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Kretchmar, Shirley Jane (Wallin)

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September 7, 1936 - March 7, 2017

Kretchmar, Shirley Jane (Wallin)

Shirley Jane (Wallin) Kretchmar

With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to our beloved wife, mother, and grandmother who went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 after fighting several battles with cancer.

Shirley was born to Florence E. (Wallin) Johnson and Eric R. Wallin on September 7th, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Jeanne and brother Glenn.

She is survived by her loving husband Phil, with whom she shared 62 wonderful years of marriage; her three children and their spouses, Phillip G. Kretchmar (Rochelle), Kirsten Hasfjord (Joel), Beth D’Alfonso (partner Chriss), and son-in-law Robert; seven grandchildren, Jameson, Aubree, Anna, Grant, Brooke, Katarina, and Glenn; three sisters, Elaine, Diane and Joanne; several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Shirley was a fun loving person who loved to laugh and enjoyed the simple things in life. She loved being with her friends, family, and especially her grandchildren, who knew her as Mimi. She was an avid reader who enjoyed sewing, cross-stitching, and gardening. She was a member of Faith United Presbyterian Church and enjoyed being a member of the Women’s Circle. She took pride in her Swedish heritage, as seen in the collections and keepsakes in her home.

Shirley deeply inspired those around her because of her strong Christian values, her unwavering strength, and her kind generosity. She will be dearly missed.

We invite family and friends to join us at Faith United Presbyterian Church, 12717 Marsh Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234 to celebrate her life on Sunday March 12th, at 3pm.

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Linda Morgan

March 17, 2017 9:58PM

I am so sorry for the family and friends of Shirley 's. I had the privilege to work with and know Shirley. She was such a special person and will be missed greatly. It was obvious that the Lord shined through her sweet smile and kind spirit. I am thankful to have called her friend.

Linda Morgan

March 17, 2017 9:39PM

I am so sorry for the family and friends of Shirley 's. I was so privileged to have known Shirley and thankful to be able to call her friend. I worked with her for a few years and often ran into her at The Great Indoors and various places. She was such a special lady. It was obvious the Lord shined through her. I will truly miss her.

Loretta Stinnett

March 12, 2017 8:51AM

My condolences to Shirley's family. She was a very special lady. I worked with her for many years and I will always remember her kind smile.

Tommy L. Reaves

March 11, 2017 7:55PM

What special friends Shirley and Phil have been to us. Will miss our monthly dinner engagements. We are thankful Shirley is no longer suffering.

Sharon Gay Schoumacher

March 11, 2017 6:20PM

My sympathy and condolences to Shirley's family. She was a close friend in high school and I was pleased to be a bridesmaid at her wedding to Phil. She will be missed.

Charles Wimack

March 11, 2017 6:03PM

God bless Shirley
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Tommy L. Reaves

March 11, 2017 1:15PM

How sorry we are that our dining partner is not with us any more. Shirley, we had great times together and for that we are thankful. We are thankful that you are no longer suffering. Tommy and Bertie

Tommy L. Reaves

March 11, 2017 1:09PM

How sorry we are that our dining out partner will not be with us each month. Shirley, we enjoyed our times together so very much. We give thanks you are no longer suffering.
Tommy & Bertie

Art & Michelle Cline

March 11, 2017 8:55AM

Shirley was one of the best Mother-in-laws my Sister ever had. Extended family loved her & she will be greatly missed. We know now she is free of pain and at rest with our Heavenly Father.

Dotty Behan

March 10, 2017 4:42PM

So sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. We've been friends since grammar school, all thru high school, and afterwards. I will miss knowing she is down there in Texas. She was always a loving,caring person.

Laura A. Porras

March 10, 2017 12:40PM

I will always remember the good times we had at Sears. Your suffering, is no more, the Lord has called you to be with all his Angels.
You have been re-born, rejoice and May the Perpetual Light Always Shine On You

Nancy Laberman

March 10, 2017 11:15AM

Condolences to the family . Heart is Heavy. Will be missed by many . Love in Christ. Nancy Laberman.

Rachel Taylor

March 10, 2017 9:15AM

She "fought the good fight"! As a compadre from the years of working at Sears, she will be missed by her lunch companions.Via con Deos, Shirley!

Jane Stone

March 10, 2017 8:15AM

My heart is so very sad at your loss of Shirley . I worked with her for many years at Sears and always considered her a dear friend . I will always carry many happy memories of her . Prayers to the family .

Leslie Nicolett

March 10, 2017 1:03AM

I feel that Shirley Kretchmar was one of my "second moms". She was a constant presence for the majority of my youth by virtue of the countless hours spent with her daughters. She always made me feel welcome and part of the brood. Her practicality, quiet strength and ability to recognize the little bits of humor in everyday events and trials were, to me, what I think of when I think of her. That, and the Swedish pancakes. I can almost hear her little chuckle now. Godspeed, Shirley, and love, light and strength to your family.

Aubree Winkler

March 09, 2017 8:47PM

The celebration of life service will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday, March12th at Faith United Presbyterian Church, which is located at 12717 Marsh Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.

bob dalfonso

March 09, 2017 8:36PM

You will never be replaced in my heart...God bless you and hold you close