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Shirley Ann Tietz (nee) Winchester, of Port Washington, WI passed away in Arizona on Friday, April 28, 2017 with her devoted husband at her side.

Born in Pittsburg, CA on November 23, 1939, Shirley was 77 years young. She is survived by her soulmate, husband Howard of almost 60 years; her loving children, Howard/Skip, Wendy (James Braun), David (Linda), Michael, and Sherry (Big Bob Williamson); grandchildren, Dan, Stephen (Gabrielle), Kevin, Scott, Daniel, Timothy, Samantha, Leanne, Jamie, Bobby (Karlee), Mehgan (Rob) and Gary; great-grandchildren, Steven, Isla, Ava and Everly; brother, David Winchester; sister, Betty (Richard) Scopline; brother-in-law, Paul (Connie) Tietz; sister-in-law, Kathy (late Gerald) Krause; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

Shirley is preceded in death by her mother, Loretta Dumke; her father, Earl Winchester; her father and mother-in-law, Howard G. and Catherine Tietz; her PRECIOUS infant son, Patrick; her loving grandson, Jacob Tietz; and her favorite dog, Missy.

Shirley was employed at K-mart for 35 years. She enjoyed travelling and loved her second home in Arizona. She had a love for horses and nature. She loved anything western. Shirley was a talented artist and enjoyed drawing and painting. One of our favorite childhood memories was Mom painting our large picture window during the holidays. She loved to read, sew, fish and especially loved to entertain during birthdays and holidays. She loved to take pictures, and always had her camera ready. She was also known for “TAKING CONTROL” of the TV remote(s)!

Shirley will be remembered for her deep love of family and the kindness she extended to others throughout her life. She was a positive influence to all of those she touched. Shirley had a beautiful spirit and a heart of Gold. These great lessons are her legacy and we will always cherish these gifts.

“Mom, you will be forever missed, we will always carry you in our hearts!”

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17 responses to “Shirley Ann Tietz”

  1. Mike Tietz says:

    To the sweetest most loving Mom a child could ever ask for. I won life’s lottery when I got you for a mother. It was an absolute BLESSING and HONOR to be your son. Heart break doesn’t begin to describe how deeply I miss you. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Thank You for all the gifts you showered us children with, the trips we took, all the special things you did and how you did them. But most importantly Thank You for the greatest gift..THE GIFT OF LIFE!

  2. Kathy Krause says:

    Special Blessings to a wonderful, lovely, gentle woman who was always so.understanding. You gave your all to your family and everyone else. You will be deeply missed but now it’s your time to be with the Angels. Soar with them in peace and with no pain or suffering. We all love you. May comfort be with Howie and your whole family during this time and may God reach a comforting hand out to all of you. Much Love, Kathy Krause

  3. Howard Tietz says:

    TO the GREATEST WIFE IN THE WORLD. My best friend and lover, my “BUDDY”
    Thank You for giving yourself and your love to me, for 59 years 7 months and 14. You will be in my heart forever. LOVE ALWAYS. YOURS FOREVER

  4. Betty Scopline says:

    My sister Shirley, always gave me a sense of comfort. I looked to her for help because that is the kind of person she was. She was kind and understanding. She was my friend. We did a lot together. That meant so much to me and Dick. I remember all the trips we took together with our family’s. I will miss her greatly.

  5. sherry williamson says:

    Mom though your smile is gone forever, and your hand I cannot touch, I shall never lose sweet memories of the one I loved so much. We hold you close within our hearts, and there you shall remain to walk with us through our lives until we meet again. So rest in peace Mom, and thanks for all you’ve done I pray that God has given you the crown you’ve truly won. I love you Mom and will never forget your gentle heart and your bright smile that lite up my heart. I love you so.

  6. Wendy Braun says:

    Michael, I could’nt have said it better!! We did win the lottery with our sweet Mom, and of course Dad also! We are beyond blessed to have had such a loving Mom!

  7. wendy braun says:

    Thank-you Aunt Kathy!.. love u

  8. Leanne Tietz says:

    My Grandma; encouraging, role model, tough as nails, always smiling, caring, loving… but words really can’t justify everything she was to all the people whose lives she touched. Earth may have lost an angel, but heaven gained one, love you Grandma!

  9. Paul Tietz says:

    Shirley…I’ve known you seemingly forever! May you rest in peace in Heaven with all who have preceded you. You are loved and will not be forgotten. May your many graces comfort all those you left behind. R.I.P.

  10. Bob Jr says:

    Though technically related by marriage, grandma never treated me like anything less than blood. She lived the meaning of LOVE. I remember just calling her up when i was working near by and taking her to lunch. It was awesome being able to just hang out with grandma on my lunch break. I am truly going to miss her, but I know that I’ll see her again. I pray that my marriage is as happy and enduring as yours, you were very clearly and fiercely loved. We’ll see you on the other side.

