Shirley's Story

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Shirley Jean (Welker) Brandau, of Lewisburg, followed the light on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at RiverWoods Nursing Home, Lewisburg, at the age of 86.
She was born Aug. 28, 1930, in Sunbury, a daughter of the late William Cares and Mary Mildred (Raker) Welker. On March 18, 1951, Palm Sunday, she married Walter Lee Brandau of the Sunbury/Selinsgrove area, a son of the late Martin Edward and Dorothy Alice (Seiwell/Richards) Brandau.

Shirley was a 1948 graduate of Sunbury High School.
She was first employed in the office at Brosius Lumber, Sunbury, and was the church secretary at Zion Lutheran Church, Sunbury.
Along with her husband, Wally, who ministered at the parishes of Saint John's Lutheran in Espy and joint parish of Hidlay Lutheran in Bloomsburg from 1955 to 1959; Holy Trinity Lutheran in Berlin from 1959 to 1967; Trinity Lutheran in Milton from 1967 to 1977; Mount Calvary in Johnstown from 1977 to 1985; and Saint Mark's Lutheran in Williamsport from 1985 to 1995, Shirley was a member of the choirs, church councils and the women's groups.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, camping, swimming, quilting, as well as being involved with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

Shirley is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Rebekah and Robert K. Miller Jr., of Milton; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Lee and Barbara (Neitz) Brandau, of Milton, Mark and Patricia (Mauger) Brandau, of Mooresville, N.C., Timothy Brandau, of Paxinos, and Edward and Amy (Kocis) Brandau, of Johnstown; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Shirley (Brandau) Tyler, of Saint Petersburg, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Nancy Eileen; and one brother, William Cares Welker Jr.

Preparations for cremation have been arranged through Shaw Funeral Home, 400 N. Front St., Milton. A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Christ Lutheran Church, Lewisburg.
Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Condolences may be shared at www.shawfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published on October 24, 2016
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