Shirley I. Tester

September 5, 2018

BELOIT -- Shirley Irene Tester, 88, of Beloit, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at Riverside Terrace.

She was born on Dec. 30, 1929, in Watertown, the daughter of Percy and Irene (Buske) Wendt. Shirley was a 1946 graduate of Johnson Creek High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Carroll College, Waukesha, in 1950. Following graduation, she taught in New Glarus and Whitewater. She married Erwin “Bud” Tester on June 10, 1951, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Watertown.

After raising her children, Shirley returned to teaching in Beloit, retiring in 1985. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Throughout her lifetime, she had always been active in the church, teaching confirmation, Sunday school and Bible school for many years as well as teaching adult Bible classes. She served as president of the Women of the Church, was a member of Shalom Circle and volunteered her time and skills often. Shirley was also a member of Intermediate Women serving as its president and secretary and on various committees such as Thursday Club and Beloit Area Retired Educator’s Association. She loved to play bridge, belonged to several clubs, crossword puzzles, stitching quilts, reading and walking. After her retirement, she took up golf and really enjoyed it. Shirley and her husband also enjoyed traveling, visiting all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean and Europe.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Bud; children, Thomas (Nancy) Tester of Princeton, Illinois, David (Jackie) Tester of Marietta, Georgia, and Jane (Jon) Lang of South Beloit, Illinois; grandchildren, Kelly (Jamie) Saeli of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Gregory (Jill) Tester of Madison, Ashley (Joe) Neubert of Washington D.C., Marc Tester of Acworth, Georgia, Amy (Jon) Smith and Michael Lang of South Beloit, Illinois; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Janet (Ted) DeGarmo of Kokomo, Indiana; brother-in-law, Phillip Krueger of Watertown; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was predeceased by her parents; grandchild, Brian Tester; sister, Sharon Krueger; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and John Koser; and nephew, Kurt Koser.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Riverside Terrace, Beloit Regional Hospice and Bright Star for their caring and compassion.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 749 Bluff St., Beloit, with Pastor Tony Dusso officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery. Visitation of remembrance will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday before the service in the church.

Memorials may be given in her name to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or Beloit Regional Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com.

Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates

2355 Cranston Road Beloit

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