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Shirley Doolittle of Woodruff died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Season of Life Hospice House in Woodruff. She was 83.

Doolittle was born in 1929 in Rockford, Ill., the daughter of Syd and Rosabel Doolittle.

At the age of 17 months, she moved with her family to her grandfather’s resort, Evergreen Lodge, in Boulder Junction. She then moved to Resort of the Woods in Boulder Junction in 1934, which the family purchased later that year.

Doolittle attended Boulder Junction Grade School and Eagle River Union High School and also the University of Minnesota. She worked for three years with 7- to 12-year-old children in the inner city, then moved to the Lake Minnetonka area west of the Twin Cities. There she and her husband, Mike, created and directed the Stubbs Bay Child Development Center.

Her hobbies included playing piano for Sunday School and church, sports, reading and writing.

She was preceeded in death by her daughter, Karen Cuff of Manitowish Waters.

Survivors include one sister, Phyllis (Robert) Luethy of Waterford; daughters, Julie Williams (Robert) of Ber­trand, Neb. and Kathy Thom (Dave) of Scottsdale, Ariz; sons, Bill Gabert (Marilyn) of Boulder Junction, Greg Filbrandt of Osseo, Minn. and Mark Filbrandt of Minnesota; son-in-law, Mark Cuff of Manitowish Waters;  and four grandchildren.

Memorial service arrangements are pending and will be publicized at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Boulder Junction Community Chur­ch, c/o Bill Gabert Jr., P.O. Box 323, Boulder Junction, WI 54512.

Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services of Minocqua and Woodruff is serving the family. Online condolences may be shared at

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 9:00 PM

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