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ESCANABA – Shirley Eva Casperson, age 86, of Escanaba, passed away Wednesday morning, June 9, 2021 at her home surrounded by family, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born on June 16, 1934 in Escanaba, daughter of Ralph and Eva (Frappier) Drage. Shirley grew up and attended Escanaba where she graduated from the Escanaba High School Class of 1952. Following graduation, she worked in her family’s business, the Drage Gulf Mobile Station in Syrero Point as a lubricant technician performing changes in grease and oil. Shirley worked at the candy counter at Woolworth’s in Escanaba where she met the love of her life, Hubert Casperson. Shirley and Hubert were married on September 29, 1956 in Escanaba and he preceded her in death on February 3, 2004. Together, the couple shared 48 years of marriage and raised three children, Cindy, Thomas , and Eva. Shirley is a proud homemaker, raising her children, while also doing bookkeeping for Casperson and Son Trucking. He is a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba, and the Escanaba Eagle’s Club. In her younger years, Shirley played softball for the Escanaba Merchants as their 2nd baseman, sponsored by Bonefield Furniture. He enjoyed watching baseball and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. Shirley enjoyed gardening happily.
Shirley is survived by daughters, Cindy Charbonneau of Escanaba, and Eva Casperson (Judi Skradski) of Escanaba; daughter -in -law, Diane Casperson of Escanaba; five grandchildren, Christopher (Emily) Charbonneau, Ashley (Chan) Wakefield, Thomas (Renee) Casperson, Jr., Hillary (Jason) Ebbesen, and Dane (Brittany) Casperson; seven great -grandchildren, Finn and Ford Charbonneau, Oaklyn, Bryn, and Hugh Wakefield, Gabe Casperson, and Raegan Casperson; sister, Linda (Mark) Lapp of Little Rock, AR; and special nephew, Eric (Kim) Drage of Cornell.
In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by her son Thomas Casperson on November 29, 2020; and his brother, Ralph “Sonny” Drage.
The visitation will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating Shirley’s life will follow at 11:30 a.m. Saturday with a celebration by Pastor Robert Derheim. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of services in the church fellowship hall. The funeral will take place at the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. Anderson Funeral Homes is helping the Casperson family and online memories can be shared with www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.