  11. Karlee Williamson says:

    Shirley, thank you for all of your welcoming and kindness. Marrying Bob and gaining so much family, especially a beautiful grandmother like you was more of a blessing than I could have ever asked for. You are truly special and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.

  12. Kirstin Jankowski says:

    So very sorry for your loss of such a great lady. Bill and I only knew her for a short time but we know how much love and happiness she brought to her family and friends!! I don’t think I ever saw her without a smile. She will be dearly missed. Much love and peace to the Tietz family,
    Kirstin and Bill

  13. Marjorie pisca says:

    I did not know you well but, what I did know and saw at family events was a testimony to how we should all try to live our lives. Your smiling face, kind words, and clicking of your camera will be missed by all at future events. Rest in peace Shirley. Can you put in a good word for me so when I come home I will be let in.

  14. mehgan hanson says:

    This is so beautiful just like Grandma! It is so special to see what a huge family was created from the love of two people. Grandmas heart was so huge. She loved everyone and was warm and welcoming to all newbies in our family. Anytime there was a new relationship she was always asking, are they coming to Christmas or to thanksgiving? She always extended warm genuine invitations. My favorite was when she invited one of my cousins Navy buddies over for thanksgiving. So sweet. I will miss her so much and look forward to the day we are dancing together in heaven with no pain in our bodies.

  15. Samantha Tietz says:

    Grandma, words can’t begin to explain how much I will miss you. I have enjoyed so many wonderful times with you and grandpa. Some of my most favorite memories include you taking me, summer and Jamie to the pumpkin patch in the fall and listening to country music as we drove there. I will never forget those days among many more warm memories. I could have never asked for a better family and you are to thank for that. I know I will see you again someday. Until then please watch over us and keep on smiling up there. I love you so much grandma.

  16. Jamie Tietz says:

    A true fighter in life, she inspires me daily and taught me to take life’s punches. I’ll always treasure my memories of her. She is and forever will be a loving and free spirit. I will always miss her, but at least she can now live without pain and forever rest in peace.

  17. Laura & Carl Haase says:

    Dear Howard, Sherry and Tietz family,
    We have been deeply saddened to learn of the sudden loss of your beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother. We are truly grateful to have been graced by her sweet, kind, caring presence through our friendship with Sherry and Bob through the years.
    The deep love she had for all of you was evident every time we were blessed to share time with your family.
    Praying the precious memories you each hold close to your heart will help you through this most difficult time as you carry her precious legacy forward. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

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Shirley Ann Tietz (nee) Winchester, of Port Washington, WI passed away in Arizona on Friday, April 28, 2017 with her devoted husband at her side.

Born in Pittsburg, CA on November 23, 1939, Shirley was 77 years young. She is survived by her soulmate, husband Howard of almost 60 years; her loving children, Howard/Skip, Wendy (James Braun), David (Linda), Michael, and Sherry (Big Bob Williamson); grandchildren, Dan, Stephen (Gabrielle), Kevin, Scott, Daniel, Timothy, Samantha, Leanne, Jamie, Bobby (Karlee), Mehgan (Rob) and Gary; great-grandchildren, Steven, Isla, Ava and Everly; brother, David Winchester; sister, Betty (Richard) Scopline; brother-in-law, Paul (Connie) Tietz; sister-in-law, Kathy (late Gerald) Krause; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

Shirley is preceded in death by her mother, Loretta Dumke; her father, Earl Winchester; her father and mother-in-law, Howard G. and Catherine Tietz; her PRECIOUS infant son, Patrick; her loving grandson, Jacob Tietz; and her favorite dog, Missy.

Shirley was employed at K-mart for 35 years. She enjoyed travelling and loved her second home in Arizona. She had a love for horses and nature. She loved anything western. Shirley was a talented artist and enjoyed drawing and painting. One of our favorite childhood memories was Mom painting our large picture window during the holidays. She loved to read, sew, fish and especially loved to entertain during birthdays and holidays. She loved to take pictures, and always had her camera ready. She was also known for “TAKING CONTROL” of the TV remote(s)!

Shirley will be remembered for her deep love of family and the kindness she extended to others throughout her life. She was a positive influence to all of those she touched. Shirley had a beautiful spirit and a heart of Gold. These great lessons are her legacy and we will always cherish these gifts.

“Mom, you will be forever missed, we will always carry you in our hearts!”

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17 responses to “Shirley Ann Tietz”

  1. Mike Tietz says:

    To the sweetest most loving Mom a child could ever ask for. I won life’s lottery when I got you for a mother. It was an absolute BLESSING and HONOR to be your son. Heart break doesn’t begin to describe how deeply I miss you. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Thank You for all the gifts you showered us children with, the trips we took, all the special things you did and how you did them. But most importantly Thank You for the greatest gift..THE GIFT OF LIFE!

