January 29, 2020

Shirley A. Berry

Died Sept. 26, 2019


Shirley Alvin Berry, 89, of Sterling passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at his lifelong home.

He was born May 23, 1930, to the late Lloyd and Sarah (Keeney) Berry in Sterling. Shirley married Etha A. Warner Sept. 14, 1957, in Standish. Etha passed away Jan. 28, 2000. Shirley served in the U.S. Marine Corps Sept. 7, 1951, until Sept. 6, 1953, during the Korean War. He did basic training at Parris Island, S.C. Shirley served at Pohang Korea Base K-3.

He graduated from Sterling High School, where he was class president of his senior class, May 1949. At age 12 he developed tuberculosis and spent Aug. 12, 1942, until October 1943 in the TB sanitorium in Gaylord. His mother and father moved to Gaylord and worked at the sanitorium so they were able to see him daily. His sister, Mildred, was there at the same for one year. Shirley had four teachers at the Berry School in Melita: Imogene Peavy, Mary Hartwick, Esther Baker and Blanch Sullivan for the last year.

Shirley is survived by his three sons, Dean (Beverly) Berry, Daniel (Nancy) Berry and Greg Berry. His is also survived by three grandchildren, Michelle (Chris) Daniels, Scott Berry and Nikki Kopacki; three great-grandchildren, Zachary Daniels, Hanna Daniels and Michelle Meyers; and several nieces and nephews.

Shirley was predeceased by two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at 3 p.m. at the Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home Standish Chapel with Pastor John Tousciuk officiating and interment in Clayton Township Cemetery. The family greeted family and friends from 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, until time of service at 3 p.m. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home Standish Chapel.


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