Shirley J. Luebker

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Shirley J. Luebker, 80, passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Atrium Care Center in Lancaster. 

She was born June 18, 1935 in Woodville, the daughter of Clarence and Esther (Albrightson) Engleman. Shirley graduated as valedictorian from Woodville High School in 1952. She graduated from UW-River Falls in 1957, being named in “Who’s Who In American Colleges and Universities.” At UW-River Falls, she met and married her soulmate, Gene Luebker on Feb. 11, 1956. After graduation, she and her husband taught in various school districts and eventually moved to southwest Wisconsin.

Shirley taught over 20 years at Southwest Technical College in Fennimore until her retirement in 1998. She was a founding member of Wisconsin Women for Agriculture, served as the Assessor for Woodman Township, belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary and was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boscobel. She enjoyed reading, teaching, public speaking, writing, traveling, sewing, cooking, sports, and being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Denise Wachter of Millville, Daniel (Pat Reid) Luebker of Boscobel, Dawn Lingard, Dee (Joseph) Van Ruyven both of Madison, Debra Luebker of Woodman, Diana Brockway of (Chicago), Ill. and David Luebker (New York); her brother Allan Engleman of Long Lake, Minn.; ten grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and a son-in-law Brad Wachter.

Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boscobel, with Pastor Charles Koester officiating. Interment will be in the St. Lawrence O’Toole Cemetery in Mt. Hope. Friends may call on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien, and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Woodman First Responders or the Shirley Luebker Scholarship Fund. 

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