Shirley, Age 93, passed away peacefully and was called to her eternal home on Tuesday, January 17th after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Shirley was born on September 18, 1929 to the late John and Anna Knopp in Bay City, Michigan. Shirley was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Shirley could NEVER spend too much time with her family and loved traveling to see family and friends.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Roland “Rollie” Schutt, her daughter Barbara (Dennis) Ross, and her siblings Marion (Pete) Martens and John (Gretchen) Knopp. Shirley is survived by her children: David (Carolina) Schutt, Debra Pierre, Jeffrey (Pia) Schutt, Susan (James) Marriott, her grandchildren: Melissa Pierre, Adam (Mindy) Pierre, Christopher (Janelle) Ross, Jennifer (Anthony) Otero, Kristen (Ewan) Niven, Hanna (Kevin) Coughlin, Michael (Erin) Schutt, Steven Schutt, Thomas (Whitney) Schutt, Marvin Marriott, and Maxwell Marriott and 10 great grandchildren: Jacob Ross, Aydan Otero, James Niven, Caspian Niven, Chase Pagel, Madyson Lloyd, Caleb Pierre, Keegan Demuth, Stella Schutt, and Mason Schutt. Shirley also had a special place in her heart for her dog, Poco and her many grand dogs. Nothing would bring a smile to her face quicker than dog kisses or when they all seemed to find their resting spot on top of her feet. When not with family, Shirley was a devoted member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church participating in worship, Altar Guild, Ladies Aid, and with her husband, actively supporting the growth of the congregation. Even when Alzheimer’s robbed her of so many memories, she remembered the words of the Lord’s Prayer and the lyrics and melody of many beloved hymns up to her final days. Shirley loved to sing and would light up when music played.
A special thank you to Jason Schmitz, the staff at Heartwood Homes, and Kayla Beyer with AseraCare. We are so grateful for your compassion, kindness and care of our mother throughout her illness.
The Christian Funeral Service for Shirley will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 23, 2023 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, located at 930 E. Florida in Appleton. Visitation will take place directly at the church on Monday morning from 9:30 AM until the time of the service. Shirley will be placed at rest next to her husband at Highland Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 930 East Florida Avenue, Appleton, Wisconsin 54911, or to Journey21, Inc., 2727 North Grandview Blvd., Suite 301, Waukesha, WI 53188, which is a nonprofit co-founded by Shirley’s daughter, Susan for the sole purpose of providing safe, supportive, and enriching living and learning options for adults living with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Locate Journey21 easily by navigating to Ways to Give — Journey21