Shirley Ann (Bernert) Newman

November 25, 2008

By Contributor

Shirley Ann (Bernert) Newman, died peacefully Nov. 15, 2008, at her home in Shelton, after a six-year battle with cancer. As was her nature, she displayed courage and determination to the very end. She was 73.


 At her request, there will be no service.

Shirley Newman

Shirley Newman

Shirley was born Sept. 26, 1935, to Henry and Pearl Bernert. Born and raised in Renton, Shirley attended Issaquah schools, graduating from Issaquah High School in 1953. She was crowned Miss Issaquah in 1953 which earned her the nickname of “Queenie” from her brother Larry. On Sept. 17, 1954, she married her high school sweetheart, Bill Newman. After several years of living in Issaquah, Bill and Shirley settled in Coalfield, a community between Issaquah and Renton, where they raised their three children. 

For many years, Shirley worked in the data entry profession as a keypunch operator working for many companies, including Sears and Roebuck, K & L Beverage, Seattle Housing Authority and Sterling Recreation Organization. In 1980, Shirley and her husband began their own business, manufacturing parts and pieces for companies, such as Boeing, O’Brien Skis and Davis Walker Wire. 

After 18 years in business, they decided to retire and enjoy the rest of their lives. In 1993, they moved to Shelton, where they enjoyed the relaxed nature of their new community, making new friends and traveling in their RV. Shirley was an active member of the RV club and an avid pinochle player.

Shirley was a wonderful person who was full of life. She treasured her family and friends, but no one was more special to her than her husband Bill. She will be deeply missed, but will forever live in our hearts.

Shirley is survived by her husband and best friend of 54 years Bill; her three children, Ken Newman, Kathryn A. Jerkovich (Mike) and Jeanne Daniels (Bruce); six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her brother Larry Bernert (Doreen); and five nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Shirley’s name to Seattle Children’s Cancer Research www.seattlechildrens.org or the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org.

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