Shirley Eleanor Gourlie (nee Tremaine)

Dec. 13, 1924 – June 22, 2013

Shirley Eleanor Gourlie (nee Tremaine), 88, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, in St. Paul, Minn. She was born Dec. 13, 1924, to Earl and Isabel Tremaine.

She was a loving mother, adoring grandmother, special sister and aunt and beloved teacher. Shirley graduated from Whitewater Teacher’s College and embarked on 42 years of teaching, a true calling for her. Shirley’s warmth and enthusiasm made her a teacher that many remembered as their favorite. She taught in one-room schoolhouses in Pennsylvania Street, Monterey and Mapleton schools before joining the Oconomowoc school system. She then taught at the Brown Street School and ended her career teaching at the Ashippun School.

In 1949, she married John Gourlie, her partner and love in life, farming and raising their son, Jay. Shirley’s positive outlook and embracing spirit endeared her to many. She will be missed.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; John, her husband; and two sisters, Francis and Lois.

She is survived by her son, Jay (Barb); grandchildren, Justin (Patrick) and Keegan (Nathan); brother, Dale Tremaine (Jane); and a sister, Ruth Esser (Bob).

Visitation and service will be Saturday, June 29, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Alderly. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by an Episcopal Mass at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the church cemetery following the service.

Memorials are preferred to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit