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Shirley Rohland

December 21, 1925 December 27, 2018
Shirley Rohland
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Obituary for Shirley Rohland

Shirley Rohland, 93, of Withee, WI passed away peacefully at Wellington Assisted Living in Wausau, WI on December 27, 2018. She was born in Chicago on December 21, 1925 to William and Wilhelmina (Popp) Kuhs, Shirley was named Eleanor Bernice but was later changed to Shirley.

She had three brothers; William (Alice) Kuhs, Charles (Carol) Kuhs and David (Susan) Kuhs, two sisters; Alice (Tom) Tinnes and Dorothy (Jeff Lotz) Alejandre.

Shirley graduated from Harrison Technical High School, Chicago, IL. In 1943. A few years later graduated from Chicago Business School. She also attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. She moved with family to Warrenville, IL. In 1945. Shirley worked as a private secretary for various companies in the Chicago area. She was also a Nurses Aid at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago.

In the summer, Shirley would visit the Withee, WI area where she met her “Prince Charming,” Emil Rohland. They were married in Chicago, IL. On April 12, 1947, stayed and worked in Chicago for three years. In 1950, they purchased a farm NW of Withee, WI, and then moved to a second farm North of WIthee in 1955. They retired from farming in 1977.

Shirley was a wonderful loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and sister-in-law. She loved reading, gardening, sewing, knitting, crocheting, writing poetry and short stories. With a kind heart, Shirley always showed respect to everyone. During her most challenging times, she always had a smile on her face.

Shirley always loved sharing jokes from Reader’s Digest books.Shirley was involved in several activates over the years; Literacy Program Tutor for Clark County, 4-H leader, Drama Coach, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Teacher. She also worked for the Owen-Enterprise in Owen, WI as a typist, reporter and assistant to the editor. Shirley attened Alliance Community Church in Withee, WI.

She is survived by her eight children; Dennis (Helen) Rohland, Louise (Don) Luedke, Judy West, Darcy (Robert) Ciszewski, Scott (Hope) Rohland, Brenda Spath, Jeff Rohland, Melvin Rohland, and her 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 9 great great-grandchildren. Shirley is further survived by her brother Charles and sister Alice.

She is preceded in death by her husband Emil on April 22, 2015, parents, stepmother, Lucille (Kuhs) Jacobson, brothers; William (Alice) Kuhs, David (Susan) Kuhs, a sister Dorothy (Jeff Lotz) Alejandre, son-in-law Ron (Judy) West, foster son Jerry (Kim) Roberts and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A private burial and gathering will be held for Shirley’s immediate family only per her request.

Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family at this time. Online condolences may be expressed at

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