Shirlie "Shirts" W. Willett
February 26, 1921 ~ February 8, 2015
Shirlie “Shirts” W. Willett, 93, of Essexville, our beloved and devoted father and gramps was born into eternal life on the morning of Sunday, February 8, 2015 at his home. Shirlie was born in Essexville on February 26, 1921, the son of the late Rama and Lena (Kinney) Willett. Through her brother, Shirlie was introduced to the love of his life, the former Mary Jane Krause. They dated, fell in love and were united in marriage on July 6, 1946. Sadly, Mary Jane preceded Shirlie in death on October 4, 2000. Dedicated to our country, Shirlie proudly served in World War II with the U.S. Navy. As an extremely hardworking man, Shirlie worked for Hess Cartage & Co. and was a member of the Teamsters. He was a gifted woodworker and will forever be remembered for his wonderful stories, his inspiring personality and love of nature and family. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Joseph and wife, Audrey Willett, Connie Wisniewski, Robert and wife, Kathy Willett, David Willett and Dennis and wife, Pam Willett. Shirlie was the proud and loving gramps of Brian and wife, Lisa Myers, Becky and husband, Ryan Charney, Cara and husband, Paul McGinnis, Chris Espinosa, Dan and wife, Barb Willett, Mark Willett, Chad and wife, Amber Willett and Kallyn Willett and Rodney Ellison. Shirlie is also survived by his sister-in-law, Fifi Willett, along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and his wife, Shirlie was welcomed home to heaven by his son-in-law, Edward Wisniewski and siblings, Russell and wife, Lola Willett, Irene Richards, Thelma and husband, Bernard Karner, Merlin, Virgil and Ranny Willett. Shirlie’s family will be present to receive visitors on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Vigil for the Deceased at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, Shirlie will be taken to St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist), 614 Pine St., Essexville, where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until the time of his 10:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with the Rite of Committal to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.