Shirley M. Born

On Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, Shirley Martha (Ziemer) Born passed away at Anna John Resident Care Center with her family by her side.

Shirley was born on July 26, 1930, in Shawano to the late Ernest and Margaret (Wilber) Ziemer. On Aug. 14, 1950, she eloped to Dubuque, Iowa, with Wesley “Butch” Born, and they remained married for 53 years. As part of Butch’s job, they moved a lot but finally settled in Marion, residing there for over 30 years. Shirley called Marion “home.” She was happiest with a deck of cards in her hands, gardening or in her kitchen.

Shirley is survived by two daughters, Stacy Born, of Green Bay, and Mary (Ron) Scanlan, of Green Bay; her grandchildren, Mitchell Malueg, Krista (Rob Stone) Malueg, Branigan (Greg Ruatti) Collier, and Meghan (fiancé Adam Kiel) Scanlan; seven great-grandchildren; and her second daughter, Cindy Elmer Beardmore, of Janesville.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley, on Nov. 28, 2003; and her siblings, Elmer Wilber, Victor Ziemer, Audrey Krause and Margaret Norton.

Per Shirley’s request, a private family service is being held.

Mickelson Funeral and Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences at

The family would like to thank the amazing Dr. Jay Kinard and staff at Anna John Residential Care Center for the warm, compassionate care given to Shirley the last several years. It is a tribute to these caregivers that they expressed such tenderness right until the end.