Shirley Stearns

Bethalto | Friday, August 5 2022 |

Shirley A. Stearns, 90, of Bethalto, IL passed away on Friday, August 5, 2022, at 12:40 pm at Heritage Health in Staunton, IL. 

She was born on October 13, 1931, in Alton, IL the daughter of James and Ann (Tedrick) Zimmermann.

Shirley married her first husband Leonard “Bud” Schmidt, and later remarried Robert “Bob” Stearns, they both proceed to her in death.

Shirley enjoyed playing the piano and organ. She was an avid novelist as well as a crossword puzzle lover and Hallmark Channel enthusiast. In addition, she loved spending time farming with her husband as well as spending time with her beloved family and friends.

Shirley is survived by her children; Chris (Suprina) Schmidt of Bethalto, David (Connie) Schmidt of Wood River, Ginny (Larry) Ziglar of Staunton, Joe (Julie) Schmidt of St. Charles, MO, and Tom Schmidt of Roxana. Five grandchildren; Nicole, Tate, Miles, Evelyn, and Johanna. Two great-grandchildren; Eloise and Ava. One sister Dickie Connoyer of Bethalto. Two sisters-in-law; Sandra Dugger and Irene Connoyer both of Bethalto. Along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

Shirley was preceded in death by one sister Leota Meisenheimer; two brothers, Richard Zimmermann, and Boyd Zimmermann. One sister-in-law, Betty Bast; and four brothers-in-law; Bob Meisenheimer, Bub Connoyer, Tom Connoyer, and John Bast.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, from 10 am until service at 11 am at the Elias Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.  Burial following at Upper Alton Cemetery in Alton, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences and guest book may be found at

Obit Provided By:
Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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