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Shirley A. Saleck

Shirley A. Saleck

February 18, 2017

Shirley Ann Saleck (Parrott)

 81 years young

 September 18, 1935 to February 18, 2017

Shirley passed quietly and peacefully while surrounded by family at 6pm on Saturday, Feb 18.  She followed shortly after the passing of her daughter Susan who passed away on Feb 12.  Shirley’s heart was struggling over the past year until it finally gave up.  Shirley graduated from South High School, Minneapolis, MN, in 1952.  She married Richard Allen Saleck, also of South High School in October 1956.  Starting to work for Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, Richard took a ride on the rails with Shirley onboard!  Mom was a homemaker for a lot of her life, but ventured into the work force occasionally.  First stop for Shirley was Minneapolis, MN.  The Saleck’s lived very close to the Saleck Family Grocery started by Richard’s father Joe and mother Tillie.  With Richard working the 9 to 5 job, Shirley took to raising the kids at home.  First to arrive was Steve, followed in close interval by Cathy, Karen, Dave, Tom, Sue, and Joe!  From Minneapolis, life along the rails moved on to Seattle, WA, for some apartment living.  Not much to say here other than pretty cramped quarters!  Shortly thereafter, the Saleck train was on to Portland, OR!  Living in Beaverton for about 8 years, Shirley raised the kids in the “big house” on Blakeney Street.  She taught them swing set skills, how to survive in Catholic School, made “killer” sack lunches, played Herman’s Hermits on the HI-FI stereo, always had AM radio top 40 on, and let the kids play unsupervised outside until dark! Oh the horrors that generates in today’s times!  Summer berry picking was abundant and Shirley capitalized on lax child labor laws!  With all the kids, there were plenty of berries to enjoy!  In 1967, Shirley and Dick moved the Saleck Family to Bloomington, MN.  All seven children boarded the train for the trip of a lifetime from Portland to Minneapolis.  Plenty of 8mm film was sacrificed to become one of the family’s favorite home movies!  In Bloomington, Shirley helped the kids settle in to life at Nativity of Mary Catholic School.  In those days, there was a family package so that privately educating seven children was actually a really good deal!  In addition, Bloomington offered an abundance of sports for boys and girls, so being a very smart mom, she kept all seven children busy with sports, sports, and more sports.  It was always school first however, and the question, “Is your homework done?”, would always be asked.  The answer needed to be yes or the kids weren’t playing!  Shirley enjoyed the games, and even coached a girl’s softball team.  Yes, you guessed it, it was Sue’s team!  In her spare time, (when was that?), she worked part time shifts at Control Data Corporation.  Last stop on the rails for Shirley was Eau Claire, WI.  She resided in the green house with Richard for 40 years! Shirley helped steer the kids through Memorial High School, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  She managed to sneak in some part time hours at the local gas station!   Shirley loved to play bridge(cards), and was very good, often carrying her partner Richard to victory.  She was a bowler, which upper midwesterners always seem to be good at, and rolled the ball down the lane very well with numerous 500 series and a couple of 600’s.  She played golf in high school, was called a “natural” by her coach.  She played the game her whole life and she even played an international round in Panama!  Shirley collected, lighthouses, elephants, and books.  She was an avid reader and devoured book after book.  Reader’s Digest Book of the Month Club misses her and Amazon loved her!  Shirley was not a “helicopter” mom.  She taught the kids how to survive on their own in the big outside world and all seven of them have been better off for it.  Her sagely advice and counsel was always welcomed.

Proverbs 31: 10-31 are too lengthy to insert here, but please read it!  Shirley was a wife (and mother) of “Noble Character” and the highlights are in verses 28 and 29.  “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also praises her:  Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”  Shirley did indeed surpass them all as a faithful wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother.  Richard not only praised her, but he loved her all her life and we all enjoyed her laugh and wit for 81 marvelous years!     


Shirley's memorial service will be held March 4, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in 1712 Highland Ave Eau Claire, WI.