Shirley was born Sept. 28, 1927 in Wisconsin Rapids to Floyd and Mary (Powers) Lutz. She married Dick Gerzmehle in August, 1947 in Wisconsin Rapids. He died May 3, 1998. Shirley was a meter attendant for the City of Wisconsin Rapids for many years retiring in 1979. Shirley was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW Auxiliary and the Eagles Club.
Shirley is survived by three children, Mary (Gerald) Pieper, Caledonia, Minn.; Steve (Tammy) Gerzmehle, Wisconsin Rapids, and Kathy (Tom) Hanneman, Wisconsin Rapids; two brothers, Thomas Lutz and Jerry (Lois) Lutz both of the State of Oregon; nine grandchildren, Richard Gerzmehle, Heather Utecht, DeAnna McCabe, Matt Pieper, William “B.J.” Wagner, Jenna Hanneman, Ben Gerzmehle, Zach Gerzmehle and Steph Gerzmehle and five great-grandchildren, Morgan, Mitchell, Maddison, Nathan, Jayda and Jacob.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dick; son, Jim “Griz” Gerzmehle and daughter, Jean Utecht.
Funeral Services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. Bill Beaton officiated. Visitation was at Ritchay Funeral Home from 4 to7 p.m. Monday, and Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. Entombment took place at Forest Hill Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be designated to Our Fathers Table at the Faith Reformed Church in Wisconsin Rapids.