Shirley A. Baerlocher, 70

LEWISTON: Shirley Ann Lorentz Baerlocher, 70 of Cottonwood passed away Monday, February 17th, 2020 at her daughters home in Lewiston.

Shirley was born May 11, 1949 at Ferdinand, Idaho a daughter of Bud and Martha Arnzen Lorentz. She was the 7th of 8 children.

She graduated from Prairie High School and attended LCSC through the years. Shirley met her loving husband Milton Baerlocher and on June 29th, 1968 they were married. Thus, beginning a lifelong partnership. They raised 4 children. Shirley drove bus for almost 30 years for the Prairie School District and took care of her family. She shared her impeccable work ethic and family values with her children. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Shirley was a craftsman. She created many beautiful items with wood including gun cabinets and china hutches. She was also a seamstress, sewing most of her children’s clothing as they were growing up. Sewing both of her daughter’s wedding dresses are among her creation.

Quilting was a passion for Shirley. Each person in her immediate family has the privilege of having special quilts made by her. In recent years, she worked diligently to get quilts to as many veterans as she could.

Shirley and Milton were able to share time together with several members of their family traveling across the United States and abroad making may lasting memories. Shirley knew no strangers making and meeting many friends wherever she went. She always left you with a joke or memorable story and smile.

She is survived by her husband, Milton at their home in Cottonwood. She is also survived by her children, Shawn and Tessa of Athens, Alabama, Sheila and Bill Frei of Lewiston, Corey and Melissa of Colfax, Washington and Shari and Jeff Hottinger of Lewiston. 11 wonderful grandchildren, Brittany (Shane) Robinson, Ashley and Cody Baerlocher, Tristan, Tori and Teagan Frei, Chase, Cole and Hannah Baerlocher, Aiden and Drew Hottinger. Her sisters Marlene (Hank) Duclos, Sharon (Tom) Johnson and Sandy (Russ) Killborn. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bud and Martha along with all 4 of her brothers Ralph, Willard, Donald and Glenn.

A rosary will be held at 10:00 am Friday, February 21, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood followed by the funeral Mass at 10:30. Burial will follow at the Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

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