NORTHWOOD – On Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, our beloved Shirley Bredemeier lost her valiant fight with cancer. She was born in Hillsboro, Kan., on July 20, 1946, and grew up in Marion, Kan. After attending college, Shirley enlisted in the Army in 1974 and served until 1978. During her military time Shirley met her lifelong partner of 35 years, Connie Gilbert. Together they established their home in Northwood. Shirley then worked as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Suncook, from which she retired.
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Shirley was a capable and avid tinkerer who could fix, repair or build almost anything. She loved the outdoors, working in the yard where she created a sanctuary, including a pond with coy fish, frogs, and turtles. She also built a small rendition of a lighted church. In addition Shirley was an avid crafter of clay. She could model and create nearly anything including trucks, cars, pool tables, dogs, and Disney characters. She would give away her works of art to people she loved and whose love touched her. Her clay creations are in homes, offices, and hospitals throughout New England. She loved the New England Patriots and seldom missed their TV games.
Once diagnosed with multiple Myeloma cancer 10 years ago, Shirley never gave up. She seldom complained, maintaining a brave and cheerful outlook, even through countless chemotherapy treatments, broken bones, X-rays, stem cell transplant, hospitalization and much pain. She continued to bring a smile and joy to everyone around her and remained positive.
Shirley is the daughter of the late Charles Junior Bredemeier and her dear mother, Lucille (Judd) Bredemeier of Marion, Kan. Her partner, Connie Gilbert, and her brother, Charles Bredemeier, also survive her. She leaves behind other loving family, including cousins, nieces, and nephews. The list of friends is immense, but special gratitude goes to the many neighbors, co-workers and health care personnel who provided her with boundless care, devotion and love.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the giver's favorite charity. Shirley's life will be celebrated in a small service on Friday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. at the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
The Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom is assisting with arrangements and offers an online guestbook at stilloaks.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2013