In memory of
Shirley Mae Benzler
Shirley Mae Benzler November 22, 1932 ~ January 10, 2017 Resident of Antioch, CA Shirley Benzler peacefully passed away in her home on January 10, 2017 with her daughter Janis and son Gary by her side. Shirley was married to Donald Benzler who preceded her in death (February 2008). Together they had four children in whom Shirley took great pride. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is survived by her children: twins Gary (Sylvia) and Alan (Camme), son Mark (Robin), and daughter Janis; grandchildren Richard (Devin), Derek, Sean, Kurt (Sarah), and Justin (Erin); and 9 great grandchildren. Shirley was preceded in death by her grandson, Brian Benzler (December 2010). Shirley was born in Detroit Michigan to Samuel Ellis and Helen Jaqueline Walters on November 22, 1932. She spent her youth attending boarding school at Wheaten College Academy near Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 11 she moved to Fresno California. Shirley attended Fresno State College and then in 1951 married the love of her life, Don. Shirley was an amazing women, who was forever young at heart. When she was in her 60s Shirley returned to college to finish her degree. In 1999 at the age of 67 Shirley received her Masters of Public Administration with a 4.0. After finishing her degree Shirley went back into the work force joining the East Bay Times Newspaper to work for NIE (Newspapers in Education). She loved her job and devoted herself to bringing NIE to schools and children. After retiring from NIE, she kept current by reading, using computers, and continuing her education. She enjoyed playing computer games, working cross word puzzles, keeping slim through exercise, and watching Jeopardy and the Wheel of Fortune. Shirley was a loyal friend and a giving person who was always there supporting her family and friends. She loved people and people loved her. Services will be private. View the online memorial for Shirley Mae Benzler
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