Shirley Grace (Thompson) Wetmiller passed away peacefully at the Englewood Hospital in Englewood FL on August 5, 2014. She was born on February 12, 1926, in Orlando, FL. She was the daughter of Reginald and Clara Thompson. Shirley’s sister is Dorothy Browning of Orlando, FL, a brother, Robert Thompson of Homosassa, FL and a deceased brother, William Thompson who lived in Arizona. She grew up in Orlando and Berlin, PA, graduating from Orlando High School in 1944. Shirley married her sweetheart, Dick Wetmiller (deceased on May 17, 2012) on July 6, 1945 in Orlando, Florida, where Dick was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Married in Orlando, they met during her time growing up in Berlin, years earlier.
Upon returning to Berlin after the war, Shirley lived there for the next 45 years. In addition to supporting Dick’s career endeavors and raising a family, she was very civic minded and served in many capacities. For many years, Shirley was a Women’s leader, Youth leader and Sunday School teacher at Trinity United Church of Christ in Berlin. She was a member of the Pius Springs Women’s Club in Berlin, having served as President there and at the County level. She was a longtime member of the Somerset Country Club and enjoyed the social atmosphere very much. She was a founding Board member of The Miller Memorial Center assuring medical and dental services in and around Berlin. Shirley worked as an advisor for several years of the Berlin Maple Princess contest and was proud to have assisted in bringing the Maple Queen title to Berlin on several occasions. She also was a volunteer at the Somerset Community Hospital for 15 years. Prior to retirement, Shirley and Dick lived at their beloved “Snowhill” in Berlin. There were many good times with family, friends, dogs, picnics, holidays and Shirley always spoke fondly of her memories spent at this home.
In 1990, Shirley and Dick retired to Boca Grande, FL where she was active in the Boca Grande Methodist Church as a Prayer Chain leader and helped to start the annual Strawberry Festival. She developed many new friendships and was excited to host family and northern friends, especially during winter months! Shirley truly enjoyed retirement spent with Dick in Boca Grande and later in Placida.
Shirley and Dick raised four sons: David, George, Mark and Martin. Reverend David had two sons – Jon (Kerry), and Tim. David passed away unexpectedly on July 22, 1998. George and his wife Alicia of State College, PA have a son, Eric (Cyndi), and two daughters, Jennifer and Allyson. Mark and his wife Melody of Shelburne, VT and Placida, FL have two daughters, Lindsey (Tim) and Madison. Marty and his wife Sherry of Rotonda West, FL have four sons, Alex, Andy, Ben and Nick. Shirley also had four great-grandchildren, Sam and Henry (Eric), and Matthew and Meredith (Jennifer). She loved her children and grandchildren and looked forward to hearing from and about her family.
Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family and burial will be in Berlin. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends memorial contributions be given to the Suncoast Humane Society at www.suncoasthumane.org.
Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. You may express your condolences to the family at lemonbayfh.com.