Gierman, Shirley Anita a 33 year resident of Manhattan Beach passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2005 in Manhattan Beach. She was born in Germany on May 12, 1954. Shirley was a dedicated first grade teacher for over 12 years, spending most of those years teaching at the Long Beach Unified School District's Mark Twain Elementary School. She was a movie buff who enjoyed baking, biking and loved art. Shirley was passionate about teaching, Old English Sheep Dogs and to committing ''Random Acts of Kindness.'' She is survived by her mother Marcella, her siblings Jesse, Evelyn, Peter, Freda, Cynthia, Eric, the loving members of her ''California family,'' her dog Harley and the many people whose lives she touched. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, May 28 at 10:00 A.M. at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd. in Torrance followed by a reception in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room. In lieu of flowers and in recognition of Shirley's love of Old English Sheepdogs, a contribution can be made to: Old English Sheep Dog Rescue, 820 Wilson Place, Santa Monica, CA 90405-5727, (310)392-3366

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  1. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Bernart family. Shirley will always be remembered for her smile, caring nature and her ability to touch a child\’s life. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Jerry and Barbara Freda

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you-all the way from Wisconsin!! Our department will be making a contribution to the Old English Sheep Dog Rescue in memory of Shirley. We miss you Cynthia!! Love, The St. Joe\’s Radiation Oncology Crew

  3. I met Shirley in the Al-Anon program. She was one of the nicest people I\’ve ever known. I remember one Christmas Eve day I and a few other of her friends went over to her house and baked cookies and made ginger bread houses. We had loads of fun that day. I also remember the many times Shirley and I talked for hours about an assortment of topics. She was so wise and intelligent and I was very blessed to have known her. My sympathies go out to all her family and friends. She will always be fondly remembered and cherished.

  4. Many thoughts and prayers are extended out to the friends and family of Shirley. I was fortunate to meet Shirley face-to-face this past Christmas season. We talked about the differences between Wisconsin and California – still brings a smile to my face. The hugs, laughter and smiles that were shared expressed our sameness no matter what state we each came from. I\’m glad that I was able to get to know a small part of a wonderful and caring person! Memories can never be taken away from anyone – hold onto each one (I know that I will). With much Love, Trish, Brian and Brendan

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