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Shirley Aaron

February 26th, 2010

Shirley Aaron (nee Cohn) of Glendale died Jan. 8 at age 90 of a perforated colon.

Born Nov. 14, 1919, Shirley graduated from West Division High School in 1937 and then worked as an administrative assistant.

After her husband, Joseph Aaron, returned from serving in World War II, the couple immediately started a family. In the 1980s, she again worked as an administrative assistant, this time for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

A member of Congregation Shalom and its Sisterhood, she belonged to B’nai B’rith, Hadassah and ORT. 

According to daughter Marlene (Marvin) Lauwasser of Mequon, she was a “fantastic cook, baker extraordinaire, and a wonderful and loving mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother.”

“Shirley was a devoted wife and mother and shared life and music with her husband for 65 years,” she said.

“She was known as a ‘Joe Aaron Groupie’ and loved to listen to Joe and her son Rick play music together,” Lauwasser said. “Shirley’s love of family leaves a lasting legacy.”

In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by son Richard (Vivian) Aaron of Glendale, sister Ethel Atinsky of Whitefish Bay, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was buried in Second Home Cemetery. Rabbis David Cohen and Ronald M. Shapiro officiated. Blane Goodman Funeral Service handled the arrangements.

The family requests memorial contributions to the Joe Aaron Scholarship Fund at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee or the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.