Shelley Kaplan Wiseley

June 18, 1960May 14, 2019

Shelley Kaplan Wiseley of Columbus, Georgia passed away on May 14, 2019 after a long illness at age 58. The youngest daughter of Frances and Arthur Kaplan of Atlanta, Georgia, Shelley was a 1978 graduate of Briarcliff High School and a 1982 graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in mathematics. She began her teaching career at Lithonia High School as a high school mathematics teacher. She left teaching in 1984 to begin her family, but returned to teaching at the Yeshiva High School in Atlanta, Georgia, until the birth of her third child. As her children entered school, she returned to teaching, first at Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell, Georgia, and then Brookstone School when the family moved to Columbus, Georgia in 2007. She continued to teach high school mathematics until 2018. The greatest joys in her life were her children, grandchildren, students, and summers spent at the beach. She is survived by her husband, Oscar Lee Wiseley, Jr., to whom she was married for 35 years; her daughters, Rachel and Abigail; her son, Michael, and his wife, Danielle, and their two children, Banks and Olivia. Shelley is also survived by her sister, Judge Debra Turner, and her husband, Nelson Turner; her sister in law, Sarah Wiseley Elie, and her husband, Phillip Elie, and seven nieces and nephews. A celebration of Shelley’s life will be held at 2:30pm on Sunday, June 9th at Brookstone School in Columbus, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, donations in Shelley’s memory can be made to Columbus Hospice of Georgia & Alabama, and Brookstone School in Columbus, Georgia. Fond memories and condolences may be shared at for the Wiseley family.


  • Frances Kaplan, Mother
  • Arthur Kaplan, Father
  • Oscar Lee Wiseley, Jr.,, Husband
  • Rachel Wiseley, Daughter
  • Abigail Wiseley, Daughter
  • Michael Wiseley, Son
  • Danielle Wiseley, Daughter-in-law
  • Banks and Olivia. Wiseley, Grandchild
  • Judge Debra Turner, Sister
  • Nelson Turner, Brother-in-law
  • Sarah Wiseley Elie, Sister-in-law
  • Phillip Elie, Brother-in-law
  • Shelley also had seven nieces and nephews, other family members and many friend to cherish her memory.


9 June

A Celebration of Shelley's life

2:30 pm


Shelley Kaplan Wiseley

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May 21, 2019

Lee, I have so many fun memories of the four of us sharing so many good times when we were in our 20's and 30's. You and your kids are in my thoughts and prayers every day. With much love, Danny

Madison Cole

May 19, 2019

Lee, Sharon and I are so sorry to hear of Shelley's death. As someone in education, I know she was an outstanding teacher. I miss visiting with you and your great tax knowledge and equally great "irreverant" sense of humor.
Please let me treat you to dinner, the next time you are in Atlanta.
Matt Cole

Lisa Prescott

May 19, 2019

Shelley was my first real friend in Columbus when we moved back to Georgia. She was there to help me when I started teaching at Brookstone, the first person there for me when my daughter died, and my travel buddy.
I still cannot believe she is gone. I miss you every day, Shelley.

Barbara and John Dailey

May 15, 2019

To Lee, Michael, Rachel, and Abigail,

Words can't adequately express our sorrow over your loss! Shelley was a wonderful friend and neighbor.
It is because of Shelley that I went to work at Northbrook Preschool. She taught me how to make a wonderful chocolate mousse and sweet noodle kugel. My sons felt that Shelley was the best math teacher ever. Our old neighborhood was never the same after you moved to Columbus. The Dailey family will keep you all in our prayers as you grieve.

Barbara, John, John and Michael