In Memory of Arlene J. Canfield

Visitation

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday June 18, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Visitation - Day of Service

10:00 am
Saturday June 19, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Eulogy

10:45 am
Saturday June 19, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Memorial Mass

11:00 am
Saturday June 19, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

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Arlene J. Canfield of Ellsworth, WI, died on Friday, June 4, 2021 at Bayview Health and Rehab in Red Wing, MN. She was 82. Arlene was born September 4, 1938 in St Paul, MN to parents Andrew and Clara (Weber) Krath. Arlene attended school in St Paul, and graduated from Saint Agnes High School.

Arlene worked for more than 17 years with Dopkins Accounting Service in River Falls. On September 9, 1978, Arlene was united in marriage to Norman Canfield. Their union in marriage was blessed with 43 years of love and devotion.

Arlene was self-taught and gifted at crochet. She spent countless hours making pieces to sell at craft shows, creating doilies with her sisters’ names and other unique pieces for those she loved. Arlene loved to bake, and perfected her special recipes for banana bread and strawberry rhubarb cake. In later years, she served as a Eucharistic minister at St Francis Church. Though she and Norm enjoyed an Alaskan cruise, their time was usually spent closer to home to be closer to their family. Arlene loved her grandkids and cherished her role as grandmother. She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her.

Arlene is survived by her husband of 43 years, Norm Canfield; her children, Debra Foster, Jeanette Schrandt, Patty (Barry) Brenner, Deb Canfield, Pam Herron, Randy Canfield, and Vicki Canfield; her grandchildren, Angie (Tony) Vodnik, Hollie (Todd) Bakke, Jerod (Lindsey) Huppert, Kyle (Casidee) Schrandt, Jeremy (Mandee) Brenner, Blake (Rachael) Brenner, Brittany Brenner (Jamey Lacey), and Alex Canfield; 13 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; and a great-great-granddaughter due in October of 2021. She is also survived by 4 sisters, 1 brother, and many nieces and nephews. Arlene was preceded in death by her father, Andrew Krath, and her mother, Clara (Weber) Krath.

Services honoring the life of Arlene Canfield will be held at the St. Francis Catholic Church, 231 W. Woodworth Street in Ellsworth. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00pm on Friday, June 18, and then again on Saturday morning beginning at 10:00am. On Saturday morning at 10:45am, Arlene will be eulogized prior to her Mass which starts at 11:00am. The service will be livestreamed to: https://youtu.be/_HAfGfs79WQ. Following services, Arlene will be brought to her final place of rest at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Her family will host a luncheon gathering at American Legion Post #204 in Ellsworth. Memorials may be directed to the discretion of her family.

Services entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth, WI. 715-273-4421

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  • My sincere sympathy to your entire family. Arlene, Jan & I had so many good visits & discussions at Jan’s shop. I looked forward to that weekly visit. She was a special person & I will cherish her friendship. God Bless you all.

  • I worked with Arlene for many years in river falls and we had a lot of fun and we got some work done also. I remember when we first met and she had recently divorced and told me that if she ever said she was going to get married again to hit her over the head with a chair. she then met Norm and all bets were off she fell hard and never looked back. She was always a hard working honest person that would tell you what she thought even if it was too honest some times. I will miss her trying to give her co-worker Ben a hug when she came into the office after retirement. she was a fun lady and will be missed. byron

  • This news breaks my heart! I met Arlene when I was just 2 years old
    and I lived across the street from the Schrandt’s. Little did I know I would become best friend’s with Patty and go to school together for
    11 years. { And we were inseparable! }
    THAT WHEN I STARTED TO CALL HER MOM # 2.
    She was great, she never yelled at us when we would get in to trouble. That was Patty’s Dads area. She would just smile and laugh.
    When they up and moved to Ellsworth at the end of our 10th grade school year, I thought the world was ending. I was invited to spend the whole summer with them at their new farm. When summer was over, my mom had to come get me because I didn’t want to go home!
    When you have a best friend like that you cherish everything about them and their whole family.
    She will be sadly missed and remembered in my HEART!!
    Love you MOM #2
    Cindy { Redner } Schlussler

  • So sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing!
    She was a lovely lady. My sympathy to all her family.