Michelle A. ‘Shelly’ Beaver
Oct. 11, 1969 – June 16, 2012
Our hearts were broken Saturday, June 16, 2012, as Shelly Beaver, 42, beloved daughter, sister, wife and mother, left behind the bonds of her earthly body to find her place in heaven. Shelly, who resided in Waukesha, was born on Oct. 11, 1969, in Fond du Lac, the first born daughter of June and Richard Bahr.
She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac. A graduate of L.P Goodrich High School, she also attended UW-Fond du Lac. At 15, she began her working career first working for and then as a manager of the FDL and Oconomowoc Hardees. She then was employed by the Bank of New York in client services for many years before taking her most recent position at WellPoint, where she was a data analyst supervisor.
After many years together, she married the man who put the sparkle in her eye, Andy Beaver, in Waukesha. Her greatest joy was giving birth to twin boys, Zachary Colin and Tyler Anthony, 10 years ago. They brought her such pride and more happiness than could be imagined. She was always there at every school event and every sporting activity the twins participated in, always encouraging them to do their best. She was everything a loving mom was supposed to be in every way.
Shelly is survived by her parents, June and Richard Bahr; husband, Andy; sons, Zac and Ty; her sister, Melissa Bahr and son, Ethan, of Oshkosh; motherin-law, Ginny Beaver of Milwaukee; father-in-law, Pete Beaver and wife, Phyllis, of Burlington; aunt, Joy and Steve Fisher of Plymouth, and their family, Kaylie, Cody and Chloe; sister-inlaw, Amanda Walechka and her husband David of Waterford; brother-in-law, Todd and Cindy of Eagle, and their children, Samantha, Rachel and Nathan; and brother-in-law, Jay of Milwaukee. She also leaves behind her tortie cat, Cleo, who is bewildered by her sudden absence.
Preceding her in death in were her grandparents, Edythe (Great E) and Melvin Ollerman of Fond du Lac.
For 10 long years, Shelly heroically fought cancer without a complaint. She suffered through many surgeries and numerous treatments. She was the bravest and most remarkable woman and her passing leaves an enormous empty part in our hearts. She was always unselfish, generous, loving, patient and incredibly brave. We are assured Shelly is in heaven and was welcomed by Great E, who passed last August, and her pets Gizmo and Misha. In typical Shelly fashion, she worked right up to the day prior to her death and her family is greatly relieved her passing was quick and without prolonged suffering.
A special thank you to the Waukesha Ambulance staff, ER and ICU staff of Waukesha Memorial Hospital, RT staff, nurses, Alicia and Regina, the ICU physician, as well as her oncology staff, surgeon and interventional radiology physicians. Their caring and thoughtfulness during Shelly’s long journey of treatment and at Shelly’s passing was much appreciated.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Friday, June 22, followed by service at 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha. Private interment will be at Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha.
In lieu of flowers, memorials directed to Zachary and Tyler Beaver’s accounts at Landmark Credit Union, Waukesha, would be greatly appreciated by the family.