Shirley Willert, age 81 of Kadoka, SD, died May 3, 2009, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 8, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Larry Dolezal officiating.
Music will be provided by Boyd Porch, John Kaiser and Carl Bauman. Ushers are Keith Bonenberger and Bob Eckert. Pallbearers are Ryan, Jamie, Nick and Jeff Willert, John and Eric Addison.
Interment will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Shirley Jean Willert was born April 24, 1928, in Chamberlain, SD, the daughter of Otis D. and Edith (Noble) Addison. She grew up and attended Belvidere School for twelve years. After her graduation from Belvidere, she attended National College of Business in Rapid City. After her schooling she worked for American Optical in Mitchell and later at the Personnel Office at Ft. Meade VA Hospital for three years.
Shirley was united in marriage to Oliver Willert on May 26, 1951, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, and to this union two sons were born, Jerry and Jim. After their marriage they lived in many different towns in South Dakota while Oliver was working construction. In 1958, they moved back to Belvidere for the boys to attend school.
While in Belvidere, Shirley served as clerk of the Belvidere School Board, and was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Belvidere for many years. In 1968, they moved to Kadoka, where she was a member of the American Legion Auxilliary, and worked as the Jackson County Deputy Treasurer at different times. She was a also member of the Presbyterian USA of Sioux Falls.
During the past few years, Shirley worked at People's Market in Kadoka, where she seemed to brighten everyone's day as they came in to the store.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Oliver Willert of Kadoka; two sons, Jerry Willert and his wife, Cindy, of Kadoka, and Jim Willert and his wife, Debra, of Belvidere; five grandchildren, Ryan Willert of McIntosh, SD, Jamie Willert and his wife, Christy, of Kadoka, Nicolas Willert and his wife, Rhonda, of Aurora, CO, Jeff Willert of Belvidere, and Helena Kittle of Sioux Falls; two great-granddaughters, Trinity Dawn and Avery Patricia; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Maye Murphy and Lilan Pluta; and two brothers, Chad and Leonard Addison.
Closed-casket visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Kadoka.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Kadoka Ambulance or the Kadoka Nursing Home.
Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com