Obituary: Lois Shaw

b. 1935 – Jan. 30, 2024

Lois K. Shaw, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, at Pine Crest Village after a prolonged struggle with dementia. Born in Manitowoc, in 1935 (“Me and Social Security!” she often said), Lois was the youngest daughter of the late Louis and Florence (Pierson) Klingbiel. She graduated from Manitowoc’s Lincoln High School in 1953 and went on to train as a Medical Laboratory Technician in Minneapolis. In 1956, she married Bruce C. Shaw in Manitowoc. In 1974, they made Sturgeon Bay their home.

Lois was a strong alto and loved to sing – anytime, anywhere, making a joyful noise to the Lord. She “harmonized the world” with the Sweet Adelines and was a devoted member of the choir and Circle Singers at Hope United Church of Christ. She loved her church and church family and was a member of Hope Church for 49 years. She enjoyed golf and played in local leagues for many years. She rarely missed a chance to travel, especially to visit National Parks on “girl’s trips” with her daughters. At home, she tended the flowers in her yard. Lois never lost her appreciation of sunsets over the bay and frequently walked to Sunset Park to enjoy yet another.

Her passing leaves a void in the hearts of her family and many friends, who will deeply miss her. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Edith Denk and Robert Klingbiel, ex-husband Bruce Shaw, and son Timothy Shaw. Lois is survived by two sisters-in-law, Bonita Klingbiel of Fond du Lac and Jane Shaw of Sherwood, children Michael Shaw and Suzanne (Ronald) Miller of Sturgeon Bay and Sarah (Charles) Willems of Charlotte, North Carolina. Known affectionately as “Granny,” Lois was a loving and kind grandmother to Grant Shaw, Elliot (fiancée, Hannah Strauss) Shaw, Michael (Meagan) Wilderwoods, Matthew (Shannon Montano) Wilder, Sydney Willems and Bryce Willems, step-grandson John (fiancée, Lindsey Tyler) Miller, and great-granddaughter Penelope Violet Shaw.

A memorial service to celebrate Lois’s life will be held this summer. Details will be forthcoming. Her family thanks Unity Hospice, and especially the staff and residents at Pine Crest Village, Lois’s home for over nine years. Memorials to honor Lois’s life can be made to Hope United Church of Christ or the Door County Land Trust. Forbes Funeral Home is serving the family