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Rosalie Shryll Behn

1939 - 2019

The life of Rosalie Shryll Behn (Oct 26, 1939 – Mar 14, 2019), longtime Evergreen, Colorado resident, will be celebrated in Bird City, Kansas at the Wesleyan Community Church on April 20, 2019 at 11:00 am central.

Shryll was born and raised in Bird City, Kansas by her parents Ernest Bressler (decd. 1985) and Hope Bressler (decd. 2010) and shared a wonderful childhood, despite being the only girl, with her siblings Robert Bressler (decd. 1990), Paul Bressler (decd. 1945), and Rex Bressler (deceased 1997).

She is the beloved mother of Diana Weinstein (husband Terry decd. 2018) of Bird City, Kansas; Elden Pettit II (decd. 2009); Cora Lee Pettit (partner Cheryl) of Evergreen, Colorado; and Dwuane Pettit (wife Lisa) of Colorado Springs, Colorado and was lucky to have found love twice during her life and married Elden Pettit (decd. 1964) and Harold Behn (decd. 2006).  Shryll is also treasured by many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  All whom love her dearly and will never forget her feistiness, wit, tenacity, grace (when pertinent) and boundless love for them all.

For over 20 years, Shryll dedicated her career to the healthcare field.  Many years were devoted to serving as a volunteer EMT for the Evergreen Fire Department as well as working for a physicians’ network serving the greater Denver area.

She leaves behind, well, an amazing amount of stuff – that reflects her passion for many things – genealogy, reading, jewelry-making, the Bird City Steam Engine and Thresher Show, God, caring for family and friends and being prepared for a giant blizzard with cases of paper goods.  Also with a fondness for the mountains, Shryll lived most of her life in Evergreen, Colorado surrounded by her remarkable volume of stuff and passed away peacefully at home in a place and with people she loved.

An extraordinary person that enjoyed life to its fullest despite its hardships and heartbreaks – she always told the truth even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear – she was always willing to help where help was needed – and she was always up for an adventure and trying new things – one of her last (and maybe favorite new things) was a vanilla bean frappuccino with a shot of peppermint from Starbucks.  Shryll is an inspiration and true friend to all lucky enough to have known her.

Memorial contributions in honor of Shryll may be made to the Tri-State Antique Engine and Threshers Association, PO Box 9, Bird City, Kansas 67731.


2 Responses

  1. Ginger Bressler says:

    We’re very sorry to read of Shryll’s passing. Our sincere condolences to her friends and family. We remember her kindness and vivacious spirit when she joined us at the Bressler reunion in Lincoln City OR. Heaven is a more joyous place with her there.

    • Cora Lee Pettit says:

      Ginger, She was always telling me about her trip. She really enjoyed herself. I know she was greeted by alot of family. I miss her so much, my heart is empty.
      Cora Lee (daughter)