Shirley Ann Warpinski, 81, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 29, 2013, at the Jack & Engrid Meng Residence in Green Bay, in the presence of family.
She was born on September 29, 1932, near Luxemburg, the daughter of George and Lillian (Hruska) Glaser. She graduated from Luxemburg High School, where she met the love of her life, Reginald "Regie" Warpinski who preceded her in death. They married February 13, 1954, and raised 11 children.
After graduating from high school, Shirley attended the St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing and was part of the last graduating class from that program. She was proud of the fact that up until last year, the class got together for a reunion on a regular basis, and she always enjoyed catching up with them.
As an R.N., Shirley worked at various healthcare facilities in the Green Bay area, both in acute and long term care. She found long term care to be very rewarding, and after several years as Director of Nurses at Bay Convalescent Center in Green Bay, accepted a position as a nurse surveyor for the State of Wisconsin and had the opportunity to review and improve the care at long term care facilities over a large part of eastern Wisconsin, rising to the level of Regional Nurse Consultant Supervisor with the Bureau of Quality Assurance.
She and Regie played an active role in their children's and grandchildren's school, church, and sports activities and were extremely proud of all of them. Shirley especially looked forward to and welcomed each new grandchild and great-grandchild with a quilt, as well as providing one for each niece and nephew as a special wedding present from her.
She was an exceptional role model and led by example when it came to working full-time and raising children at the same time. In later years, she was a familiar face at the Green Bay Farmer's Market early Saturday mornings as she, Regie and others set up the Wayside Gardens stand. Her flower arrangements were a favorite during all seasons at the market as were her raspberries.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Cindy and Craig Chicker, Richland Center; Mike and Linda Warpinski, Maribel; Patti and Steve Paider, Denmark; Victoria Pagano, Clearwater, FL; Andy and Sandy Warpinski, Maribel; Susie and Dennis Hookstadt, Waupaca; Tina and Christian Klemm, Stuttgart, Germany; Dan and Sue Warpinski, Churchton, MD; Ann and Charlie Roberts, Maribel; Sam and Lynn Warpinski, Wayside; and Jesse Warpinksi and Cindy Coppens, Green Bay; 27 grandchildren, Tim (Michelle), Dana, Alex, and Kelly Chicker; Nick (Angie), Matt (Molly), and Jeffery (Katie) Warpinski; Michael, Andrea Paider; Beckie (Lee) De Bruin; Evan Pagano; Ryan (Erin) Warpinski, Jessica (Kris) Mondloch, Brandon, and Brittany Warpinski; Lucas, Nicholas, and Rose Klemm; Hannah Warpinski; Morgan, Mason, Marshal, and Marcus Roberts; Dalton, Leyton Scheibel, and Aimon Warpinski; and Lillian Warpinski; six great-grandchildren, Claire and Steven Warpinski; Cayson Chicker; Greta Warpinski; Harper Mondloch; and Blake De Bruin; one sister and brother-in-law, Lois (Dick) Krcma, Pasco, WA; sisters-in-law, Marianne Glaser, Mary Ruth Warpinski, Lucille Warpinski, and Rosemary Warpinski; many nieces and nephews.
Shirley was also preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Maggie Conard, Audrey Pischke, and Helen Kugel; and one brother, George Glaser.
Friends may call from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4th at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. There will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Visitation will continue from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church, 18228 County Road R, Cooperstown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church with Rev. Ron Colombo officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. To send on-line condolences, please visit www.prokowall.com
The Warpinski family extends a special thank you to everyone at Unity Hospice and the doctors and nurses of St. Vincent Hospital for their compassionate care of Shirley.