A. Lentz, 88, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away
Monday, June 15, 2020 at Woodlands Senior Park where she had resided for the
past two years.
was born in Caro, Michigan, the daughter of Lula E. Mier and Wendell D.
Spaulding. Throughout her childhood, she was very close to her older sister,
the late Donna Stein of Saginaw, Michigan.
was a 1950 graduate of Copemish (Michigan) High School and on August 30, 1952
she married the love of her life, Dean A. Lentz. They resided in Houghton,
Michigan where Dean was a student at Michigan Technological University,
eventually relocating to Madison and Clintonville, before settling permanently
in Fond du Lac in 1956.
was a loving and devoted homemaker, mother and grandmother, and dedicated her
life to her husband, family, church and other volunteer commitments.
her life in Fond du Lac, Shirley was an active member of Covenant United
Methodist Church. She was a longtime Sunday School teacher and bell choir
member, was active in several church and Christian women’s organizations, and
served on the church’s building committee. In addition, she and Dean took
short-term mission trips to Kentucky and Costa Rica.
was a committed volunteer for more than 30 years at St. Agnes Hospital,
primarily working in the Women & Infants Department. She was also a Red
Cross Bloodmobile volunteer for about ten years, served as a poll worker for
the City of Fond du Lac, and volunteered many summers at the Salvation Army.
passed away too early in their marriage, on January 20, 1996, and afterwards,
Shirley spent a great amount of time with her two grandchildren, and focusing
on her volunteer efforts.
leaves behind her son, Mark Lentz and his wife, Connie, of Brussels, Wisconsin;
her daughter, Rebecca Kaye and her husband, Alex, of Fond du Lac; her grandson,
Taylor Meiklejohn and his wife, Allison, of Verona, Wisconsin; her
granddaughter, Dena Den Boer and her husband, Lance, of West Richland,
Washington; and one great-granddaughter, Tatum Den Boer. Shirley will also be
dearly missed by her friend and caregiver, Laura Fox, who provided much help,
support and companionship to Shirley prior to her move to Woodlands.
family will be having a private committal service at Rienzi Cemetery as Shirley
requested, with Pastor Dave Ogren officiating.
may be directed to St. Agnes Hospice Hope, Woodlands Senior Park, or Michigan
family would like to extend their deep appreciation and gratitude to the staff
at Woodlands Senior Park and to Shirley’s Hospice Hope caregivers for the loving,
compassionate care they provided to Shirley, and the wonderful support and
encouragement they offered her family and loved ones.
Funeral Chapel & Crematory is serving the family, www.kurkifunerachapel.com.