Obituary: Shirley Rybicki, 82, Free Soil.

October 11, 2019

Shirley Rybicki

Obituary: Shirley Rybicki, 82, Free Soil.

Shirley Ann Rybicki, 82, of Free Soil, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Oakview Medical Care Facility.  

Shirley Benson was born on November 21, 1936 to Harold and Julia Benson.  She graduated from Ludington High School, class of 1954. Shirley married Charles Austin in June of 1954.  In September of 1991, Shirley was wed to Jerome Rybicki. Last month, they celebrated 28 years together.

Shirley was the office manager for K-Mart Corporation for 25 years, until her retirement in 1994.  She was a member of St. John Cantius Catholic Church where she served on the Rosary Society and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, where she lead Bingo for many years.  Shirley was proud to be a board member for Department of Health and Human Services and Oakview Medical Care Facility.

She could often be found baking, canning, crocheting, gambling, and going on senior bus tours.  She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Jerome Rybicki; children, Robert (Bonnie) Austin, Cheryl Devers; Jerry (Lori) Austin, and Julie (Sam Seymour) Martz; daughter-in-law, Colleen Austin; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; sister, Barbara Peplinski; and nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Julia Benson; son, Charles W. Austin; son-in-law, Richard Devers; first husband, Charles Austin; brother Harold Benson Jr.; and brother-in-law, Thomas Peplinski.

A Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. John Cantius Catholic Church with Rev. Daniel DePew presiding.  Visitation on Tuesday will begin at 10 a.m. at the church. Visitation will also be held on Monday, October 14, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oakview Medical Care Facility or St. John Cantius Catholic Church.

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Arrangements were entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington. 

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