Shirley J. Matrisciano

Jan. 10, 1938 – July 2, 2019

Shirley Jean Matrisciano, 81, of Wilber, formerly of Western, died July 2, 2019, at Bryan Health East Campus in Lincoln, surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 10, 1938, to James and Elizabeth (Kratina) Rischling. She attended beauty school after graduating from Western High School in 1955.

She married Joe Matrisciano on Nov. 6, 1958, and together they had three children, Todd, Tim and Monica. Shirley and Joe lived in many communities around the state of Nebraska, making many friends and memories along the way. Shirley loved cooking, planting flowers, watching sports and visiting with friends and family, but her family was most important to her. Perhaps her favorite role was being Grandma to Danielle and Nathan.

Shirley is survived by Todd, Elizabeth, Eduardo, Aislim, Elizabeth, Jessica, Tim, Teresa, Dani, Monica, Nate and her special friend, Gene Busboom, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe; and her brother, Jim; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and brothers and sisters-in-law. Her positive outlook and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber. Interment will follow at Plainview Cemetery in Western.  She was cremated, so there will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for future designation. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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