A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Patrick Wendler celebrant. Burial will be in the St. Jerome’s Catholic Cemetery in Oconomowoc. Relatives and friends may gather at the funeral home on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 4-7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials, if desired, would be appreciated to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Shirley Ann Whelan was born on November 5, 1931 in Oconomowoc to Phillip and Nora (O’Brien) Whelan. She was a 1949 graduate of Oconomowoc High School. On November 27, 1952 she married Kenneth Ceithamer at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Oconomowoc. She was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Women’s Club in Watertown as well as a lifetime member of the VFW Post 7852, and served as President of the Ladies Auxiliary for 14 years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her family and the “Whelan Clan” meant the world to her. She was a very caring and giving person who would put anyone first. How she lived her life was a true testament of her faith. Shirley loved to knit and donated many of the different things she made to the veterans and the Senior Center. She also loved to knit hats, scarves, mittens and slippers for her kids and grandkids.
Shirley is survived by her husband Kenneth of Watertown; their six children: Corrine O’Brien, Catherine (Tom) Henze, Kenneth G. (Amy) Ceithamer all of Watertown, Daniel (Josephine) Ceithamer of Singapore, Richard (Connie Shelton) Ceithamer of Watertown, Kristine Ceithamer of Silverdale, WA; seven grandchildren: CaTrina (Chris) Schwandt, Andrew (Brianna Schwartz) Ceithamer, John (Nicole) King, Christal (fiancé Riley Walker) Ceithamer, Vanessa Ceithamer, Emily (Alexander Root-Roatch) Ceithamer, and Noah Ceithamer; six great-grandchildren; sisters: May Binnebose of Watertown and Dorothy “Dody” (Robert) Sadler of Oconomowoc; brothers: Phillip “Bud” (Mary) Whelan of Phoenix, AZ, John “Jack” (Sharon) Whelan of Watertown; three sisters-in-law: Mary Whelan, Phyllis Whelan and Sue Whelan, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Shirley was preceded in death by a son James in infancy; her parents; brothers: Gene Whelan, Earl Whelan, William Whelan, Robert Whelan; and one sister Joan Williams.