Shirley Bartow

Date of Death: Feb 01, 2021
Shirley Bartow

1930 - 2021

Shirley C. Bartow, 90, formerly of Waupun, was called to her heavenly home on February 1, 2021, at her Oakwood Manor residence in Oshkosh.

She was born on November 17, 1930, in Milwaukee, daughter of John and Clara Karmann. They moved to Waupun where Shirley met and married Arthur P. Bartow, her one true love, on May 5, 1951, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Together they joyfully raised five sons and a daughter on a beautiful bit of land they called Happy Acres. Shirley was a 1948 graduate of Waupun High School. Prior to her marriage, she worked as an executive secretary at Shaler Company. She dedicated her life to her family and was a fierce advocate for their dreams. Shirley served her faith and community as a volunteer and was active on the St. Joseph’s Altar Society and many committees. She worked long hours supporting church events and made them more beautiful by sharing her talents in the kitchen, in the choir and as a floral designer. She enjoyed her time on the hospital auxiliary and volunteering at the senior center. Shirley appreciated the beauty of nature, most especially flowers, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Her greatest request was that her children be kind and love one another. Shirley’s loving children are Mark (Julie) Bartow, Arthur (Sherry) Bartow, Tim (Brenda) Bartow, all of Waupun, John (Brenda) Bartow of Winneconne, Kathy (Roger) Schultz of Fitchburg, and Robert Bartow of Hendersonville, TN. She adored her grandchildren, Ryan and Andrew Bartow, Abraham (Sarah) Bartow, Jessica Bartow, Alex (Kira) Bartow, Mary Jo (Jason) Pick, Daniel (Katy) Bartow, Sarah and Grace Bartow, Samuel (Jennifer) Schultz, Joshua, Zachary and Ian Bartow; her great grandchildren, Colton, Brennon, Ashton, Arya, Arthur, Addison, Aiden and Charlotte, and great-great granddaughter, Joelle. She is survived by her sister, Mary Hardwick of Pueblo, Colorado and many nieces and nephews. Her husband, her grandson Zachary, and her great grandson Zander, preceded her in death.


A private service will be held.

Memorial Contributions

Memorial donations in Shirley’s honor may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Waupun.



  1. delores miller Says: February 4, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    rest in peace, my friend Shirley, with Art,.

  2. Dennis & Joyce Nikolaus Says: February 5, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Good-bye to a great lady. We always enjoyed the 4th of July picnics. We were hoping to visit with her when this pandemic would let us, but we have wonderful memories! Rest in peace with Uncle Art!

  3. I’m not sure if my previous condolence went through or not but I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the family. Shirley was a special friend of mine. We were in the same card club together. We didn’t always win but we always had fun. She was so kind to me when I lost my husband. I’m happy I had her in my life.

  4. Mary Hardwick Says: February 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Dear Sister, Climb the tunnel to the light and dance among the flowers with your wonderful husband Arthur. Be at peace for you are now pain free and happy.
    I Love you, Mary

  5. Tim & Brenda Egan Says: February 6, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Dear Bartow family, We are so saddened to hear about your Mom. You have our deepest sympathy. Reading your mom’s story made us smile remembering how involved she was at St. Joe’s. She was a true Church Lady that Dana Carvey couldn’t hold a votive candle to. Her children and grandchildren is what she was most proud of and rightfully so. You kids too have a great Mom to be proud of. The world just lost a heck of a lady.

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