Shirley M. Gelbach

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Shirley M. Gelbach, 87, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at the Orchard Manor Care Center in Lancaster.  

She was born April 19, 1932, in Lancaster, the daughter of Parke and Lillian (Cox) Gelbach Sr.  

Shirley worked at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien for over 36 years. 

She is survived by nephews, Greg and Randy Gelbach; a niece, Sheri Breuer; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and her dear friends, Mary and Ken Stoeffler.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Parke (Adeline) Gelbach Jr. and Robert (Jean) Gelbach; her special friend, Agnes Gillitzer; along with her faithful companion, “Towser.”  

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home Chapel in Prairie du Chien, Msgr. Charles Stoetzel officiating, with burial in the Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster. 

The family would like to thank Lori Knapp Inc. and Orchard Manor for providing Shirley with such a loving and caring home through the years. 

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