Shirley Ann Reese, 89, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth.
Born on September 9, 1932 in Starke, Indiana she was the daughter of Walter and Mabel (Black) Casto.
She attended LaPaz High School graduating with the class of 1950. During her senior year of high school while cheerleading a basketball game, a young gentleman chasing after a loose ball fell in her lap. The rest was history and Shirley and Gale would be married on February 18, 1951 in North Judson. They shared 71 wonderful years of marriage.
Shirley attended Cosmetology school in South Bend and would cut and style hair out of her house for a few years. To contribute to meet the needs of a growing business she went to work for the telephone company before going to work with Gale running the books for Reese Equipment Company.
Throughout her life she lived out being a true Christian. She was a giver and always forgiving to so many, simply loving to serve. Strong, gentle and faithful are just a few words that come to mind as she was the best mother and wife to her children and her husband.
She was an avid reader and collector. Often collecting stamps, coins and keys. Shirley also loved to play games.
Her family admired her faith to Christ, her love of life and her family. Shirley left a tremendous Christian heritage to her family.
Shirley was a life long member of Shiloh Wesleyan Church.
She is survived by her husband Murland “Gale” Reese of Plymouth; children: Kathleen (Leslie) Kephart of Plymouth; Dennis (Janet) Reese of Plymouth; grandchildren: Marcus (Melinda) Kephart, Micah (Lisa) Kephart, Matthew (Courtney) Kephart, Myles Kephart, Kyle (Angela) Reese and Bryant (JoAnna) Reese; 14 great-grandchildren: brother Howard (Anne) Casto; sister Linda (Ed) Bope ; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, brother Walter Casto Jr. and her sister Midge Mohr.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at the Shiloh Wesleyan Church, 10532 4B Rd. Plymouth, IN 46506 from 11-1 pm. Funeral services will immediately follow with Pastor Rich Van Vuren officiating.
Please click the link below to live-stream the funeral service on July 6th at 1 pm.
Burial will take place in the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial contributions can be made to Shiloh Wesleyan Church, 10532 4B Rd. Plymouth, IN 46563.
rest in peace shirley a reese
Robert Holtzman says
Gale I am sorry for the loss of Shirley. I met her during the time I had done work for you. Shirley always had a smile and asked how I was doing. My condolences to you and your family. RIP Shirley.
Ren and Beverly Van Gilder says
Sending you our sympathy.
Ren and Beverly Van Gilder
Diane Berger says
Kathy & Denny… I’m sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing.. what a comfort to know where she is spending eternity. 🙏 I loved spending time at the Reese house… Shirley always provided a great time. She even let us run around town . 😂 God Bless
Don & Sandy Schultz says
Gale, we are so sorry to learn of Shirley’s passing. She was a wonderful lady who always had a beautiful smile, and was always kind and outgoing. I know you and the family will have lots of memories to share and cherish of her. Please know we will be keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers. She will be missed! Fly High Shirley!! Don and Sandy Schultz
Kevin and Donna Chaney says
Offering heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family. May she Rest In Peace
Patricia Kotronis says
Dear Uncle Gale, Kathy, Dennis and family,
May God bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult time and may her light continue to surround her. I will always remember Aunt Shirley’s warmth, love and humor (and her banter with my Dad;) , what a joy she was.
Patricia ( Casto) Kotronis and family
BARRY Faucett says
So sorry to hear about Shirley. Many cherished memories of Shiloh especially the Reese family.. I know you are comforted by Gods peace and presence. Barry