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Shirley Soltes

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On July 11, 2019 @ 4:02 pm In Obituaries,Willoughby Hills | 8 Comments

SHIRLEY SOLTES (nee Wacko) age 81, beloved wife for 59 years of William; loving mother of Karen Backus (husband Kent), Patricia Kelleher (husband Kevin), William, Michael (wife Amy), and Mary Kay Bruner (husband Bradley); devoted grandmother of Erin Roberts (husband Tracy), Kelsey and Connor Kelleher, Anna, Nathan, and Adam Soltes, Katherine Bruner and great-grandmother of Riley; cherished daughter of the late Harry and Celia (nee Tunder) Wacko; dearest sister of Carol, Lucy, and Harriet; dear aunt and great-aunt of many.

Shirley was born on July 7, 1938 and passed away on July 10, 2019. She was born and raised in Cleveland and was a 1956 graduate of Marymount High School. In 1960 she married William Soltes. She was a homemaker most of her life caring for her 5 children. In 1969, the family moved to Richmond Heights and Shirley became an active member of St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church. She served on many committees over her 50 years as a parishioner. Catholic School education was very important to her and all her children attended Catholic Schools. She loved participating in sports and created and coached the first Girls CYO Program at St. Paschal Baylon.

Among many civic issues Shirley was passionate about was the unborn. She worked tirelessly for Cleveland Right to Life to educate the youth of its importance. She served on the board, ran the Right to Life Thrift Store in Bedford and created and ran the Cleveland Right to Life Art and Essay Contest for many years.

Shirley also enjoyed gardening, history, politics, bicycle riding, dancing to polka’s and singing. She was kind, loving, inquisitive, compassionate, and faithful to God and her family. Her husband William always said she had a heart of gold. Most of all, Shirley enjoyed being a mother, not just to her own children, but to many others. She will be dearly missed by all.

Contributions may be made in memory of Shirley to St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church or Ohio Right to Life at https://www.ohiolife.org/donate_form. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 15, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 5384 Wilson Mills Rd., Highland Heights, OH 44143. Entombment following at All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Shirley at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) SUNDAY 2-6 PM.

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Condolence from Rita Krebs on July 11th, 2019 8:38 pm

Shirley was a pro-life warrior! A committee of ONE. Will be so missed by all who knew her and loved her in the Pro-life movement.She left such a legacy.Wish I could have said Good-bye.May the songs of the angels welcome her!

Condolence from Evans family on July 12th, 2019 4:58 am

Remembering the family and heartfelt prayer. May the support of family and friends be a source of strength and the God of comfort a refuge and your time of need. Thoughts of peace.

Condolence from Susan Haffey on July 12th, 2019 9:46 am

MK & Family,
So sorry to hear. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Nancy O’Hara on July 12th, 2019 12:11 pm

To Uncle Billy & the whole Soltes family you have our sincere condolences at the loss of Aunt Shirley. She was kind and always thoughtful. She always checked in & kept up all the goings on back in Cleveland with our Mom (Dorothy) who we lost early last year. So very sorry. She has been and will continue to be in our prayers along with the rest of the family.
The Armstrong Family,
John, Beverley, Mark, Susan and Nancy

Condolence from Donna and Greg Brumbaugh on July 15th, 2019 6:59 am

We are very sorry for your loss Mary Kay. Prayers and thoughts going out to you and your family.

Condolence from Donna Apanasewicz on July 15th, 2019 9:01 am

I am terribly sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Cherie and Wayne Haynes on July 15th, 2019 10:13 am

Patty and family, Wayne and I were just heart broken to hear of your mom’s passing. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers today and in the coming days. You are all loved so much.

Condolence from Priscilla McMaster on July 16th, 2019 10:16 pm

Dear Soltes family~I am so sorry for your loss! Your mother and I reconnected a year ago, giving me the chance to know her wisdom and to remember her straightforward courage and love. She is so very proud of each of her beloved children. Holding your mother, father and each of you in Light, Peace and Love! Blessings, Priscilla McMaster (former Richmond Hts.neighbor)

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