Shirley M. Martin

Dec. 3, 1939 - June 16, 2008

Shirley M. Martin, 68, of Medford, died Monday, June 16, 2008, at Medford Memorial Health Center. She was born Dec. 3, 1939, in Waukesha, the daughter of Alvin A. and Jeanette M. (nee Turks) Eichstaldt.

Shirley was a graduate of Mukwonago High School and attended Waukesha Tech in early childhood studies. Her first marriage was to Donald C. Dana, who preceded her in death. Her second marriage was to John H. "Jack" Martin, whom she married in August 1985. He preceded her in death April 15, 1999.

Shirley was a Head Start teacher aide in Waukesha for 10 years. She then was an activity director at the Westmoreland Manor in Waukesha and Park View Care Center in Milwaukee for more than 15 years. Next, she worked at Fleck Control in Milwaukee for eight years. Shirley then moved to the Stetsonville area, where she lived for four years before moving to the City of Medford. She enjoyed playing cards, dancing and the outdoors. Shirley had many, many collections. She also decorated her home for every holiday and season and she invited and opened her doors to everyone. She volunteered at the Holy Rosary Catholic School in Medford and the Senior Citizen Center in Stetsonville. She also delivered Meals on Wheels for a period of time. Shirley was a very generous individual. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Waukesha.

Shirley is survived by her son, Andrew (Sharon) Dana of Granite Canyon, Wyo.; her daughter, Laura (Stacey) Beyer of Medford; her mother, Jeanette M. Eichstaldt of East Troy; granddaughter, Brecca Beyer of Medford; and sister, Sally Novilla of Florida.

She was preceded in death by four sons, three in infancy and Joseph in 1979; her father, Alvin A. Eichstaldt; and a sister, Barbara Nowatske in January 2008.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Thursday, June 19, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford. The Rev. Gerard Willger and Deacon Joseph Stefancin will officiate. A cremainal internment will take place at a later date at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Shirley’s name to Holy Rosary Catholic Church School, 424 W. Cedar St., Medford, WI 54451.

Hemer Funeral Home of Medford, (715) 748-2215, is assisting the family with arrangements.