Gehlhaart, Shirley Marie


Shirley Marie Gehlhaart, 86, of Lakeview, Ark., passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. 

Shirley was born on February 3, 1932, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Louis and Evelyn (Wick) Thelen.
After raising her children, she worked as a teller at Norwest Bank in Winona, cashier, bookkeeper and co-owner of a family business with her husband in Northern Wisconsin. She was a past matron of Eagle River, Wis., Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, sewing, knitting and crocheting.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Gehlhaart, of Lakeview; four children, Richard Gehlhaart Jr., of Winona, Minn., Donna Rae Gehlhaart, of Alexandria, Va., Deann Speltz (Joe), of Minnetonka, Minn., and Debra Nelson (Jim), of Menominee, Wis.; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Louis Thelen Jr.

Arrangements are private by Conner Family Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Memorials can be made in her name to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fla., 33607; or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105-9959. An online guestbook and obituary are available at


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