Shirley was born on August 14, 1930 in Belle Plaine as the daughter of the late Walter and Elsie (Rehe) Schultz. She grew up on Long Lake and attended Shawano High School. On September 14, 1948, Shirley was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Schertz at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bear Creek. The couple operated a dairy farm in the Town of Bear Creek and as a young woman, Shirley was employed at the Hanson Glove Factory in Clintonville for a few years. The couple sold their cows in the late 1980s and continued cash cropping for many years afterward. Shirley then established a self-pick garden and enjoyed sharing her produce with all of her customers. She was a member of the Bear Creek Lion’s Club, a sewing leader for Bell Corners 4-H Club, and enjoyed her many friendships forged through her local homemakers club. Shirley also liked taking bus trips with her friends and car rides with Bob. She loved caring for her many dogs over the years, and watching the deer, birds, and other wildlife. Shirley also liked painting and working on crafts in her spare time.
Survivors include: her husband, Robert “Bob” Schertz; a daughter, Kathy (Bob) Bruss, Shawano; sons: David (Mary) Schertz, Bear Creek; Dan (Marsha) Schertz, Clintonville; Duane (Brenda) Schertz, Clintonville; Larry (Gail) Schertz, Clintonville; Randy (Sandy) Schertz, Parma, ID; and Bruce (Deanna) Schertz, Schofield; grandchildren: Tammy (Marty) Jacoby, Kris (Greg) Kriewaldt, Todd (Fran) Bruss, Brian (Dede) Bruss, Allison (Brad) Clark, Jesse (Maria) Schertz, Mindy (Tim) Heiman, Kolby (Katy) Schertz, Scott (Kristi) Schertz, Brooke Schertz, Robbie Schertz, Evan Schertz, Brodey Schertz, Kyle Oertel, and Nicci Oertel; great-grandchildren: Trevor, Britany, Brandon, Jaelyn, Kaden, Sara, Nick, Taylin, Cade, Brantley, Lilliana, Mara, Owen, Bryton, Jon, Zeke, Cece, Brodie, Westin, Harrison, Elaina, and a baby great-granddaughter on the way; also a baby great-great-granddaughter on the way; and her sister, Joyce (Jim) Schertz, Clintonville. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Traci Bruss, and brothers, Al Schultz and Elly Schultz.
Shirley’s memorial service will be held Monday, July 10, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Clintonville with Rev. Vilas Mazemke officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 3 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials for Shirley would be appreciated for the Waupaca County Humane Society. An online guestbook can be found at www.eberhardtstevenson.com
Shirley’s family would like to thank Kay as well as the staff at Atrium Maple Lane and Heartland Hospice for the excellent care she received.