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Ruth Bernice (Ihling) Cantley

August 11, 1920 ~ September 19, 2019 (age 99)

Ruth Bernice Cantley, 99, Minocqua, died Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Lakeshore Assisted Living in Minocqua under the care of Ascension at Home/Ministry Hospice of Arbor Vitae.

Ruth was born August 11, 1920 in Cudahy, WI to the late Walter and Minnie (Kuppert) Ihling.  Following her graduation from high school she began working as a bookkeeper.  She married Leslie Cantley on August 25, 1944 in Milwaukee.  The couple were blessed with one daughter, Laurie.  Ruth and Leslie often enjoyed riding their bicycles together to go get a sweet treat. 

She was a loving and thoughtful mother who enjoyed to baking and spending time outdoors.  Ruth often could be found working in her garden cultivating her flowers.  In her free time, she liked to play bridge and watch the Milwaukee Braves/Brewers and the Green Bay Packers.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Laurie (Steve) Bunda and sister, Gloria (Richard) Herman.  She is preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Virginia (Noble) Lee.

A private service will take place at a later date.

Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at

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