Obituary for Charlotte I. Coon

Charlotte I. Coon

Charlotte I. Coon, Marshfield, WI, died January 25, 2021, after a battle with COVID-19.

Char was born Oct 12, 1927, to Christian and Irene Heggelund. She grew up on her parents’ small farm, with her older brother Lawrence and younger brother Gene. The pets and livestock on the farm awakened a love for animals that she happily passed on to her children.

After high school, Char graduated from the Teachers College in Wisconsin Rapids and began teaching in the one-room schoolhouse, not far from her parent’s farm in the Township of Richfield. Two years later she moved to Wisconsin Rapids where she met the handsome Marine who would later become her husband. They married on August 15, 1953, and began their life together in Milan, Michigan, where their children Mike and Becky were born. The desire to be near family brought them home to Richfield for the rest of her life. Although she traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe, central Wisconsin was to remain her favorite place to be.

Char joined the Pittsville Elementary School system when principal Marge Peterson, recognizing her artistic talents, offered her the art teacher position. She returned to regular education classes after a few years, but remained an artist, to the blessing of us all. Word of her talent spread and many requested special projects. She shared her talent and worked tirelessly, painting saws, ax heads for DNR retirees, a hockey stick, and even a violin. She left no one disappointed. In her lifetime, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Sweet Adelines, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bible study, Red Hats, and her 1945 grad group, were just a part of Char’s world. She was the first to tell you that she had a wonderful life, with few regrets.

Surviving her are her son Mike, Deb (daughter-in-law), daughter Becky, grandson Joe Bowling and his wife Nikki, and four great-grandchildren, Daylynn, Lillian, Joseph, and Evelynn.

Char enjoyed nothing more than gathering with friends and family. However, due to Covid restrictions, we regret that the visitation and memorial service held at Buchanan/Rembs Funeral Home in Pittsville will be private, for family only. The service will be live-streamed online at 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 4 at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of Charlotte’s favorite charities.

The Humane Society/ animal shelter near you, wounded veterans’ organizations, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or Shriner’s Hospital, are some suggestions.

Condolences may be sent online at

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