Shirley Mae (Frick) Wahl

Shirley Mae (Frick) Wahl, age 76, of Zanesville, went to reside with the Lord on Saturday, May 11, 2019, with her family by her side.  She was born on December 17, 1942, in her family’s farmhouse during a snowstorm in Zanesville, Ohio.  

Shirley was an active member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ for more than 45 years.  She graduated from Philo High School in 1960.  Shirley was a loving person with a generous heart and warm smile who made her family a priority.  She loved to volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital and spent much of her time thinking of others and trying to brighten the days of those around her.

Shirley had an unbelievable fight in her, surviving metastatic breast and brain cancers for more than 30 years, defying the odds repeatedly.  She has taught us the meaning of compassion, empathy, selflessness and grace under the most difficult of situations.  We feel blessed to have been able to call her our Wife and Mother.  

Surviving are her devoted husband of 57 years, Fred, children Scott (Trisha) Wahl, Sharon (Tim) Bankes, and Stephanie (Kevin) McConnell, and grandchildren Steve Wahl, Zach Bankes, Magnus and Breck McConnell, and sister Cathy (John) Boetcher. Brother-in-law Jim Heckel. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mary Frick and sister, Anita Heckel.  

The family would like to thank all of the special people who were able to help our family during Shirley’s battle with the lifelong changes that accompanied her cancer diagnosis.  Memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org), The Alfred Carr Center (carrcenter.org) and Susan G. Komen (komen.org) are appreciated by the family.  Calling hours will be Wednesday, May 15, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at William Thompson and Son Funeral Home in White Cottage, OH.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 16 at 11:00 am at the William Thompson and Son Funeral Home. Rev. Mitch Reed officiating. Burial will be in Zanesville Memorial Park.

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