Shirley A. Pierce

Shirley A. Pierce
Shirley A. Pierce of Zellwood, FL (formerly of Otsego) passed away Thursday, September 24, 2009, at her Michigan home, surrounded by her family, after a brief illness. She was originally from the Otsego/Allegan area but had been living in Zellwood, FL for the past 8 years. Shirley was born August 2, 1936 in Plainwell to Basil and Leora (Robar) Kershaw. As a child she lived in Florida and Michigan. For several years she worked in the banking industry, retiring in 1985 to become a fulltime homemaker and help take care of her grandchildren. Shirley loved to travel and spend time with her family and friends. Her travels took her to Alaska, the Panama Canal, the Caribbean, Aruba, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and most recently in November 2008 she went on a Mediterranean Cruise to Barcelona, Spain. She was a long time member of the Otsego Women of the Moose, where she held several offices. On September 11, 1954, in Plainwell she married her love, William “Bill” Pierce. They had three daughters, Kim Pierce of Sorrento, FL, Denise (Steven) Dedrich of Allegan and Deborah Nutter and special friend, Bob Leonard, of Alamo; 5 grandchildren, Jennifer (Rick) Nolte of Indianapolis, IN, James (Aleesha) Dedrich of Allegan, Ashleigh and Caitlin Nutter of Alamo and Brandi Leonard of Alamo; 2 great-granddaughters, Alivia Dedrich of Allegan and MaKenna Leonard of Alamo; a foreign exchange student from Finland who remains a part of the family, Suvi Lahtela; 2 sisters, Betty (Don) Ahlberg of Gun Lake, Bev (Wendall) Hughes of Apopka, FL; a brother, Sonny (Donna) Kershaw of Orlando, FL; a sister-in-law, Janet (John) Hettinger of Allegan; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding her in death were her husband, Bill Pierce in 2002, her parents and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Howard and Susie Pierce. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where  funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 A.M., Pastor Greg Carlson and the Women of the Moose officiating. Cremation will follow with burial of ashes at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.
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