Shirley M. Pierson

March 17, 1935 Aug. 22, 2013

Shirley M. Pierson, 78, of Palmyra, died Thursday morning, Aug. 22, 2013, at Fort Memorial Hospital in Fort Atkinson.

The former Shirley Mae Gulla was born March 17, 1935, in Waukesha, the daughter of the late Harold and Christina Ovidia Rogstad Gulla. Shirley lived in Genesee Depot before moving to Palmyra.

She formerly worked as a bookkeeper in the banking industry. She enjoyed gardening, going to plays and musicals and loved listening to Dixieland jazz music. She also was involved in the Waukesha Parks & Recreation activities.

Shirley is survived by two children, William Pierson of Palmyra and Suzanne Carstens of Nekoosa; three grandchildren, Codi Carstens, Carly Luebke and Jessica Pierson; one sister, Marilyn Schmalz of Wisconsin; and one brother, Harold (June) Gulla of Deland, Fla.

Private family services will be held.

Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory of Palmyra is assisting the family, 495-2127. For the online guest registry, please go to