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March 30, 2023

1/13/2023 5:29:00 AM
Shirley Oldham

Shirley Oldham, age 88, of Rhinelander, passed away peacefully on Dec. 12, 2022 at the Country Terrace Senior Home. She was born in Crandon on March 21, 1934 to Rennie and Stella (Marvin) Smith.

Shirley was raised in Crandon and later moved to Kansas, California, Missouri, Oregon, North Carolina. She decided to return home to Wisconsin in 2009.

Shirley was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Most of her jobs were in the restaurant industry, as a waitress or hostess, and she was an outstanding sous chef at home to John (Sr.), her husband of many years.

Shirley is survived by her son John (Jr.) and daughter-in-law Mary, and son Bill and daughter-in-law Raye; her five grandchildren Joshua, Jeremy, Lindsay, Matthew, and Laura; and three great-grandchildren.

Shirley will be buried in the Northwoods National Cemetery with her husband John (Sr.), a World War II veteran.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Compassus Hospice Care, 111 E Davenport Street, Suite 101, Rhinelander, WI 54501.

There will be no services at this time for Shirley. You may leave your private condolences for the Oldham family at

The Carlson Funeral Home(715-369-1414) is handling the arrangements for the family.

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