Shirley M. Gormley

Shirley M. Gormley, 89, of Amherst, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Stevens Point. She was born on Jan. 27, 1930, in Wittenberg, daughter of Albert and Eunice (Johnson) Olsen.

In her early years, Shirley worked as a machinist for two different companies, but most notably she was a devoted mother and grandmother to her family. Her first marriage was to Arthur Schaar on Oct. 1, 1949, and they later divorced. On Sept. 21, 1974, Shirley married Phillip Gormley in Genoa, Illinois, and together they shared 37 years of marriage before his passing on Jan. 9, 2012.

She enjoyed fishing, skiing, rosemaling and traveling with Phil through the years. Shirley will be dearly missed by all of her loving family and friends.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Con) Deering, of Vernon Hills, Illinois; a son-in-law, Albert Ryczek, of Amherst; two grandchildren, Ryan (Marcy) Peterson, of Amherst, and Megan (fiancé, Jonny) Deering, of Vernon Hills, Illinois; a great-grandson, Westin Deering, of Vernon Hills, Illinois; two sisters, Phyllis Shatters, of Amherst, and Jane Wahl, of Amherst; one brother, Dick (Ruthie) Olsen, of Wittenberg; a stepdaughter, Tammy (Sam) Cavarretta, and their two sons, Zach and Nicholas, of Carbondale, Illinois; and a sister-in-law, Jean Merritt, of Arizona. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Eunice Olsen; her first husband, Arthur Schaar; her second husband, Phillip Gormley; a daughter, Carol Ryczek; a son-in-law, Tom Peterson; and two brothers-in-law, Donald Shatters and Richard Wahl.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Nelsonville Lutheran Church in Nelsonville. The Rev. Dwight Anderson will officiate. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Burial will take place at a later date at Nelsonville Lutheran Cemetery in the town of New Hope.

The Jungers-Holly Funeral Home of Amherst is assisting the family with arrangements.

A special thank you to the staff at Atrium Post Acute Care in Stevens Point and to the many friends and family that visited Shirley through the years. The special care she received will never be forgotten.

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