Shirley Naomi (Jacobs) Wirkler, age 91, of Farmersburg, Iowa, went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, September 6, 2021, at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa.
Shirley was born March 5, 1930, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Frank C. and Alberta (Hites) Jacobs. After high school she started her education in teaching at Iowa State Teachers College. She was fast tracked due to the Korean conflict and finished her education in one year and two summers. She taught in a one-room school house near Hitesville, Iowa, and then in LaPorte City, Iowa.
Shirley married the love of her life Harvey Wirkler on September 8, 1951, in Waterloo, Iowa. To this union four children were born. Shirley enjoyed traveling to over 53 countries and all seven continents. The most important day in her life was December 15, 1938, when Shirley realized that Christ died for her, she was the sinner and He was the Savior, through reading John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should now perish, but have everlasting life.
Left to cherish her memory are her children Linda McDonald, Brian Wirkler and Becky (Glen) Menke; grandchildren Jacob (Alyssa) McDonald, Stephanie (Tim) Nelson, Matt (Jen Jacobson) McDonald, Lauren McDonald, Nicole (Dan) Raymond, Carmen (Alex Chavez) Wirkler, Elliot Wirkler and honorary granddaughter Natalya (Paul) Wielenga; great grandchildren Wren McDonald; Jackson, Sophie and Leah Nelson; Amelia McDonald and Ares Chavez, as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Merrill Jacobs, husband Harvey in 1997, son-in-law Paul McDonald, son Alan Wirkler and very recently her sister Donita Freienmuth.
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