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Middle School Teacher Will Be Missed

Geoffrey Farnsworth, 40, passed away Friday after a battle with colon cancer.

Whitefish Bay Middle School teacher Geoff Farnsworth may be gone, but the impact he had on students and the community will not be forgotten any time soon.

Farnsworth, a history teacher and coach, died Friday at the age of 40 after a battle with colon cancer, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. He and his wife Kelley had three children: his sons Gavin, 6, and Grady, 4, and a 2-year-old girl named Addison.

The newspaper quoted his wife Kelley as saying she and Geoffrey met during their days at Purdue University. The two were married in 1996, and they relocated to the Milwaukee-area in 1998.

Geoff took a job in Whitefish Bay schools, coaching cross country and other sports. As a history teacher, he also led the annual Opet Festival, which teaches students about the ancient harvest for Egyptian studies. He was diagnosed with cancer in May 2010.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Feerick Funeral Home, 2025 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood.

Visitation will continue at 10 a.m. Thursday at Elmbrook Church, 777 S. Barker Road, Brookfield, followed by a service at 11 a.m.

Memorials in Geoff's name can be made to Habitat for Humanity, 2233 N. 30 St., Milwaukee, WI 53208, Milwaukee Rescue Mission, 830 N. 19 St., Milwaukee, WI 53233, or American Cancer Society , P.O. Box 902, Pewaukee, WI 53072.

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