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Shirley M. LaBrec

Shirley M. LaBrec

Shirley Mae LaBrec, age 84 passed away peacefully Sunday, December 27, 2020 at the Heritage Court Memory Care Unit in Eau Claire, with family by her side. 

Shirley was born in Germantown Township, Washington County, WI on May 4, 1936 to Joseph and Olga (Janke) Krajewski.  After her parents death at a young age she was raised in the Lima Township and Arkansaw areas by foster parents, Jim and Mary Ann Pattison and Ralph and Isabel Schlosser.  She attended and graduated from Holy Rosary Catholic School. 

On August 11, 1954 she married Ronald Karshbaum at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima, Durand.  They farmed and raised eight children in the Arkansaw area.  They later divorced and she married James LaBrec, Sr. on January 15, 2000 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arkansaw.

During her life Shirley earned her degree as a Dietician and worked for the Plum City Care Center in Plum City for over twenty years.  Mom had many talents and hobbies, she had a sewing machine that was never idle, canning shelves never empty, she loved to bake and cook for anyone who needed nourishment.  She also loved to square dance and helped her church with socials, fall festivals, and card parties.  After retirement Mom and Jim enjoyed going camping and fishing.  Their freezer was always full of fish to share with families. 

Above all she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She made her grandchildren and great grandchildren feel special with the handmade gifts that she made for them.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Jim; her eight children, Roxanne (Rod) Bauer, Janet (Dan) Weiss, David (Connie) Karshbaum, Karen (Ron Berger) Meyer, Sharon Cox, Lori Claro, Robert (Albert) Karshbaum, Amy Karshbaum; 18 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; Carol Danzinger, Janice Middle and Judy Karshbaum, Dick (Donna) Karshbaum, John Karshbaum; man nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.  She is further survived by Jim’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who were very important to Mom also.

She is preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings, Florence, Gertrude, Leonard, Andrew, James, Alfred, Art and Donald, also her special first cousins, Beverly and Pauline.

Shirley’s family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Court Memory Care Unit for the three years of loving care of our mother.  We would also like to thank the Inclusa care team for the many years of help caring for mom, and also thank the St. Croix Hospice team for helping care for mom at the end.

Due to Covid 19, a private family Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday January 8, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arkansaw with Very Rev. Joseph Okine-Quartrey officiating.  The Memorial Service will be Livestreamed on the Rhiel Funeral Home Facebook Page.  Graveside services will be held in the spring in the church cemetery.


  1. Donna Hempleman

    I would like to offer our sympathy to all our families for the loss of Shirley.

  2. Evan and Kayla Bauer

    Sending your family hugs and prayers during this time. Rest In Peace Shirley. God Bless you all.

  3. Mary Caturia Joslin

    Sending my thoughts to your family at Shirley's loss.

  4. Steven Schultz

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  5. The Shirley Milliren Family

    Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. Our most heartfelt condolences to the Karshbaum Family. We have many fond memories of your family. A mother is someone who never leaves us. All the wonderful things she brought into this world will live on forever.

  6. Elijah Barber

    I’m going to miss her so much. Her smile and laugh just made my entire day. May she rest in heaven and dance with her parents and siblings. I love you Shirley Mae.

  7. Kathy Hutter-Messier

    Condolences to the LaBrec and Karshbaum families. Special hugs for you, Uncle Jim.

  8. Susan Drier Kerr

    My deepest sympathy for your family. Wishing you strength and comfort during this difficult time. May the Lord help you find peace.

  9. Leah Milliren

    Shirley was a special lady, my deepest sympathies to the family.

  10. Bonnie Flynn

    Shirley was a good friend to my mom LaVerle Black when they worked together in the kitchen at the Plum City nursing home. She was a very thoughtful kind lady. My sympathy to all of you.

  11. Chuck Schlosser

    Shirley was a big part of our family, from the days back in the early 1950s when she lived with us, to helping my mother in her final years. Jim was also a great neighbor and family friend, you have our deepest sympathy in our loss.

  12. Vicci Rosenberg

    So sorry for your loss of Shirley. God bless!!

  13. Allan Baier

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers to you and your family from Al and Pat Baier

  14. Joe and Jan Drier

    Sending our Deepest Sympathy to the Family!

  15. Vickie Haglund

    I remember working with Shirley at the nursing home. She was a wonderful person. So sorry for your family’s loss.

  16. Larry and Rita Gruber

    We remember you mom as a friend and she will be in our prayers.

  17. Don and Jackie

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you

  18. Pat Frion

    So very sorry for your loss. Such a special, sweet lady.mu

  19. Mary A Schwartz

    So sorry for your loss she was a wonderful lady to care for when i had her for a client prayers to you all

  20. Jim Weiss

    We are very sorry for your loss

  21. Robert Brunner

    Deepest condolences to all the family.

  22. Barb Meixner

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you all.


    Sorry for your loss. You have our sympahy.
    Earl & Lori

  24. Donna Karshbaum

    So Sorry for Your Loss, Shirley was a Great and Beautiful Person, God Bless You All, Prayers and Hugs!????????????

  25. Greg and Debbie Weiss

    So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers. God Bless you all.????????

  26. Susan McDonnell

    Condolences from all of my family in Trempealeau. Dad and Shirley had many happy years together.

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