Shirley J. Pladson

Shirley J. PladsonShirley J. Pladson was born on April 21, 1933, in Lincoln, Neb.

She is survived by her brother, Robert (Dixie) Ahl, children Sherrie (Rudy) Torres, Valyn (Kelly) Baker, Leeanne (Randy) Eck, Brian (Judy) Pladson, and Karin (Randy) Zurn, Grandchildren, Carie Mahoney, Vince Caffee, Clint Caffee, Brian Caffee, Paul Gillette, Codi Lovett, Travis Gillette, Kyle Winkel, Jason Baker, Kiran Baker, Kaci Pladson, Erin Lanza, and Nicholas Zurn, 22 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren.

She graduated from Dinuba High School. In 1953, she arrived in Ridgrecrest with husband Gerald Zaretzka and daughter and soon went to work for her uncle, Gray Rager, as a bookkeeper in the K&R Market. In 1966, she went to work at the Naval Ordnance Test Station. During her 27 years she supported Sidewinder, Phoenix, and Tomahawk to name a few.

On Nov. 7, 1970, she married Mag Pladson. For many years they enjoyed cruising all over the world, camping at Pismo, and their involvement in the Sidewinder Party. She was a member of the Elks, the China Lake Museum Foundation, WACOM, and her bridge club. She also enjoyed golfing and volunteering at the WACOM Thrift Store.

In 2014, she moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, to be close to her daughter. On June 22, 2019, she lost her long time battle with dementia.

Services will be held at Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. at Desert Memorial Park.

— Submitted by the family of Shirley Pladson

Story First Published: 2019-09-27