Shirley (Herfel) Riley

Shirley (Herfel) Riley

Shirley A. Riley, age 82, died on Saturday, Nov. 11th, 2017, at Noel Manor in Verona, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Aug. 27th 1935, to Horace and Lillian (Mellenberger) Herfel. She married Russell G. Riley on June 26, 1954, at Salem United Church of Christ, Verona. She started working on “the family farm” in Verona where she grew up and graduated from Verona High School. She later worked at the local A&W and also worked for over 50 school years for the Verona Area School District as the head cook. Shirley enjoyed dancing to polka and waltz music, playing euchre, gambling, bowling, getting her hair done every Friday, and spending time in her garden. Shirley’s children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were the center of her life. Shirley did not miss a chance to be a big part of their lives; babysitting, birthday parties, going to school and sporting events, and even taking time to watch a local stock car race or two. She was a loving, never-ending presence in their lives. The love was reciprocal, and lasted until the day she died.

She is survived by her two sons, Russell (Bonnie) and Scott (Jill); many grandchildren, Stacey Hollis, Kandy Benson, Shelby Riley, Robert Riley(Megan), Jessica (Robert) Hansberry, Jenna and Joe Riley; six great-grandchildren, Jaylynn, Quintin, Karson, Riley, Allie, and Jaxon; two brothers, Curt (Debbie) Herfel, Ray Herfel; brother in-law, Leroy Hefty and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Russell; her oldest son, Shelby; her parents, Horace (Lillian) Herfel, in-laws,Earl(Valera) Riley, her oldest brother and sister in-law Jerry(Yvonne) Herfel; and sister in-law, Annie Hefty.

. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at Noel Manor and Agrace for their exceptional care, support and kindness.

Funeral Services will be held at 11a.m. on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 at Salem United Church of Christ, 502 Mark Drive, Verona, WI, with Rev. Dr. Mark Yurs officiating. Burial will follow at Verona Cemetery.Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November, 15th, 2017 at Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home, Verona, 220 Enterprise Dr. Verona, WI, and again on Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. “Shirley, we love you to the moon and back and will always remember your love and kind will for all of us. With love always, your family and friends.”