne Pyzer; and her mother and father-in-law: Charles and Kitty Bennett.
Marilyn was a member of Lafayette County Christian Center in Darlington. Buck and Marilyn were faithful church members, and enjoyed going out for dinner afterward. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Lafayette County Christian Center, 11560 Center Hill Road in Darlington with Rev. Mark Gilberts officiating. Burial will be at Shawnee Cemetery in New Diggings, Wisc. A visitation will be held Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M. at O’Flahrity-Erickson Funeral Home, 235 N. Judgement St. in Shullsburg, Wisc. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Marilyn’s name.
Shirley W. Nielsen of Shullsburg, WI
Shirley W. Nielsen, age 87, of Shullsburg, WI, passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at Lafayette Manor in Darlington, WI. She was born September 1, 1927 in Darlington, WI, the daughter of William and Edna (Doughrety) Nevels. Shirley lived in Darlington most of her life until moving to Shullsburg.

Shirley is survived by twelve children: Robert Meehan of Darlington, Terry Boebel of Prairie du Chien, WI, Ruth Ann Duvall of Madison, WI, Mildred (Lonnie) Schell and Thomas (Larry Ott) Meehan both of Boscobel, WI, Christine (Terry) Keenan of East Dubuque, IL, Barbara (Thomas) Blaser of Shullsburg, Timothy (Lois) Nielsen of Belmont, WI, Richard (Janet) Nielsen of Shullsburg, Debra Symons of Benton, WI, Jerry (Sheila) Nielsen of Shullsburg, and Russell Nielsen of St. Augustine, FL; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one brother-in-law: David Reichling of rural Darlington. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sons: Norman Meehan, Kenneth and Nicky Nielsen; five brothers; two half brothers; two sisters; and two half sisters.

Shirley enjoyed going to the boat, garage sales, and quilting. She was an avid Green Bay Packers and Tiger Woods fan.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 26, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Erickson Funeral Home, 508 Main Street in Darlington with Rev. Lee Smith of Community Evangelical Free Church in Shullsburg officiating. Burial will be held in Union Grove Cemetery in Darlington. A private visitation will be held. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Shirley’s name.

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