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Shirley A. Deusch

May 23, 2022 | 4 comments

Shirley Ann Deusch, age 93, passed away peacefully April 13, 2022, at SpringBrook Assisted Living in Onalaska, WI. She was born March 5, 1929, to Miriam and Walter Stutsman in Rockford, IL. She married Lawrence (Larry) Deusch November 27, 1948, whom she met on a blind date while both were students at University of IL at Urbana-Champaign. They lived in Rockford and La Crosse;  Lakeland, FL, during retirement; and Wisconsin again for their last years.

Mom was an excellent pianist and vocalist/soloist. She loved to swim, play Bridge, golf, knit, and paint, and always set a beautiful holiday dinner table. She could still play a mean game of double solitaire at age 92.

She and Dad traveled around the US (including Hawaii and Alaska) and to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe, usually with family and friends; played cards; danced; golfed and organized golfing trips; and dabbled in the antique and llama businesses.

Mom worked in Champaign typing a psychology book, at Rockford Map Publishers doing hand-lettering on maps, and the UW-La Crosse Housing Office as an administrative assistant.
She is survived by daughters Karen Deusch and Connie (Don) Welch, now in La Crosse; 2 grandsons, Eric Welch (Jess Wartenweiler) and Brandon (Tiffany) Welch and great-granddaughter Presley; nieces Dail Stutsman and Debbra Bonvallet (Ross Bowser); nephews Jeff (Laura Fisher) Bonvallet, Steve Stutsman, and Mark Bonvallet; and several grand-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Pat (and Gordon) Bonvallet, and brother Mel (and Lorraine).

We graciously thank the caring staff at SpringBrook for the last few years. We also thank Recover Heath and St. Croix Hospice. A celebration of life will be held with family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.all.org. Online condolences may be made at www.couleecremation.com.

Mom loved her family; maintained friendships for decades; was gentle, kind, and patient; and always had an easy smile and laugh. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.



  1. Lois and Bob Kathan

    Please accept our sincere condolences. Your mom and dad and my husband Bob and I would often go out to dinner. Very memorable times for sure.

  2. Lisa Garner

    Connie, Sosorrytohere of your Mom’s passing. Lisa Garner

  3. Rhonda Doely

    You have my sympathy, Connie (and family).

  4. Marcia Schultz

    I became friends with your mom and dad when they lived in Lakeland and would occasionally go out to dinner or a theater show with them. I missed them when they left but knew they were looking forward to being near their family. Sending you all my prayers and condolences. Lovely people and will be missed.


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