Shirl Leech


Shirl, 80 years old of Phoenix, AZ passed away on March 21, 2020 in Phoenix. She was born in Moline, IL October 1, 1939 to Omer and Amanda Pysson.

She is survived in death by her daughter Susan (Mike) Schmick of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and her granddaughters Amanda of Rudolph, WI and Stacey (Mike) Petrasek of Green Bay, WI. Also, by her step-daughter Jackie (Dave) Stoffel of Breckenridge, CO and their daughter Courtney (Brad) Suedekum, and son, Matt. Her sister Diane (Jim) Sharp of Aledo, IL, nephew Tom (Staci) Sharp, niece Laurie (Cliff) Lanfier, and niece Kelly (Jim) Popovits.

She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Leech, who passed in 1997.

She moved from Illinois to Wisconsin in 1973 where she met Tom. They were married in 1977 and moved to Hilton Head Island, SC in 1986. They moved to Sun City West, AZ in 1992. Shirl moved to California in 2011 and back to Arizona in 2013 where she resided until her passing.

She loved dancing, and while living in Sun City West became a member of The Rhythm Tappers dance club. She later became a member of The Desert Dancers of Westbrook Village in Peoria, AZ. She loved singing and performed with The Sugartime Trio, then with Dave Burgoyne, as “The Sidekicks”. Often, she did a solo show in various venues around the valley. And sang and danced in The Fabulous Follies of Westbrook Village. She played golf and bowled and had played tennis in earlier years. She was a member of Who’s Who Singles of Arizona and met lots of nifty people.

She will be cremated and there will be no services. In lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated to the AZ Humane Society at 9226 N. 13th Ave., Phoenix AZ 602-216-6440.