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Shirley R Milliren

Shirley R Milliren

Shirley Rose (Bucher) Milliren was born on August 15, 1936 to Bishop and Rose (Fry) Bucher in Nelson Wisconsin, the youngest of eight children.  She was raised on a farm and attended school in Nelson, graduating from High School.

In 1954, Shirley met the love of her life, Giles Milliren at a dance hall. After their courtship they married August 10, 1955.  Together they purchased a farm in Big Arkansaw Valley where Shirley lived out the rest of her years.

Shirley had a love for Mother Nature as she helped with the farming chores, the annual maple syrup production, tended to her large country garden that provided an abundance of produce for all.  Raising chickens and selling eggs was a true passion.  Shirley’s hobbies included; sewing, quilting, crocheting, making rag rugs and growing African violets.  Her homemade bread, cinnamon rolls and angel food cakes will be forever missed.  Old time polkas and waltzes were listened to daily.

Shirley was a member of the St. Ann’s Alter Society, Big Arkansaw Valley Homemakers Club, Square Wheelers Dance, Pepin County Dairy Promotion Committee, a 4-H Club leader and a Waterville Township election worker.  Over the years Shirley also found time to work outside the home at Huntsinger Farms, Durand Canning Company, cooked at 4-H camps, Heritage of Elmwood and the Plum City Care Center for twenty years.

Shirley is survived by her six children: Tom (Sue) Milliren, Gail (Brad) Saueressig, Rose (Gary) Weisenbeck, Tim (Julie) Milliren, Sam Milliren and Irene (Chris) Vance. Twelve grandchildren: Todd, Sara (Jeff), Shelly (Larry), Carrie Jo (Jason), Jeremy (Tiffannie), Garret, Carley Rose, Morgan (friend-Matt), Lexi, Preston, Mackenzie and Jaxon. Eleven great-grandchildren: Gavin, Addison, Trevor, Taylor, Alex, Joe, Tru, Myah, Abe, Olivia and Eisen along with her four-legged companion Harley. Sister-in-law Mary Jane (Robert) Singerhouse, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Giles, granddaughter Amanda Ann Milliren along with her seven siblings: Edward, Arthur, Norman and Richard Bucher, Mabel (Ernie) DeVore, Julia (Merlin) Sandberg and EllaMay (Don) Erickson.

The funeral mass will be held 11:00 am Friday, May 14, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church Arkansaw, Wisconsin. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of services at the church on Friday. Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Following the services there will be a celebration of Shirley’s life at the Arkansaw Community Center.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Jane and John Heit

    Thoughts and prayers are with your family

  2. Stan and LaVonne Biel

    Sending thoughts and prayers to your family, today, as you mourn the loss of your much loved Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, but also celebrate a life well lived! God's blessings and comfort to you all!

  3. Kurt and Sue Richardson

    Sending our thoughts and prayers ???? to your family.

  4. Daniel Traun

    Sorry for your loss and I offer my sympathy to the Milliren family.

  5. Carol Pittman

    So sorry to hear about your Mom. I remember babysitting for you kids. She was a great lady. I will keep you all in my prayers.
    Carol Pittman

  6. Cleo Scharr Bauer

    So sorry to hear about Shirley. We were good friends in high school and beyond. We had many good times at the farm and later when they moved to town. I’m certain that she will be greatly missed by her family.

  7. Jeff & Lacey Richardson

    May loving memories ease your loss and bring you comfort. Our condolences to the entire family.

  8. Barb Brunner

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Your Mom was a great lady and a former neighbor and I’m sure she will be sadly missed. Hold tight to the memories. May God Bless you All.
    Barb Brunner and Family

  9. Marty and Diane Prissel

    All our sympathy to the families ????????

  10. Vicci Rosenberg

    So sorry to hear this prayers to the families!!

  11. Steven and Bebe Pittman

    Milliren family, we are sorry for the lost of your mother Shirley. She is in our prayers as she starts her next adventure into eternal life with God and his son Jesus. God bless your family. Steven and Bebe Pittman(Cyril & Jane son)

  12. David & Dorothy Anibas

    Our thoughts and Prayers to the Milliren family.We
    have many fond memories of Shirley and good times
    as a neighbor and friend. Rest in peace.

  13. patrick b brantner

    I'm very sorry for your loss

  14. John and Patty Wayne

    Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to you and your family.

  15. Jan Hagness Mcchesney

    I was saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. You all took such great care of her, I know she felt loved. Sending my condolences for the whole family. May she Rest In Peace.

  16. Paul and Amanda Glaus

    So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Randy & Audrey Richardson

    So sorry for your loss.

  18. John and judy parr

    Sorry for your loss hug’s



    Sorry to hear about your mother, our prayers and sympathy. Our families were an important part of our growing up and developing our values that have served us all well. Shirley will be missed by all of you.

    Julie and Gene Laschinger

  20. Kathy Hutter-Messier

    thoughts and prayers to Shirleys family

  21. Kathleen Lieffring

    My sympathy to the entire Milliren family. I know that family was so important to her.

  22. Donna and Richard Karshbaum

    We are so Sorry for Your Loss, Shirley was a Great and Wonderful Lady, God Bless You All, Hugs and Prayers Sent to You All ❤️

  23. Maralyn and LaVere Anderson

    Our sympathy to all of Shirley's children. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  24. Gary and Rosey Asher

    We pray God's love and the peace of Christ surround you all in this time of loss.

  25. Joe and Jan Drier

    Thinking of you and sending our Sympathy!

  26. Barb Overman

    My thoughts and prayers for all.
    I remember all the times we spend to gather with your Mom. My mom Elaine Bau

  27. Barb Overman

    My thoughts and prayers for all.
    I remember all the times we spend to gather with your Mom.

  28. Rick and Deb Setterlund

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  29. Dennis and Ramona Schneider

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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