Esther A. Shirley

Esther A. Shirley, nee Wickert, 85, of West Bend, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007 at SynergyHealth St. Joseph’s Hospital, town of Polk.

She was born on Aug. 24, 1921 on the homestead farm on Little Cedar Lake to the late Frank and Ida (nee Hetzel) Wickert, and was united in marriage to Aubrey "Bammie" Shir-ley on Dec. 4, 1948 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in West Bend.

Esther worked in housekeeping at West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. for many years until retiring in 1987.

She was an active member of Pilgrim Ev. Lutheran Church in West Bend, serving on the Altar Guild, Ladies Guild and as a Sunday school teacher.

She was also active with the meals on wheels program.

Esther enjoyed playing cards, making different craft items for her family and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Esther is survived by her four loving children, Frederick (Janean) Shirley of Vicksburg, Miss., Pearl Houts of Pell Lake, Brad (Laurie) Shirley of Kewas-kum and Gregory Shirley of Mil-waukee; seven grandchildren, Amanda and Jill Shirley, Eliza-beth Grant, Thom Jr., Tony, and Timmy Houts, and Austin Baye Shirley; two great-grandchildren, Zachary and Christian Grant; a sister-in-law, Juanita Shirles of Shefield, Ala.; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband "Bammie" in 1989; an infant daughter; five sisters and one brother.

Funeral services to remember Esther will be held on Friday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. at Pilgrim Ev. Lutheran Church, 462 Meadowbrook Drive, West Bend.

Rev. Joseph Fisher will officiate and burial will follow in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend.

Visitation will be on Friday at the church only from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorials to Pilgrim Church or the Alice and Elmore Kraemer Cancer Center are appreciated.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service, West Bend, is assisting the family.

Online guest book and condolences may be found at

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mosley, Dr. Soneson, Dr. Arshad and their staff for the loving care extended to Esther.