MIDDLETON/GREEN BAY- Shirley M. Schunk, age 87, passed away peacefully at Agrace HospiceCare on Sunday, December 16,2012. Born on November 17, 1925, in Trenton Missouri, Shirley was raised by her mother, Frieda Hoppe and step father, Phil Haevers.
After graduation from East High School, Shirley joined the Women’s Army Corps during World War II in order to become a nurse. The war ended before she graduated. She then enrolled in the Bellin School of Nursing in Green Bay and received her psychiatric training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. Upon graduation, she worked at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay. Throughout her 42 year career in nursing she worked in a variety of settings including, as an industrial nurse, a Visiting Nurse, in a nursing home, and as a clinical nurse. Following her retirement from nursing in 1991, Shirley moved to Middleton and became a caseworker for the Middleton Senior Center where she continued to work as a volunteer following her retirement from that position. Her motto was, “If you rest, you rust!” She also volunteered in many capacities at St. Luke’s Church and at Sauk Trail School in Middleton. She served for many years on the board for the Dane County Committee on Aging. She loved all of her family but especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren and visiting with friends. Shirley enjoyed sewing, volunteering, reading, gardening and traveling. Shirley traveled throughout the United States and parts of Europe with her family.
She is the beloved mother of Anita (Paul) Helbach of Brule, Linda Schultz of Paoli, and Steve Schunk of Black Earth. She is the proud grandma to, Joshua, Zachary (Mandi), Adam (Marie), Emily and Abbigail. She is the special “GG” to Ella, Tevin, Solomon and Izaac. Those babies could do no wrong in her eyes. Survivors further include her brother, Al (Dolly) Drier of DePere; and step-sisters, Florence McNally of Green Bay and Armella Tilot also of Green Bay.
She was preceded in death by her Mother, Frieda; Step-father Phil Haevers; step-sister Frances; and step-brother, Ferd.
Funeral services will be held at ST LUKE’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7337 Hubbard Ave., Middleton at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 with Rev. Roger Eigenfeld presiding. Visitation will be held at church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday. A luncheon will immediately follow the service.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the staffs of UW Hospital, Walnut Grove Assisted Living and Agrace HospiceCare. They would like to especially thank Dr. Barbara Stowe Carpenter for her care of Shirley over the years.
There will not be a day that passes, that we don’t think of you and miss you. We love you…
Visitation will be held at church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday.
Funeral services will be held at ST LUKE’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7337 Hubbard Ave., Middleton at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 with Rev. Roger Eigenfeld presiding.
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