Shirley E. Wilda

Shirley E. Wilda, age 90, a lifelong resident of Manitowoc, passed away Monday August 31, 2020.

According to Shirley’s wishes, private memorial services will be held by the family.  Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery.

Shirley was born February 7, 1930, in Manitowoc, daughter of the late Joseph J. and Elizabeth Watzka Graczyk.  Shirley was a graduate of Lincoln High School, Manitowoc, with the class of l947.  On March 31, 1951, she was married to Raleigh J. (Ozzie) Wilda at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi.  He preceded her in death on September 29, 1995.

Shirley was a 50 year employee of Manitowoc County, having been employed in various departments at the courthouse, including her tenure of 36 years as chief deputy in the Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

She retired from active employment in 1997 and continued to perform on call services as a circuit court bailiff for many years after her retirement.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Manitowoc, a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a past officer of the past Manitowoc Women’s Bowling Association.  Shirley enjoyed traveling, golfing, bowling, gardening and a good card game.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law: Randy and Roxanne Wilda, Grand Rapids.   Mi,

grandchildren:  Regan Wilda, Grand Rapids, MI; Robert Wilda. Grand Rapids, Mi; Richard (Leslie) Wilda, Fort Collins, CO; and Emily (William) Corlin, Grand Rapids, MI;  a sister, Jan Sepnafski, Manitowoc, and a  sister-in-law,  JoAnn Graczyk,  Green Bay, WI.    She is further survived by great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; a sister, Eleanor Prahl, brothers, Norbert Graczyk, and Milton Graczyk, sister-in-law, Marion Graczyk and brothers-in-law Joe Sepnafski and Douglas Prahl.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting

The Lendman Funeral Home & Gathering Center is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.


  1. Eli Schmatz

    I worked with Shirley at the Probation and Parole office briefly but the short time we worked together I quickly came to admire her work ethic, her Sheephead skills and her love of life. She was special.

  2. Don Vogt

    Shirley let me know in no uncertain circumstances when I didn’t file something correctly in the Clerk of Courts office. She was a perfectionist. I hired her to help in the Probation and Parole office after she retired from the county. She was amazing.


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