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Shirley A. Buskirk

Shirley passed Tuesday, November 29, 2022, surrounded by her loving family in Martin.

She was born April 4, 1936 in Plainwell, the daughter of Russell and Florence (Knight) Curry. Shirley stayed at home and raised her family and when her children were old enough she began working as the manager at the Carriage Stop Restaurant in Martin for many years.

As a young woman she enjoyed bowling on area leagues and playing softball. Shirley loved attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sporting events, flower gardening and doing puzzles. Shirley liked sitting on the front porch of her cottage on Gun Lake or on the back seat of the pontoon boat.

She was a member of the Red Hat Society and volunteered at the Martin Food Pantry for more than 10 years. On October 19, 1956 in Otsego she married Dale Buskirk who passed away in 2013.

Surviving are her children, Randy Buskirk, Michael (Linda) Buskirk and Lisa (Mark) Brooks; 8 grandchildren, Brandi, Michelle, Jessica, Justin, Wesley, Travis, Megan and Tiffany; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Jack Curry and several sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers, Russ, Jerry, Bob and Larry.

Friends may visit with Shirley’s family starting at 1:00 P.M., Friday, December 2, 2022 at the Martin United Methodist Church, until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 P.M., with Pastor Dan Beyer officiating.

Burial will follow at South Martin Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to the Martin Food Pantry.

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November 29, 2022 at 5:07 pm

I am so sad to read this. Shirley has been a role model in my life. I have and will miss her!

My sympathy to her family…

Pat Hoekstra and Albert


Sharon Kleeves

November 29, 2022 at 5:39 pm

Sending my condolences so sorry for your loss


Tammy Thompson Drake

November 29, 2022 at 6:03 pm

Beautiful Shirley you will be missed, I loved our time back in the day much fun you trying to keep us girls in line.. I’ll miss your beautiful smile too. God bless all and my prayers are with you all!!


Tom and vonnie hildebrabd

November 29, 2022 at 6:21 pm

She will be missed. We used to spend Sunday afternoons at the lake with her and Dale. They made us feel so welcome and our kids thought of them as second grandparents. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We loved you Shirley

Tom and vonnie hildebrand


Bill Standish

November 30, 2022 at 9:35 am

DEAR MARK & LISA & FAMILY; So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you at this trying time,


Bob & Pat G innell

November 30, 2022 at 9:58 am

As a neighbor of Shirley, she will be sadly missed.. The long conversations we enjoyed , discussing the great strides involving our grand children, always in a mellow voice. The weed less flowers and watering of her many flowers, always done with care.

Our sincerest condolences to her family..


Ellyn (Meeter) Deneau

December 1, 2022 at 2:27 pm

Shirley Buskirk was such a wonderful woman, Wife, Mom, Grandmother and friend. I lost touch with her over the years but was always so happy to see her when our paths crossed. My Heart is sad that I won’t have those moments anymore. To her family I can only say, She loved you all so very much. You were her treasure. She was my boss for years, but also my friend.

My Prayers and condolences are with her entire family, as they navigate life without this beautiful lady.


Pat Miner

December 1, 2022 at 4:48 pm

I just received this obituary of Shirley, I wish to give her family all the sympathy in the world. She was a kind, loving person.


Ronda Kelly

December 2, 2022 at 8:12 am

Just seeing this breaks my heart. Condolences to the family.

It was a pleasure working with her at the Martin United Methodist Church Food Pantry and we really appreciated her service for so many years.

Prayers to Randy, Mike, Lisa and families. May you find peace in knowing that she’s at peace and in the most beautiful place imaginable!


Dawn Watson Brown

December 2, 2022 at 6:09 pm

Lisa and Mark,

So sorry for your loss, keeping you and your family in our prayers.

Dawn and Kevin


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