Shirley Jean Wiese,
Dec. 21, 1932 — April 8, 2017
Shirley Jean Wiese (nee Becklund) passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on April 8, 2017, at the feisty age of 84.
Shirley was born Dec. 21, 1932, to Clarence and Caroline Becklund in Milwaukee. Shirley graduated from North Division High School on June 12, 1952. On June 21, 1952, she married Paul R. Wiese at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. Shirley was a clerk at Krambo Food Store in Milwaukee, where Paul was her boss. Shirley later worked for Sears, at Bayshore and Northridge shopping centers, retiring after 25 years.
Squirrely Shirley and Paul spent 64 wonderful, active years together, camping, traveling, boating, snowmobiling, gambling, playing bingo, cards and dice. They were members at River Bend Resort in Watertown for 47 years. In spring 2016, Shirley and Paul moved to West Bend, to be closer to their family.
She taught Sunday school at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, and was a Girl Scout leader for her daughters’ troop. Shirley also volunteered with the West Bend Children’s Theatre and Cool Breeze Helping Hands Horse Rescue. Shirley was a long-standing member of the Eastern Star.
Shirley was an amazing woman full of love and humor. She lived life to the fullest and left us saying, "Remember when…" She is survived by her honey bear and the love of her life, Paul R. Wiese; daughter, Donna
(Peter) Hesprich; son-in-law, Bill (Jackie) Vandenberg; proud grandmother of Matt (Jessica) Seiser, Anthony (Katie), Aaron (Kelly) Seiser, Jon (Jamie) Zautner, Valerie Vandenberg, Claire (Rob) Braby and Katy (Jake) Smith; many cherished great- and great-great-grandchildren; "little" sister, Karen (Ron) Kuehn; brother-in-law, Vernon Wiese, and sister-in-law, Edna Wiese; special friends, Grant and Christa, Ed and Karen, and Jim and Kay; many four-legged grand-pets; and other friends and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Caroline Potzner and Clarence Becklund; in-laws, Tracy and Esther Wiese; daughter, Sandy Vandenberg; brothers- in-law, Don (Ruth), Carl and Lenard (Verla) & (Murial)) Wiese; and sister-in-law, Bev Wiese.
A memorial service will be at noon Saturday, April 29, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend (1420 W. Paradise Drive) with the Rev. Robert Korytkowski presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service (noon).
Thank you to Dr. Eric Olafsson, Meghan Doll, NP, care givers at The Kathy Hospice and the staff at The Fields and Samaritan.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 orwww.phillipfuneralhome.com.