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Monday, September 24, 2012

Shirley Schirmer, wife of PNA/WA Capt. David Schirmer

Shirley Jones Schirmer, widow of PNA/WA pilot Dave Schirmer
7/22/1925 ~ 9/3/2012
Notification of the passing of Shirley Jones Schirmer, widow of Woodley/PNA/WA pilot Capt. David Schirmer.  Shirley was 87 years of age at the time of her passing.  Captain David W. Schirmer, born February 7, 1918, passed away May 26, 2005, also at the age of 87.
Both obituaries appear below as well.  Shirley most recently had resided at 
1845 Sakai Village Loop , Bainbridge Island  WA 98110-1883.
Shirley Jones Schirmer
Bainbridge Island, Washington. Beloved wife, mother, aunt, sister, and grandmother, Shirley Schirmer died peacefully in her home on Labor Day concluding a life of music, travel, family, and friendships. Her loving husband David W. Schirmer preceded Shirley in death. She is survived by her four children; Carol, David, Michael (Lisa), and Richard (Julie). She leaves behind six grandchildren: Andrew, Nathan, Daniel, Nicholas, Alex, and Jonathan.
Born in San Francisco, Shirley developed a keen interest in the piano at an early age. She played in many recitals and competitions for scholarships. In her teen years, Shirley won a highly coveted scholarship to study with Maxim Schapiro in San Francisco, becoming a virtuoso performer in the classical music genre. During the war, Shirley tested aviation fuel at the Standard Oil Refinery in Richmond, CA. She also performed at local dance halls and cabarets throughout the Bay Area. After the war, Shirley travelled to Alaska to visit her Uncle "Jonesy" who owned the Aurora Lodge in Fairbanks. It was there, while playing piano that Shirley met her husband Dave, a pilot for Woodley Airways. They married in Anchorage May 13, 1951. Shirley performed music on two radio programs and with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra while living in Alaska. After moving to Seattle in 1953, Shirley worked at raising four young children, gourmet cooking, decorating the family home, and entertaining family and friends with large gatherings especially during 4th of July and Christmas celebrations. Shirley maintained her piano playing talent coming out of retirement for a special performance with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra in November, 1960. The highly promoted event was a smash success with many national and international dignitaries in attendance. When husband Dave retired from Western Airlines in 1978, the couple moved from Mercer Island to Bainbridge Island. They joined Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church and remained steadfast members for the rest of their lives. Shirley remained very active to the end. She was a member of the Bainbridge Island Republican Women, she travelled, played music, read many books, spent time with family, friends, and church activities. Following the passing of her husband in 2005, her interest and devotion to her children and grandchildren was at the center of her life along with her Mariner's church group, and always, the music.
A memorial service will be held at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church Saturday, September 29th at 11:00 a.m.
Sign Shirley's on-line Guest Book at www.Legacy.com
.Published in The Seattle Times from September 24 to September 26, 2012.
DAVID SCHIRMER: Newspaper Obituary 
Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, WA) - Friday, June 3, 2005
Feb. 7, 1918 ~ May 26, 2005
David W. Schirmer, 87, of Bainbridge Island died May 26 on Bainbridge Island.
He was born in El Dorado, Kan., to Herman and Mary (Brown) Schirmer. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he served in the Army Air Corps as a B-17 pilot and returned home in 1944.
He earned a degree from the University of Washington and worked for Pacific Northern Airlines. After a distinguished career, he retired in 1978 as a DC-10 captain with Western Airlines.
On May 13, 1951, he married Shirley Jones in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Schirmer was a devoted husband and father who enjoyed boating and family activities.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years; a daughter, Carol; three sons, David, Michael and his wife, Lisa, Richard and his wife, Julie; five grandsons, Andrew, Nathan, Daniel, Nicholas, Alex and Jonathan; and brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Lois, Bill and Ellen and Donald and Harriet.
Memorial service: 3 p.m. Tuesday at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, Bainbridge Island, where Mr. Schirmer was an elder for many years. Arrangements: Kass Funeral Home.

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