REPUBLIC, Mich. - Shirley E. Vierela, age 83, passed away on Monday, August 20, 2012, at the Mather Nursing Center with her loving husband by her side. She had been under the care of the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice.
Shirley was born October 28, 1928, in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of the late Adam and Leona (Service) Nyman. She grew up in Milwaukee until age 16 when her family moved to Republic for work. It is in Republic that she met Vernon Vierela, whom she married on January 6, 1947. Together they raised their family, Shirley working in the summer months as a waitress in Montana, while Vernon worked in the woods from 1956-1971. They would then come back to Republic for the winter months.
Shirley had managed the Past Time Lanes in Republic from 1962-1967. She was an avid bowler, sporting an above 180 average in her prime. In the late 1970s through the early 1980s she managed the Shell station in South Republic. She was an avid Detroit Tigers and Green Bay Packers fan. Shirley had also enjoyed gardening.
Shirley E. Vierela
Survivors include her husband, Vernon Vierela of Ishpeming Township; 2 sons, James Vierela of Ishpeming and John (Donna) Vierela of Milwaukee, Wis.; a sister, Joanne Brown of Port Washington, Wis.; a brother, Richard Nyman of Milwaukee, Wis.; 3 grandchildren, Jennifer, Robert and Austin Vierela, along with a great-grandson, Devin. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, and a sister Betty Anderson.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 24, 2012, at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. on Friday at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home with Andy Kandoll to officiate.
Shirley's obituary may also be viewed at www.bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.