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October 20, 2021

10/5/2021 9:26:00 AM
Klar, Shirley Mae (Strand)

Shirley Mae (Strand) Klar, 85 of Highland, Wisconsin passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at Schmitt Woodland Nursing Home in Richland Center due to complications from dementia. Shirley was born on May 17, 1936 in Racine, WI and was the daughter of Leona Anna (Angrick) and Ralph Wilhelm Strand.

Shirley attended Waterford Elementary and Middle School and went to Sauk City High School, where she was voted Homecoming Queen, participated in Band and was Valedictorian of her Class of 1954. Shirley went on to attend UW-Platteville where she earned both her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Elementary Education. While at the university, she was a member and Treasurer for the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority.

Shirley was united in marriage with Norbert Ley Klar (Bob) from Platteville on June 13, 1959 in Racine, Wisconsin at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church with a reception following at the Spinning Wheel in Racine. They honeymooned in many places, traveling to several states in the southeast. Bob's job took them to Wichita, Kansas for a few years, but they settled into their new home in Racine. Shirley first taught at Jefferson Elementary School (Racine) for many years. She was offered several teaching positions to include offers in both China and Alaska. In 1973 Shirley and Bob moved their family and took over Bob's family farm north of Highland, Wisconsin. Shirley helped Bob farm for 20 years. Bob and Shirley shared over 62 years of marriage together. Throughout those years, they were able to travel to numerous destinations around the world to include Africa, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Europe, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Vietnam and Cambodia to name a few and were lucky enough to visit all 50 of states.

Shirley taught at Highland Elementary School for 17 years. She then became Principal of the elementary school for several years, adding to her total 31 years of teaching. She also taught computer classes at Southwest Technical College. Shirley was also an avid member of the Catholic Church teaching Religious Education for high school students, serving as Eucharistic Minister and organist and was a member of two committees to build the new St. Anthony's Church. Shirley further exhibited her love for her community by volunteering as an EMT for Highland Ambulance Service for 25 years, including being Secretary/Treasurer. Shirley also worked at Lands' End in Dodgeville in their Sales and Training Department for 11 years. She even applied for the Teacher in Space Candidate Program with NASA at Kennedy Space Center. Shirley retired in October of 1992.

Shirley enjoyed fishing, knitting, crocheting, music, playing piano and organ, reading and playing cards and activities with her children and grandchildren. She was a strong, caring, fiery, giving, hardworking, thoughtful, and smart woman who will be missed by all who knew her.

Shirley is survived by her husband Bob, their four children: Barb (Dave) Stanek of Avoca, Kathy (Al) Woolford of Platteville, Mike (Julie) Klar of Dodgeville, and Peggy (Doug) Bomkamp of Highland, ten grandchildren: Luke Stanek, Logan (Cristina) Stanek, Adrianne (Alex) Woodford, Kassondra (Phil) Burton, Luke Marty, Mitch Marty, Noah (Lauren) Klar, Chris Bomkamp, Austin Bomkamp and Shelbey Bomkamp and four great-grandchildren: Allison Riley, Tucker Riley, Landon Riley and Payton Burton. Shirley was proceeded in death by her parents, Leona and Ralph Strand, her brother, Ronald Strand, brothers-in-law Richard Klar, Francis Klar, sisters-in-law Marilyn Klar Klosterman and Bonnie Klar Iverson and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A wake service will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Highland from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at St. Anthony's Church at 11:00 am with visitation at 10:00am prior to mass. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery. There will be a luncheon following Shirley's services in the basement of St Anthony's Catholic Church.

The family would like to send a special Thank You to Schmitt Woodland Nursing Home and their staff for the time, care and compassion provided for Shirley during her and her and her family's time of need.

The McGuire-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home, Highland is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

Highland 608-929-4815

McGuire-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home

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