Tuesday, June 7, 2016
In Memory of Shirley Bertrand, Shirley's Doll House
and couldn't wait for the next trip.
Recently, Theriaullt's included some of her dolls in their auctions. I know she had a great
collection, and on one visit, we had quite a chat with her husband. Each month during the late 80s and
early 90s brought a fresh newsletter from the doll house, and I eagerly anticipated them. I've saved
them all. Even in San Jose, and the Holiday of Black Dolls Festival in 1990, their were postcards
promoting dolls offered by Shirley's.
Like another Shirley we all know and love, Mrs. Bertrand was a beloved institution in the world of doll
collecting. In fact, it was there I first saw the action figure of Muhammad Ali, who left us only this week.
She had everything there, and her doll library alone made your drool. May she rest in peace, may
all in the doll world know she was loved and will be missed.
Shirley M. Bertrand nee Palmer age 78 of Wadsworth, IL formerly of Menomonie, WI. Cherished daughter of the late William and late Evelyn Palmer. Beloved mother of Susan Wade, John (Mary Sue) Petersen, Steve (Kim) Petersen and Ellen (Ed) Stober. Loving grandmother of Samantha, Nick, Dan, Stephanie, Jeff, Lindsey, Abbey, Christian, Eric, Kylie, Maggie and the late Billy. Fond sister of the late Florence (late Paul) Sorenson and Roger (Gloria) Palmer. Aunt of many. Shirley was the proud Owner of Shirley’s Dollhouse in Wheeling for 40 years.
Visitation Saturday 1 pm until time of Life Celebration Service at 5:30 pm at Kolssak Funeral Home, 189 S. Milwaukee Ave. (2 Blocks South of Dundee Road) Wheeling. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org appreciated. For Funeral info 847.537.6600, www.funerals.pro