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Candace Ellen Zahn-Cain


Candace Ellen Zahn-Cain passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 near Rainbow Falls, Mich., an area that was very special to her and loved ones. 

Candace was born and raised in Chicago, along with her sister Lynn, to parents Rosalin Zahn and Charles Cain. Early on she was a lifeguard, swimming instructor, and part of the synchronized swimming group. She also developed an early love of music, playing piano and singing in the choir. 

Candace became a nurse soon after high school and began working in the Chicago area. While living there she married David Boustead and they moved up to Minocqua and built a log cabin on Lake Shishebogama. She quickly became part of the community, working in labor and delivery at Howard Young Medical Center, teaching prenatal classes, and also working in public health in the Lac du Flambeau community. 

Candace and David had two sons, Zack and Erick Boustead, and together they helped form the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which began meeting at the house of beloved friends, Irma and Paul Braunstein.  

After Candace and David divorced she moved to Woodruff where she provided a loving home for her sons and their friends to develop creatively through music. She also played a large role in supporting her sons and their friends in grieving the loss of their great friend Cody James Frisch, as well as building The Lakeland Area Skate Park. 

During this time and well after her sons moved away, she supported and advocated for countless young people as the school nurse at Lakeland Union High School, where she also built many lifelong friendships. 

After retiring she continued building community through holistic healing, spirituality groups, and service activities through the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She also spent summers nursing at various camps in the Northwoods and worked in hospice for a short while. 

Along with these activities, she loved kayaking, cross country skiing, hiking, and going to concerts with friends.

Candace has been described as kind, warm, generous, selfless, a healer, a beautiful soul, a rock for others, and also a fighter. Throughout her life she struggled with recurring mental health challenges that increasingly hindered her ability to be well. Up until the end of her life on earth, however, she remained focused on loving and accepting others with an open heart and expressing gratitude for every moment she had with friends and family. 

She is survived by sons Zack and Erick Boustead, their partners Loretta Herning and Nadia Mohamed, sister Lynn Cain and brother in-law Michael Forsyth, and cat Gracie. 

The Celebration of Life will begin this Saturday at 1 p.m. at The Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8625 Peggys Ln, Woodruff, WI 54568

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted for the "Nurse Candace Fund," which will support young people, primarily women, going through reproductive and mental health crises. 

Checks can be made out to Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship with Candace in the memo, and mailed to the Fellowship at P.O. Box 1881, Woodruff, WI 54568. 

Her family would like to thank her various communities for the outpouring of love and sharing of stories as Candace continues her journey.

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