Lori A. England, 46 of Eau Claire passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at her residence due to complications of diabetes.

Lori was born on August 1, 1969 to Donald and Connie (Cooksey) England in Wabash, Indiana. Lori graduated from North High School in 1988. After high school, Lori attended Job Corps and later received a degree in Culinary Arts and a certification as a volunteer firefighter. Lori was a volunteer firefighter for the Village of Gilman. She enjoyed crafting, spending time with her nieces and nephews, and she was an avid Packer fan. Lori was a member of Wesleyan Church in Eau Claire.

Lori is survived by two sisters, Melanie (Samuel Smith) Melgaard of Rice Lake, WI and Jeri (Alan) Opland of Eau Claire; two nieces, Danielle and Chloe; and one nephew, Mason; step-dad, Tim (Ella) Helland of Elk Mound, WI; Uncle Randy and Aunt Yolanda Hoch of Elk Mound, WI; and aunts, uncles, and other relatives.

Lori was preceded in death by her parents; one nephew, Nevin Melgaard; brother-in-law, Kenneth Melgaard; and uncle, Larry Cooksey.

The family would like to encourage guests to wear Packer attire for the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family.

Memorial services will be on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel. Visitation will begin at 12:00 pm up until the time of service at the funeral home on Friday. Burial will follow the service at Oak Grove Cemetery.


  1. Lori had an independent mind and a strong spirit. Her sense of humor was amazing, despite all her troubles. I will miss her.

  2. Lori had found peace in her new home, enjoyed life and the Green Bay Packers. I will miss her jokes and will think of her every time I see a “Slug Bug”

  3. Lori and I talked almost daily, my phone is too quiet without her! One of Lori’s greatest joys was to make this die hard Viking fan make her bed with her Green Bay Packer sheets. Lori moved into a new apartment and was so happy there! She is really missed but never forgotten!

  4. Lori was so friendly and I enjoyed getting to know her at church. We would often chat during the time between services. I am going to miss her ..

  5. Lori was a sweet girl full of love and fun i love her she will be missed she wanted. To come to Ark one day I sure wish she would had made it. Love you Lori.

  6. Lori was a very sweet cousin that I got to meet in Wisconsin, we didn’t get to see each other often because we live so far apart but we love you and will miss you, Lori!!! I remember Thanksgiving so clear that year, we all had lots of love and laughter together!!! Love you, Lori!!

  7. I am in shock and so sad,I had received a call from Lori a few days before this and gave her a ride to shopco,she was a funny good hearted lady and I will miss her but I have faith that we will be reunited some day.my condolences to her family.

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