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Shirley M. Ward

Jul 14, 1947 - Dec 11, 2020


Shirley M. Ward, age 73, of Sheboygan, joined her heavenly father on Friday, December 11, 2020 at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice. She was born in Sheboygan on July 14, 1947, the daughter of the late Alois Mertzig and Leah (Jones) Ward.
She attended local schools in the Sheboygan area. On August 23, 1969 she married the love of her life, Lester A. Broeckel. He preceded her in death on March 8, 1987.

Shirley was employed at Mirro Foley Company in Chilton for many years. In 1989 she acquired her CNA degree from Fox Valley Technical College, which later led her to provide private healthcare for the elderly. Caring for other people was her passion, and she made many friendships along the way. She enjoyed playing cards with “the other Shirley”, going out to eat, thrift shopping, going to rummage sales, feeding and watching the birds in her backyard, and maintaining her flower gardens. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. She was the best Gram-Gram, G-ma, and Grammie to Logan, Grant, and Roman, always attending piano recitals, musicals, sporting events, and school functions. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.
Survivors include her two daughters, Lisa Manz, of Kiel and her children, Logan and Grant Manz; Tina (fiancée Matthew Willis) Setzer, of Sheboygan and her son, Roman Gottsacker; seven siblings, Michael (Wanda) Wright, of Idaho, Judy Mitchell, of Port Washington, Terry (Cindy) Mertzig, of Sheboygan, Tanny (Laura) Mertzig, of Sheboygan Falls, Ricky Ward, of Albuquerque, NM, Darlene (Angelo) Montour, of Albuquerque, NM, and George (fiancée Amy Wilson) Ward, of Sheboygan; Craig Manz, of Kiel (father of Logan and Grant), and Nathan Gottsacker, of Sheboygan (father of Roman). She is further survived by aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother and sister, a sister, Catherine “Ninks” Batt, stepfather, Thomas Ward and a brother-in-law, Ronald “Mitch” Mitchell.
A visitation for Shirley will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th Street Sheboygan. A private family service will take place the following morning with an entombment being held at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Please practice social distancing and facial coverings are required at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Shirley’s name for the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and Vince Lombardi Cancer Center.
A heartfelt thank you is extended to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice nursing staff, especially Dan for the compassion and care he gave Shirley. He “surely” was a blessing during a difficult time.
Online condolences may be expressed at


Date: Wednesday Dec 16, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



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sarah montour

Angelo & Darlene Montour

Nancy Johnson

I'm so sorry for your loss. We were very close when we lived next to Grandma and Grampa Jones, she would come over after work and rock Mike for long periods of time. She will be remembered.

Laurie Broeren

My sweet Lisa and family, my heart breaks for you during this sad time. Your mom was such a sweetheart. Always with a giggle and a silly little story. I used to love sitting and talking with her when I did her hair years ago. You girls were so blessed to have a mom like her. Lisa you know that you're a part of our family and if you need anything please,please call or stop in . My prayers are with your family. I love you sister.

Debra lynn sweeney

So many good times together. Im miss and love you forever.

Sporty and Cathy Fesing

Lisa, you know how much your mom meant to me. We will run into each other and share some of those memories soon. Both you girls are in our thoughts.

Judy Kelly & Christopher Hanna

Dave and Trudy Bates

Lisa, Tina and families. We are so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. We loved her so much. Although we hadn't seen her in such a long time we often thought about her and talked about and laughed about her. She was such a fun person. I often wondered if she remembered how old she was. She used to always say to me Truds how old am I? We laughed so much. I miss her so much. God bless you all.

Sandy Broeckel Matznick

Lisa and Tina I'm so sorry to hear of your moms passing. I worked with Shirley at Mirro Foley all those years ago, she was such a nice and fun person. I remember years ago when she lived in Quinney she gave me a perm! She was so much fun . she was working next to me when I had my accident at Mirro Foley and she helped me and calmed me down , she was so caring and a people person. I was still friends with her on Facebook. I was so shocked when my aunt Shirley Freund told me she passed away. Heaven gained another angel. My sympathies.