Shirley Maxine Elizabeth Shirk entered into the presence of her Lord on January 16, 2018 at the age of 92. She was born on August 25, 1925 to Helen and Ralph Evers in Lock Haven, PA. She was preceded in death by her husband George Joseph Shirk on November 18, 1983. She was also preceded in death by sons Ronald and Gerald Shirk, sisters Betty Shirk and Helen Wagner, and brothers Fred and David Evers. She is survived by a brother, Gerald (Mary Lou) Evers of Florida. She is also survived by two sons, Joseph (Teresa) Shirk of State College and Robert (Linda) Shirk of Mill Hall. She has two daughters, Jane Flick of Milesburg and Susan (William) Lucas of Unionville. Five grand-daughters remain: Heather (Michael) Coppola, Christina (Adam) Ranck, Sarah (Jeffrey) Reichenbach, Lesli (Jonathan) Carney, and Billie Sue (Bryan) McCloy. Shirley was also blessed with 6 great-granddaughters (Natalie, Jessalynn, Allie, Erin, Charlotte, and Julia) and 3 great-grandsons (Aadan, Ethan, and Wesley).
Shirley and George Shirk were married on November 4, 1944 at First Baptist Church in Lock Haven. The couple had 5 of their 6 children while living in Clinton County. After 11 years, they finally settled in Unionville where their final child was born. While raising her family in this small community, Shirley also worked at numerous jobs around town like babysitting, house cleaning, and serving as a school crossing guard. After her children were grown, Shirley went to work at Jostens until her retirement ten years later. She became a faithful member of the New Life Center in Philipsburg, PA.
One of the things Shirley most enjoyed during her young adult years was roller skating most Sundays at Hecla Park with her sister Betty and their combined broods. She also cherished time visiting with her children, grandchildren, and eventual great-grandchildren. Shirley loved to cook for other people of which she was most famous for ham potpie and macaroni salad.
While she will be greatly missed on this earth, her family rejoices that she is now in her heavenly home. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Shirley’s life on Friday, January 19th at the Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home, 201 Spring Street,Milesburg, PA. Viewing and visitation will be from 2-3 PM and the funeral will begin at 3 PM with Pastor John T. Dill officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.deankwetzlerfuneralhome.com.