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Mildred J. Coffey


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Mildred J. Coffey, 87, of Sheboygan, formerly of Ontonagon, Mich., received her wings on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Pine Haven Christian Home.

Millie was born on Feb. 23, 1926, in Allouez, Mich., to John and Aileen (Juntunen) Kyllonen, residing in Alston, Mich., with her sister and brother.

On Sept. 18, 1943, she married the late Bernard F. Coffey of Greenland, Mich. Together they had two daughters. Millie graduated from Baraga High School in 1944 and at the age of 51, she received her licensed practical nurse certification from Gogebic Community College. One of Millie’s first jobs was working at the old Memorial Hospital, and she later worked at Maple Manor Nursing Facility until she retired.

Millie enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, crossword puzzles, relaxing on her front deck, visiting with her friends and watching the Cubs play baseball on TV. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and enjoyed volunteering her time assisting with activities. She always enjoyed baking goodies and sharing them among her friends. She loved to sing songs to whoever listened, especially to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Millie is survived by her daughter, Sandie (Steve) Hill, of Sheboygan; grandchildren, Andrea (Rickie) Triplett, of Wilkesboro, N.C., Kris (Mark) Meyer, of Sheboygan, Dana Hill, of Sheboygan, and Steven (Tatjana) Hill, of Nashotah; great-grandchildren, Michelle (Nathaniel) Staley, Wilkesboro, Jeremiah Triplett, Wilkesboro, Travis and Amanda Meyer, both of Sheboygan, and Michael and Kevin Hill, both of Nashotah; and one great-great granddaughter, Ava Staley, Wilkesboro. She is further survived by a sister, Lucille Markie, of Roseville, Mich .: her brother, Robert Kyllonen, of Palm Desert, Calif .; longtime friend, Mitch Cazier, of Palm Desert; along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Colleen; and her husband, Bernie.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20, from noon to 2 p.m. EDT, with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 2 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Ontonagon with Father Michael Jacobus as Celebrant. Interment will take place at Holy Family Cemetery in Ontonagon.

Millie’s family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Pine Haven Christian Home for all their compassionate care. The Cane Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends may view Millie’s obituary and leave messages of remembrance at

God looked around His garden and found an empty place. He then looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired face. He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb. So He closed your weary eyelids and whispered, “Peace be thine.” It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

Condolences may be sent c/o Cane Funeral Home, 310 N. Steel St., Ontonagon MI 49953.


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