Shirl Marie Thompson, born on November 11, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois to Charles and Marie Steelman, was received into the arms of her loving, merciful Father in Heaven on September 22, 2018.
Shirl was married on August 20, 1949, to Raymond Edward Thompson, who preceded her in death in 2001. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Roy Steelman and Charles Steelman, and one great grand-daughter, Kirsten Thompson. She is survived by her two sons, Craig (Amy) Thompson and Terry Thompson; by six grandchildren, Laura (Michael) Reese, Anneliese (Nicholas) Welsh, Jonathan (Christine) Thompson, Michael Thompson, Daniel Thompson, and David Thompson; and by four great-grandsons, Aaron Reese, Collin Reese, Craig Truman Thompson, and Dawson Thompson. She is also survived by her sister-in-law/childhood friend Edith Steelman; two nephews, Keith Steelman and Jim (Sandy) Thompson, and a niece, Susan (Michael) Gallup, and their families; and former daughter-in-law LaDora Thompson.
In her younger years, Shirl was a devoted home-maker who loved caring for
and being with her family in Powers Lake, Wisconsin. The Thompsons’ social
life included their many dear friends in the Powers Lake Yacht Club, as the
whole family competed in sailing for many years. Shirl was very athletic, competing in sailing (crewing for her sons) and playing tennis well into her 70s. She liked to read, decorate, and play bridge with friends. She loved her dogs,
and later cats, over the years. Shirl traveled with her husband Ray to Europe, Australia, China, Thailand, Japan, Egypt, and Kenya, and enjoyed cruises and
sailing trips in the Caribbean. Shirl loved being a grandma, and was
“Bamma” to her six grandchildren.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the caring staff of
Silverado Memory Care Center in Brookfield, Wisconsin, where Shirl
lived for nearly five years.
Memorial gifts can be given in her honor to the Alzheimer’s Association.
A Celebration of Shirl Thompson’s life will be held on Friday, November 23, 2018, at 11:00 am at the Evert-Luko Funeral Home, 170 Warren Ave, Hartland, Wisconsin, with a lunch following the service across the street at the American Legion/VFW Hall, 231 Goodwin Ave, Hartland, Wisconsin.
Her ashes will be laid to rest in a private graveside ceremony, next to her
husband in Genoa City, Wisconsin.