Shirley Marjorie Buege (nee Beck)

July 31, 1930 - June 13, 2009

Shirley Marjorie Buege (nee Beck), born July 31, 1930, in Richfield, died Saturday, June 13, 2009.

Shirley was blessed to have met a Christian man who is now missing her dearly, Frederick M. Buege. On June 21, 1952, they took their vows before Christ at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.

Shirley and Frederick had two daughters, Christine Buege and Lynn (Patrick) French. She was blessed to become a grandmother (lovingly called Ga) to five grandchildren. Two of the five were added by marriage, Nicole (Brandon) Steenbock, Samuel (Elizabeth) French and Zachary French. Mom was further blessed with two great-grandsons, Athan and Paladin Steenbock. She was very proud of all of them and cherished the time she spent with them.

Shirley was an active member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waukesha. She willingly volunteered to help at the school listening and helping children who had difficulty reading, filling newsletter envelopes and helping decorate the church at Christmastime. She also served as secretary for the Ladies Aid Society at church for more than 30 years, helping serve at several weddings and funerals. For a mission group from church, she also knitted more than 1,800 mittens, hats and socks for families living in Mexico.

Her faith and love for her Savior was strongly rooted in her heart and shown by her actions. She was known to many as "the lady who smiles all the time" and "smiley." One of her favorite times was when the pastor would come to the apartment to have devotion and give them Lordís Supper. As she repeated these devotions to us, you could just hear the peace and comfort it gave her in her voice.

Her last humble prayer to her Savior was made known to her family June 10, 2009. She asked quietly for "no more of this," meaning dialysis and her daily medications.

Without words, Mom was still able to show her appreciation. Her family would like to thank the staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care, and a special thank you to Dr. Omer Afzal, Dr. Bob Schellinger, Dr. Brian Nelson, nurse Linda Trevino and Dr. Harry Gill. They may have Dr. before their names, but we call them family and feel truly blessed to know them.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the 4 p.m. funeral service today, June 16, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 W. Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha. Burial will follow at Pilgrimís Rest Cemetery.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.