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Obituary for Shelly Rae (Willger) Miller


After being diagnosed with Caroli’s disease in 2008 and eventually succumbing to pancreatic cancer, Shelly Rae (Willger) Miller of Bangor, passed away on December 1, 2018, at home surrounded by her loving family. Shelly was born on April 1, 1966, in Janesville, Wis., as the youngest child of Martin and Lillian (Volden) Willger. As a child, the family moved to Viroqua where she graduated from Viroqua High School. Shelly was introduced to the love of her life, Todd Miller, and they were married on May 6, 1989. Todd and Shelly eventually settled in Bangor on the Miller Family Farm. She most recently held the position of Administrator for the Village of Bangor. Shelly was passionate about traveling-taking many trips with Todd and her family, going out on the river and up north, taking care of her beautifully landscaped lawn, and her dogs. She cherished her family and played an integral role in the lives of those close to her. Always confident and beautiful, she lead by example and was the perfect model of parenting, grandparenting, unconditional love, and strength. She will be profoundly missed by many. Shelly is survived by her husband, Todd; three children, Christopher (Lesley), Carrie (Cameron) Wells, and Caleb (Lauren Rockney). She was most proud to be grandma to Lillian and Keenan Wells. She is further survived by one sister and two brothers: Cindy and Randy Bakkestuen, Mark and Judy Willger, and Larry and Judy Willger; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herb and Bonnie Miller; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Randy and Susan Miller, Daune and Mary Miller, and Pam and Gary Schomburg; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew, and cousins; and one special cousin, who was more like a brother, Roger (Jeanie) Willger. Shelly was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Lillian Willger, and nephew, Jonathan Bakkestuen. Funeral services will be held at 11 am Friday December 7, at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Bangor. Rev. Roy Hefti will officiate. Burial will take place at the Burns Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be from 3pm-7pm, Thursday, and from 10 am until the time of service, both at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Bangor. Entrusted to assist the family with funeral arrangements is Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bangor Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.