Shirlee Sahs - April 16, 2013Shirlee Rose Luby Sahs, 80, of Lincoln, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 27, at 11:30 a.m. in Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th St., Lincoln.
Shirlee was born Aug. 31, 1932 to Clara and John Joseph Luby on the family homestead in Giltner. Her artistry in the kitchen began at an early age, helping to prepare large meals, three times daily, for farm laborers working in the fields.
She married John Sahs and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August of 2101, with friends, family and staff of Homestead Rehabilitation Center where they both have resided since 2006.
Initially settling in the suburbs of Detroit, Mich. following their marriage. As their family grew, they settled on an acreage in Rochester, Mich.From the late 1950s through the turbulant 1960s, it was at this home that Shirlee honed her skills as a homemaker, developing and perfecting her craft of feeding, clothing and caring for a home full of dynamic children and always hungry husband. An early indication of her prowess in the kitchen was recognized when she won first place blue ribbon at the Michigan State Fair for her soon-to-become-legendary canned dill pickles. During this time, Shirlee also found time to be a member of the Stagecrafters Theater Group.
Shirlee was the archetypal homemaker for the coming decades, embracing and dedicating her time and life to raising seven children.
She returned to Nebraska in the spring of 1970, residing for a few years in a home in east Lincoln and later settling at 1950 Ryons St. in south Lincoln for the next 30-plus years. At this home, she continued to prepare large meals for family, friends and neighbors, continuing the family tradition of always serving a formal dinner at 6 p.m. sharp. As if the Sahs household was not busy enough, Shirlee agreed to house and feed four Vietnamese refugees who needed temporary housing while they settled in Lincoln. For almost a year, Shirlee reveled in the opportunity to introduce her home cooking to these four young men and was thrilled to learn about their culture and cuisine, as well.
Outside of the home, Shirlee found time to work as assistant manager of the Heritage Craft Shop and was a regular volunteer at the Chet Ager Nature Center.
Shirley was gregarious, well-read and opinionated, and a master conversationalist, making friends easily with all she encountered.
Her love for spotting red cardinals in her backyard was equaled by her disdain for squirrels, following their workman-like destruction one winter of family mementos stored in the attic. Shirlee went on to trap more than 100 squirrels in their backyard and would transport them out of town for release in either Pioneer’s or Wilderness Park.
Shirlee was able to travel with two of her sisters to her family homeland of Ireland before her quality was impacted by Alzheimer’s in the early 2000s.
Survivors include her husband, John Sahs; seven children, Linda, Tanya, Jeff, Jan, Will, Matt and Jennifer; 11 grandchildren, Luke and Amanda Lakin, Justin and Leah Walker, Sean Sahs, Emma and Jessica Fuder, Ashley and Breanna Sahs, Claire and Owen Sahs; sisters Dorothy and Betty; many nieces and nephews.
Donations in Shirlee’s memory are suggested to Pioneers Park Nature Center.