Shirley M. Gonsales, 89 of Cedar Rapids died Thursday January 30, 2020 at the Lexington Estate Long Term Care in Independence. Funeral Mass: 10:30 AM on Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Winthrop. Rev. David Beckman will officiate. There will be a visitation on Monday from 9:30 until service time at the Church. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter Shirlene (Bert) Robinson of Rowley, four sons; Jeff (Kim) Gonsales of Cedar, Minnesota, Bill (Debbie) Simpson of Omaha, Nebraska, Mike Gonsales of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Jim Gonsales of Cedar Rapids, and a sister Marilyn Wilson of Branson, Missouri. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a grandson Ben, a granddaughter Sherlyn, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
Shirley was born on November 8, 1930 in Sioux City, the daughter of William and Vivian (Negless) Clark. She graduated from Stewart’s School of Hair Styling and was a self-employed cosmetologist for over 50 years, retiring in 2014. After retirement Shirley and Gene lived in Minnesota and later in Arkansas.
Shirley married Eugene Gonsales on December 31, 1960 in Cedar Rapids. Eugene passed away in 2014. She was a faithful member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, dancing, and spending time with her beloved family.
Shirley will forever be remembered as a loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother whose memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved her.
In lieu of flowers memorial may be given to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Winthrop.