Shirley Wentzel

Shirley LuAnne Wentzel, age 82 of Collinsville, IL, born May 13, 1933 in Estherville, IA, passed away at 3:35 pm on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at Cedarhurst Memory Care in Edwardsville, IL.

Shirley graduated from Waldorf College in Forest City, IA.  Shirley was a homemaker and at one time taught school in Gruver, IA .  She was a member and very active at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville, IL.  She was a member of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.  She enjoyed quilting, cooking, and playing the piano.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest F. Wentzel, whom she married on August 14, 1964; and her parents, Orville and Palma nee Ouverson Solmonson.

She is survived by three sons: Charles (Jana) Wentzel of Collinsville, IL, Peter Wentzel of Minneapolis, MN and Paul (KaTrina) Wentzel of St. Paul, MN; a daughter, Ruth (John) Bauer of Collinsville, IL; 12 grandchildren:  Erika Wentzel, Jared Wentzel, Christen Thatcher, Alexa Bauer, Jessica (Mark) Crawford, Ian Bauer, Kail Bauer, Zachary (Crystal) Wentzel, Roan Wentzel, Ariana Wentzel, Chelsea Wentzel and Zoe Wentzel; a great grandson, William Wentzel; a brother, Alan (Mary Ann) Solmonson of Olympia, WA; a sister, Norma Tvedte of Orange City, IA; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 3pm to 7pm on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, Maryville, IL and 9am to 10am on Monday, October 5, 2015 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Collinsville, IL.

Funeral service will be at 10am on Monday, October 5 2015 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1300 Beltline Road, Collinsville, IL with Rev. Michael Walther officiating.  Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and will be received at the funeral home.


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