Gene Ann Cansfield

March 11, 1934 - April 25, 2021

Gene Ann Cansfield, 87, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past 22 years, formerly of Miami, FL, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021 in Cape Coral. She was born March 11, 1934 in Midland, MI to George and Olive Mowry, now deceased.

Gene Ann was of the Christian faith. She was raised the hard way on a farm in Michigan, before moving to Bay City. She was a graduate of Michigan State University and moved to Miami quickly after graduation to trade the snow for the sun. She was a dedicated educator, serving almost 35 years with the Dade County School System. She taught English and Social Studies at the Jr High and High School levels and claimed there is nothing worse than a seventh grader. She finished her career as a High School Librarian, after receiving her Master’s Degree from University of Miami.

She raised two rambunctious boys and spent much of her life supporting their sporting endeavors and trying to keep them out of trouble. She was a lover of all animals, mostly boxer dogs, which she had for much of her life. Later in life she adopted many stray dogs and a cat, who all became her best companions, and she supported numerous animal charities.

Although she was as tough and stubborn as they come, she did make many lifelong friends as an educator, and in retirement in Cape Coral, belonging to groups including a Boat Club, Red Hats Society, and Wine Club. She cherished those friendships. She loved the water, which is why she spent her retirement years on the canals of Cape Coral and near Lake Michigan in Petoskey. Gene Ann was always ready for a Miller Lite, a glass of Pinot Noir, a cup of Lobster Bisque, or a spirited game of Cribbage.

She is survived by two sons, Manny Ziegler (Diane) of Suwanee, GA, and Kelly Ziegler (Regina) of Greenbrier, TN; six grandchildren, Zack Ziegler (Alyssa), Hannah Ziegler, Zane Ziegler, Rebecca Ziegler, Grant Ziegler, and Wyatt Ziegler; two great grandchildren, Nicholas Ziegler and Gia Ziegler; and Tim Cansfield and Jeni McNulty and their families in Michigan.

Gene Ann was preceded in death by her first husband, Manny M. Ziegler in 1984; as well as her second husband, Jack Cansfield in 2007.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Gene Ann Cansfield are suggested to go to the animal charity of your choice.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


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