Shirley Tischendorf, 83

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Shirley G. Tischendorf, 83, of Hammett, died Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at a Boise Hospital.

Services were held Saturday, March 31, at Our Lady of Limerick Catholic Church in Glenns Ferry.

Arrangements were under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home.

Shirley was born in North Tonawanda, N.Y., in September 1923 to Fancis and Genevieve. She grew up with her brother Dick and sisters Millie and Pat.

Shirley graduated from Tonawanda High School in 1940 with top honors. She was a member of the school's marching band.

In 1945, she married Earl Tischendorf in North Tonawanda at St. Christopher's Church. The couple raised four children: daughters, Pat (Chad) Dodge, and Sue (Terry) Jones; sons, Mike (Deborah) Tischendorf and John (Melanie) Tishendorf.

Shirley also was an acting mother to the endless line of her children's friends over the years, and a loyal neighbor to all those who knew her in the many places she lived, her family said.

Shirley worked at Bell Aircraft in Niagara Falls, NY., during WWII, and was a dedicated military wife, mother and homemaker.

Through the years, Shirley was active in: the Silver Sage Riding Club, the Red Hat Society, the Gray Lady (military hospital aid), and the Military Officers Wives Club.

She was a lifelong member of Laureate Sigma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and a lector at Our Lady of Limerick Catholic Church.

She was a volunteer chaperone at the Youth Services Center at Mountain Home AFB, a member of the Mountain Home Gutter Gussie's league, and a member of the Mountain Home Women's Bowling Hall of Fame (1997-98). She also was a troop leader for both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Shirley spent her entire life as a devout Catholic, dedicated to the Lord, her family and friends, her family said. "She was competitive, compassionate and generous with endless love for others."

She enjoyed cake decorating, sewing, drawing with charcoal, gardening, canning, and doing puzzles.

Shirley is survived by: her husband of 61 years, Earl Tischendorf; her children, Mike, Pat and Sue; nine grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandson.

Her son, John, preceded her in death.

The family asks that contributions be made, in Shirley's name, to Our Lady of Limerick Church, 113 W. Arthur Ave., Glenns Ferry, ID 83623.