Shirley Grulke

Born in Oelwein, IA
Born on May 22, 1927
Departed on Jan 24, 2020

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Shirley E. Grulke passed away on January 24.  Services will be held at 2pm at St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Marion, Iowa, on January 28, 2020 with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Private family burial service will be at Woodlawn cemetery in Oelwein, Iowa.

Survivors include her son David Rademaker (Sandra), Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two grandchildren: Chris Emmons (Shelley), North Liberty, Iowa and Andrea Emmons Carlson (David), Santa Barbara, California. Also surviving are two great-granddaughters, twins Grace and Leah Emmons, and one great-grandson Cooper Carlson. Her daughter, Julie Flesner, preceded her in death in 2009.

Shirley was born in Oelwein, Iowa, on May 22, 1927, the daughter of Frank and Vera Winn.  She graduated from Oelwein High School, attended Iowa State Teachers College, Upper Iowa University, and graduated from Coe College.  She then received a Masters degree from the University of Iowa. She was a long-time educator having taught at College Community Schools, Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School, Kirkwood Community College, worked in human resources at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, and completed her career as an independent communications trainer.   

She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, a Coe College and University of Iowa alumni member. 

Memorials may be given to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Holden Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community College, Oldorf Hospice House, or a charity of choice.