  2. Kathy Krause says:

    Special Blessings to a wonderful, lovely, gentle woman who was always so.understanding. You gave your all to your family and everyone else. You will be deeply missed but now it’s your time to be with the Angels. Soar with them in peace and with no pain or suffering. We all love you. May comfort be with Howie and your whole family during this time and may God reach a comforting hand out to all of you. Much Love, Kathy Krause

  3. Howard Tietz says:

    TO the GREATEST WIFE IN THE WORLD. My best friend and lover, my “BUDDY”
    Thank You for giving yourself and your love to me, for 59 years 7 months and 14. You will be in my heart forever. LOVE ALWAYS. YOURS FOREVER

  4. Betty Scopline says:

    My sister Shirley, always gave me a sense of comfort. I looked to her for help because that is the kind of person she was. She was kind and understanding. She was my friend. We did a lot together. That meant so much to me and Dick. I remember all the trips we took together with our family’s. I will miss her greatly.

  5. sherry williamson says:

    Mom though your smile is gone forever, and your hand I cannot touch, I shall never lose sweet memories of the one I loved so much. We hold you close within our hearts, and there you shall remain to walk with us through our lives until we meet again. So rest in peace Mom, and thanks for all you’ve done I pray that God has given you the crown you’ve truly won. I love you Mom and will never forget your gentle heart and your bright smile that lite up my heart. I love you so.

  6. Wendy Braun says:

    Michael, I could’nt have said it better!! We did win the lottery with our sweet Mom, and of course Dad also! We are beyond blessed to have had such a loving Mom!

  7. wendy braun says:

    Thank-you Aunt Kathy!.. love u

  8. Leanne Tietz says:

    My Grandma; encouraging, role model, tough as nails, always smiling, caring, loving… but words really can’t justify everything she was to all the people whose lives she touched. Earth may have lost an angel, but heaven gained one, love you Grandma!

  9. Paul Tietz says:

    Shirley…I’ve known you seemingly forever! May you rest in peace in Heaven with all who have preceded you. You are loved and will not be forgotten. May your many graces comfort all those you left behind. R.I.P.

  10. Bob Jr says:

    Though technically related by marriage, grandma never treated me like anything less than blood. She lived the meaning of LOVE. I remember just calling her up when i was working near by and taking her to lunch. It was awesome being able to just hang out with grandma on my lunch break. I am truly going to miss her, but I know that I’ll see her again. I pray that my marriage is as happy and enduring as yours, you were very clearly and fiercely loved. We’ll see you on the other side.

  11. Karlee Williamson says:

    Shirley, thank you for all of your welcoming and kindness. Marrying Bob and gaining so much family, especially a beautiful grandmother like you was more of a blessing than I could have ever asked for. You are truly special and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.

  12. Kirstin Jankowski says:

    So very sorry for your loss of such a great lady. Bill and I only knew her for a short time but we know how much love and happiness she brought to her family and friends!! I don’t think I ever saw her without a smile. She will be dearly missed. Much love and peace to the Tietz family,
    Kirstin and Bill

  13. Marjorie pisca says:

    I did not know you well but, what I did know and saw at family events was a testimony to how we should all try to live our lives. Your smiling face, kind words, and clicking of your camera will be missed by all at future events. Rest in peace Shirley. Can you put in a good word for me so when I come home I will be let in.

  14. mehgan hanson says:

    This is so beautiful just like Grandma! It is so special to see what a huge family was created from the love of two people. Grandmas heart was so huge. She loved everyone and was warm and welcoming to all newbies in our family. Anytime there was a new relationship she was always asking, are they coming to Christmas or to thanksgiving? She always extended warm genuine invitations. My favorite was when she invited one of my cousins Navy buddies over for thanksgiving. So sweet. I will miss her so much and look forward to the day we are dancing together in heaven with no pain in our bodies.

  15. Samantha Tietz says:

    Grandma, words can’t begin to explain how much I will miss you. I have enjoyed so many wonderful times with you and grandpa. Some of my most favorite memories include you taking me, summer and Jamie to the pumpkin patch in the fall and listening to country music as we drove there. I will never forget those days among many more warm memories. I could have never asked for a better family and you are to thank for that. I know I will see you again someday. Until then please watch over us and keep on smiling up there. I love you so much grandma.

  16. Jamie Tietz says:

    A true fighter in life, she inspires me daily and taught me to take life’s punches. I’ll always treasure my memories of her. She is and forever will be a loving and free spirit. I will always miss her, but at least she can now live without pain and forever rest in peace.

  17. Laura & Carl Haase says:

    Dear Howard, Sherry and Tietz family,
    We have been deeply saddened to learn of the sudden loss of your beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother. We are truly grateful to have been graced by her sweet, kind, caring presence through our friendship with Sherry and Bob through the years.
    The deep love she had for all of you was evident every time we were blessed to share time with your family.
    Praying the precious memories you each hold close to your heart will help you through this most difficult time as you carry her precious legacy forward. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

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