Helen “Shirley” Weinberg, 82 May 11, 1936 - April 17, 2018
“The unfading beauty of a gentle & quiet spirit…is of great worth, in God’s sight.” 1PETER 3:4
Wife, Mother, Friend and Neighbor took Jesus’ hands, got up and walked with Him to Heaven on the evening of April 17, 2018. She was known to all as Shirley, and she was an incredible woman! God broke the mold when He made her! She continues to touch so many lives and her memory will live on!
Shirley made her entrance into the world on May 11, 1936, exactly one year to the day of her parents wedding anniversary. Being the only child for the first 5 years, she was her father’s 5’o clock shadow and every time he came home from working on the railroad; it was a treat, for he may have goodies!
Her parents, Helen and Allen Tetschner raised 6 children in Sheridan, WY. Shirley took care of each of her siblings as they entered this world and she took care of her dog, Sport. The family would frequently visit the Grandparents’ farm in MT, where Shirley loved being around the animals. Family gatherings were an everyday occurrence with Shirley’s family. Love and laughter always filled Shirley’s heart with joy.
After graduating high school in 1954, Shirley trained as a telephone operator, in the days of the switchboard. One time, she recalled getting a familiar voice on the other end….it was her Dad! It was during this time she met her future husband, Ray Weinberg, at a dance social in MT. Her Grandparents knew the Weinbergs, and Shirley’s Grandma thought highly of Ray, and told Shirley that she needed to marry that nice boy! So after several correspondence letters and a few dates, Shirley and Ray were married on May 27, 1955, in Hardin, MT.
They bought their first car, a 1955 “President” Studebaker. Had their first child, Norman, in 1957. Soon after, they moved from WY to MT, due to Ray’s job. They eventually relocated and settled in the Flathead Valley in 1960. They quickly made friends and neighbors and Shirley became a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She loved being part of the congregation and was active in helping out wherever needed. Shirley was also a member of the East Side Circle club and loved her Bible study group.
In 1967, Shirley and Ray moved to their current residence, east of Kalispell, in the country. At the time, Shirley couldn’t imagine living so far out of town! Again, she quickly adapted to farm life and made friends out of neighbors, making lifelong friendships that still hold today. In 1969, her daughter Diane (a premature birth), was born in Denver, CO. Having a premie, Shirley became the definition of a Mother’s Love and never complained and knew every day was a gift.
Throughout Shirley’s life, she was just Mom. She created a special bond with both her children. Being so far apart in age, she took care of each, equally, and as each grew up, she became their lifelong best friend.
Shirley wore many “hats”. From chauffeur to sports practices, Norman, with football, and Diane, with basketball, to being a 4-H leader for both her children, an everyday nursemaid, a teacher, and her children’s cheerleader plus taking care of the farm and house with husband, Ray. As the children grew up, she was a part of the country school’s Mother’s Club. Shirley’s “job” as a Mom, was priceless! Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family. Please visit www.jgfuneralhome.com to leave condolences for the family.