Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home

5005 Se 29Th Street, Del City, OK


Shirley Ann Cicalese

February 15, 1935September 7, 2019

Shirley Ann (Baustert) Cicalese of Midwest City passed away in her home September 7, 2019. She was born in the middle of a dust storm on February 15, 1935 in Okarche, Oklahoma to Nick and Gladys Baustert. She was the oldest daughter and big sister in a family of fourteen children. Shirley graduated from Holy Trinity High School and worked as a nurse’s aide at Okarche hospital. She married Andy Schoelen, August 3, 1955. Shirley was very active in the St. Philip Neri Parish as a member of the Altar Society and choir. She received her LPN degree in 1976 and worked at Midwest City Hospital. She re-married in May 1978 to John Cicalese and moved to Burke, Virginia. She worked as an LPN for 12 years until she and John retired in 1990 to Oklahoma and built their retirement home in Union City. They were active members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for many years. After John’s passing in 2009, she returned to Midwest City to be closer to her children and their families.

She was preceded in death by John & Andy, her parents and 5 siblings; Jan, Mark, Melanie, Bernice and Joe. She is survived by 8 siblings and their spouses; Nick Baustert (Pat), Karlene Taylor, David Baustert (Carol), Lucy Beecher (Gerald), Steve Baustert, Diane Lippoldt (Larry), Mary Humpal (Jim) and Jerry Baustert. Shirley is also survived by her seven children and their spouses; Andrea Matthews (Randy), Jim Schoelen (Becky), Paul Schoelen (Judy), Maria Cornwell (Michael), Chris Schoelen (Karen), Donna Rice and Carol Jackson (Devin). She is also blessed with and survived by 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces/nephews who will miss her dearly.

A vigil service will be held on Thursday evening at 6pm September 12, 2019 at St. Philip Neri. Funeral Services will be held at 11am Friday, September 13, 2019 at St. Philip Neri. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Union City, Oklahoma.


  • Jacob Matthews
  • Dane Schoelen
  • Matthew Schoelen
  • Mark Schoelen
  • Derek Cantrell
  • Christian Schoelen
  • Sam Schoelen, Honorary


  • Vigil Service Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Burial Friday, September 13, 2019


Shirley Ann Cicalese

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Father Jack Feehily

September 12, 2019

Shirley was one of a kind. Her selfless devotion and service to her family, church, and Lord made a positive impact on me. It was an honor for me to be her pastor and friend. I extend my sincere condolences to all her children. Your mom was the best! May she enjoy the company of her loved ones in the heaven she always aspired to.

Richard Coffman

September 12, 2019

To Cousin Shirley and her family and the rest of the Baustert Clan:
May God bless and protect all of you at this sorrowful time. Although I have to go back 70+ years of memory to remember all the fun times we little cousins had playing together in the 1940's & 50's at Grandpa Baustert's farm in Okarche when we played in the big barn, chicken houses, the big windmill, the lake, Uncle Vic's big shed with its beer coolers and sausage making equipment, I can still remember those beautiful and fun days. And Shirley, you were one of our supposedly Senior supervisors trying your best to prevent all of us kids from hurting ourselves or destroying the buildings or chickens on the farm. But I remember you having as much mischievous fun as we were having. And remember Grandpa's and Grandma's 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration party on the farm. Wow! What a party for all; but especially for the cousins and other younger kids attending. I have never eaten so much ice cream or drank so much soda pop (including chocolate soda pop) in my life. There must have been over 1,000 people there it seemed to me. And the big Anniversary cake, with 12 rabbits on it for their children and I thing 36 or so jelly beans for the current number of grandkids at the time. Wow, I don't know how many jelly beans it would take for the current count, but maybe in the 100's. And our uncles had fun at the party. I think they had to refill the beer trough many, many times. Shirley, as you look down from heaven on all of us still here on earth, see if you can persuade some of our younger great and great grand kids and cousins, etc. to have another one of those fabulous reunion type parties at Grandpa's Farm in Okarche. I would think those of us still alive would attend (and help fund it) and bring as many of our children, grand children and great grandchildren to see what fun their parents had many, many years ago at Grandpa and Grandma's farm in Okarche. God bless you Shirley and you family.
Richard Coffman (Kate Baustert's son, grew up in Ponca City)
Lake Conroe, TX

Lynda Davenport

September 12, 2019

We are so very sorry to hear the sad news about Shirley. Living in Louisiana we did not get to make the lovely memories that many of the tributes speak of. I know she will be missed and that heaven is jubilant with her family reunion there. You are in our prayers. David, Lynda, Helen & Mara

Robin Breaud-Perez

September 11, 2019

Such a lovely person... I grew up during those SPN years and she was always active along with her family at school and Church. Always with a beautiful smile and a kind heart! I pray for the family during this unbearable time but please know she is with the Lord, doing His work! Sincerest condolences.❤️

Sandy Pennamacoor

September 11, 2019

So many good moments with Aunt Shirley! She was THE sweetest, most kind person I've ever met. It was a joy talking with her in person or on the phone. Always made me smile. I particularly remember her laugh. She loved my parents and enjoyed spending time with them. And the trips around the country! I'm happy to know that they are all together in Heaven, reunited for eternity. God speed Aunt Shirley.

Mia McInerney (Dobrovodsky)

September 11, 2019

Where do you begin when someone has touched your life in SO many ways! I am grateful that God brought Mom Shirley into my life. Thank you for always praying for my intentions whether I was a silly teenager or later more serious things that meant something to me. For making me feel like they were important and never trivializing them. I always felt so lucky to be on your prayer list via a note on the mirror including my name on it! Thank you for teaching ME how to pray against all the scary things in life and reminding me (endlessly) that I could. For always including me on Sunday trips to Burke Lake Park for Cinnamon Rolls and Fried Chicken making me feel like I was YOUR family too. For carrot cake on Birthdays and later knitted baby blankets for my kids. As a kid growing up, I watched your deep sense of Faith, generosity and kindness to so many and I deeply credit you with passing on your Faith to me. I am certain there was no suffering for a great woman like you as the good Lord must have welcomed you immediately! I know you are happy and smiling down upon us reminding us we can pray too! I couldn’t thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of your home when I was growing up in Virginia. Just another example of how you touched so many lives in many states over many years. You will be missed. Xoxoxo

athena spanakos

September 10, 2019

Sad news--she will be truly missed by family and loved ones. Love her nieces from the cicalese spanakos family

Athena Spanakos

September 10, 2019

May you rest as you lived, in the unending love and peace of Christ my dear Aunt Shirley. I am forever grateful to Him for having you in my life. How can I capture all you have given me, all I learned by your example? It's not possible, I can only give thanks, rejoice in the memories, and try to be the person you inspire me to be. God bless you always

Helen Spanakos

September 9, 2019

In loving memory of my dear Aunt Shirley...our sympathies to the family she has left behind. What wonderful memories I have of her and Uncle John over the years at Cicalese family events--and how grateful I am to have her in my life as a child and young adult, into my adulthood and as a parent. So much of her will live forever in me, from her deep faith in God and Jesus to her delicious sticky buns recipe (and everything in between!) Heaven is an even better place now she is there, I am sure.