Shirley Yermasek Barfield


Shirley Yermasek Barfield, beloved mother, loving wife and grandmother, passed away April 24, 2013. She joined her husband Mott, whom she missed for 27 years.

Shirley grew up in Cicero, IIl., the devoted daughter of Libby and William Yermasek. Her Bohemian heritage was a proud legacy of her life.

After graduation from Illinois State Normal, she taught physical education and met Mott Barfield, the love of her life, in Davenport, Iowa.

They moved to Cedarburg in 1951 and built a home on Cedar Creek where she lived until seven years ago, and raised a family of two daughters. Shirley and Mott were active residents for 30 years. Blessed with many good longtime friends, they enjoyed the special home-town feel of the “Burg.”

She was president of the Junior Woman’s Club, taught physical education at Webster Middle School and cheered her daughters at high school activities and AAU swim competitions. Her love of travel led to a job as a travel agent and many round-the-world experiences.

Shirley's devotion to family kept her busy, visiting the many naval duty stations of son-in-law, Mark Hetzer; daughter, Candy; and granddaughters, Nicole, 31, and Heather (Daniel Harrington) 28. Shirley used many frequent flyer miles. Road trips to Elgin to see daughter, Melissa; son-in-law, Steve White; and grandson, Greg; kept her “cruisin” for many years. Shirley moved to Elgin in 2006 and loved being close to the White family. Her love of life, skill in playing bridge and feisty spirit made her a special resident of the Green’s retirement community.

T he love of family, friends, travel and dancing to big band music define the life of a loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Special thanks to the staff and residents of the The Greens Retirement Community who encouraged and enjoyed her in later years.

A memorial interment service will be held at St Christopher’s Episcopal Church in River Hills at 10 a.m. Friday, May 24.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the COTA fund for grandson Greg.

Please join us to celebrate her life in bright clothes and joy as she dances in heaven with Mott to the sound of Big Band under the greatest Conductor of them all.