Shirley J. (nee Duerr) Henkel, 88, joined the Eternal Choir on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.

Shirley was the beloved wife of William E. Henkel; the loving mother of the late Gail Newton, Lori (Russ) Newton-Anderson, Rex (Connie) Newton, Lance (Laura) Newton, Lisa (Jimmy) Muetzelburg, Kathy (Scott) Saltzmann and Jane (Kevin) Johns; dear grandma of Leah (Matt) Anderson, Alyssa (Eric) Anderson, Kara Anderson, Grant Newton, Talia Newton, Crystal (Hector) Jezdimirovic, Devin Newton, Jamie (Jarred) Penkalski, Kyle (Cali) Muetzelburg, AJ Salzmann, Eric (Laura) Saltzmann, Amy (Joy) Johns, Jessica Johns and Kelly Johns; great grandma of Ava, Zoey, Ethan, D’Angelo, Diego, Jana, Madi and Wyatt; sister of Nathalie Kirchman and Kathleen Peters; and sister-in-law of Dick (Karen) Henkel.

Shirley is preceded in death by her husband Lester M. Newton, parents Sherwood and Natalie Duerr, and daughter Gail Newton.

Shirley was blessed with a beautiful voice that she shared at weddings, funerals and church services. Ava Maria, The Lord’s Prayer and Oh, Holy Night never sounded more beautiful. She passed her love of children, dogs, camping and card playing onto her family. Thanks Mom for teaching us Sheepshead and Cribbage.

Bill and Shirley shared the love of travel and trekking to all the corners of the USA.

A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at Norway Lutheran Church, 6321 Heg Park Rd. in Wind Lake from 9 to 11 a.m. with a memorial service at 11 a.m. Inurnment will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society are appreciated.

Heritage Funeral Home is serving the family. Well-wishers may visit www.heritagefuneral.com.