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March 21, 2023

2/27/2023 10:14:00 AM
Sincox, Shirley Ann (Kuehl)

Shirley Ann (Kuehl) Sincox, 83, of Apple River, IL, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2023 at the Lafayette County Manor in Darlington, WI. Shirley was born in Mound City, South Dakota on March 15, 1939.

The Kuehl family moved to the northern Illinois area in the early 1950's where Shirley would become a proud graduate of Stockton High School (As she would say...Go Blackhawks!) She met William "Keith" Sincox and they wed on August 31, 1958 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Elizabeth, IL. They would go on to move around southwestern Wisconsin while having three children, settling in Ridgeway for 30 years before retiring to Apple River. Shirley held various jobs between housewife and secretarial work while the kids were growing up and ended her working years at Janlin Plastics and retired officially from Engineering Industries in Verona, WI. She loved reading, completing puzzles, walking, watching hummingbirds (affectionately known as her "hummers") and keeping a pristine yard (even though she complained often about it!). She relished in living next to her granddaughter and spending time with her while she grew up. Shirley was known specifically for loving to visit and travel with friends, especially Fern and Buster Stadel, Joanne and Virgil Martin, and Lillian and Leroy Beyer. Shirley and Keith traveled around the country and world on bus tours and cruises all throughout their lives. She loved spending time playing cards and especially singing with all of her siblings when their families got together. Shirley was known for her love of music, listening to her brother Dean sing with his band "The Nomads" and later "The Maddmen," visiting the Crystal Grand Music Theater and The Fireside often for shows and concerts. She was a devout woman and an avid church-goer who sang in many church choirs over the years, delighting in all opportunities to sing solos. They became regulars at Vince's Restaurant in Monroe, WI and will miss their visits with Giacomo. She will be missed for her beautiful voice and ability to crack a joke no matter the time or circumstance!

Shirley is survived by her husband of 64 years, Keith; daughter Kris (Steve) Olson and son Kevin (Julie) Sincox; only granddaughter Erin (Paul) Sincox; sister Esther Schlichting (Wayne) Wand and brother Dean (Darlene) Kuehl; sisters-in-law Doreen Kuehl and Marlene Burge; brothers-in-law Howard (Debbie) Sincox and John (Karen) Sincox; and her many nieces and nephews whom she adored and loved very much.

In addition to her parents August William Carl Kuehl and Sophia Louise Wandmacher Kuehl, she is preceded in death by her daughter Kathy Durst; brother Dietrich "Dick" (Hulda) Kuehl, sister Mina (Bill) Gotham, sister Elsie (Melvin) Kunz, brother Walter (Ada) Kuehl, sister Dorothy (Norman) Kolasch, brother Otto Kuehl, sister Adela (Milton) Burk; brother-in-law John Schlicting and sisters-in-law Jan Kuehl and Elaine Crom.

A visitation and memorial service will be held at the Apple River United Methodist Church in Apple River, IL on Friday, March 3rd. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon with a memorial service beginning at 12:00 p.m.

A graveside service at Elmwood Cemetery in Warren, IL will follow the memorial with a meal at the Apple River UMC afterward for family and friends to celebrate her memories. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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