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Shirley M. Perschon

May 21, 1932 ~ October 3, 2021 (age 89)


Our beloved mother, Shirley Mae Perschon (nee Stade) was lifted up by the angels to her heavenly home on October 3, 2021. She was born on May 21, 1932 at home in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a daughter of Milton and Marie Stade. She grew up on a dairy farm and was the oldest of three children.


Shirley married Ferdinand Perschon on October 9, 1954. Together they raised three children. Shirley was a devoted wife and mother. She was a great cook. She loved baking, sewing, fishing, reading, traveling and visiting. Mom always had beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. She enjoyed canning her produce and selling to her customers throughout the years. Mom worked with dad building their retirement home on Puckaway Lake. They moved from Illinois to their house on Puckaway Lake when they retired. Her faith was very important to her. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Princeton and its Ladies Aid Club.


Those Shirley leaves behind to cherish her memory include her 3 children, Theresa (John) Beck, Shelley (Jeff) Schwechel, Joseph (Linda) Perschon; 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Janet Engelking, Diane (Gerald) Hartwig; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ferdinand Perschon; her parents, Milton and Marie Stade; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Ursula Perschon; brother-in-law, Richard Engelking; daughter-in-law, Liz; a niece and nephew.


A private family graveside service officiated by Pastor John Stelter of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Princeton will be held at the Memory Hill Cemetery in Princeton. Please visit our website to send a condolence or to share a memory of Shirley with her family.


We remember her with this passage: Your mom is always with you. She is the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick, the fragrance of life itself. She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well, she’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of the rainbow, she is Christmas morning. Your mother lives inside your laughter. She’s the place you came from, your first home and the map you follow with every step you take. She’s your first love, your first friend, your first battle, but nothing on Earth can separate you. Not time, not space, not even death…


The family of Shirley Perschon would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Cottages who provided Mom with such compassionate care. Your care has been a blessing. Thank you for helping Mom in her courageous battle against Alzheimer’s.


Wachholz and Sons Funeral Home

Sunset Cremation Center in Princeton

Serving the Family, 920-295-6631

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