Shirley Rath



Shirley Rath, 75, of Bismarck, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on April 26, 2023.

A Memorial Service will be held at Tuttle United Methodist Church on Thursday, May 4th, 2023, at 10:30 AM in Tuttle, ND. The burial will be at Tuttle Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Bismarck Funeral Home, with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM.

Shirley was born on February 25, 1948, to Alvin and Edna (Lennick) Schultz in Billings, MT. They then moved to Steele, ND, and lived on a farm between Steele and Tuttle. She graduated from Steele High School in 1966.

On October 12, 1968, she married Gerald “Jerry” Rath.  Together they lived on the family farm in Tuttle, ND where they farmed and raised cattle.   Jerry passed away in 2005 and Shirly moved to Bismarck in 2012.

Shirley was very proud of her family and loved her grandchildren dearly. Going to their activities brought Shirley great joy, she was their number one fan and went to as many activities as she could. Shirley’s favorite hobby was baking. She loved baking for her family. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, and gardening. She was very active in her church in Tuttle. She was a youth leader for many years among many other things. She had a great faith and loved the Lord dearly. Shirley was a very giving and kind person, the love she showed her family and friends will live on as we continue to cherish all our fond memories of her.

She will be dearly missed by her children, Michelle (Rick) Schock and Robert Rath; eight grandchildren, Krysta (Michael) Wishek, Emilee Rath, Braydin Rath, Aliya Schock, Payge Schock, Peyton Schock, Landyn Rath, Braelyn Rath; great grandson, Camden Wishek; sisters, Donna (Russ) Folmer and Gloria (Larry) Rott; brothers, Jim Schultz, Dave (Brenda) Schultz, Jerry Schultz, Tom (Becky) Schultz, Kenny (Brenda) Schultz, and Jack (Jan) Schultz; her beloved kitty, Mocha; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; her parents, Alvin and Edna Schultz; in-laws, Reuben and Albina Rath, and brother-in-law Leonard Rath.

In lieu of flowers the family asks you to donate to Furry Friends Rockin’ Rescue.

A livestream of the services will be available here.

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Oh no, I am so so sorry you have lost her, I just spoke with her 2 wks ago, she of course, did not like the nursing home(who does)she kept saying, I don’t want to be here. No more tears dear Shirley, you are definitely in JESUS’s loving arms. I can hear her singing

Last edited 1 year ago by Kathy Sue Schultz

I am so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. I remember being so kind and always showing her beautiful smile. god bless

So sad to hear of Shirley’s illness and passing. Prayers to all her family

I am so sorry to hear this news. Shirley was an amazing person and such a great friend to my mom! I loved her! I have great memories of her and vacationing with her family for a few summers before my mom passed away. Rest in peace, Shirley.