Shirley Gordish
November 10, 1928 - January 18, 2016

Shirley Ann Gordish, 87, of Oelwein passed away on Monday January 18, 2016 at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein.  Visitation will be from 4-7PM on Thursday January 21, 2016 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM on Friday January 22, 2016 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home with Rev. Connie Markle officiating.  Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens at Hazleton.  Memorials may be directed to the family.

Shirley was born on November 10, 1928 in Oelwein to parents Loyd and Daisy (Dewald) Bennett.  She graduated from Oelwein High School with the class of 1946.  She then attended and graduated from Pitzi’s Beauty School in Waterloo.  She was a Beauty Operator at Hazel’s Beauty Shop from 1947-56.  Shirley was united in marriage with William Gordish in 1954 at West Union, IA.

Shirley enjoyed fishing with Bill, Clint Eastwood movies and was very skilled at working crossword puzzles.  She was also a talented sketch artist and dancer.  Her and Bill would “clear the floor” at the Coliseum with their moves.  Her laughter will be missed by all who knew her.

Left to celebrate Shirley’s life are her children: Diana “Dee” (John) Tupper of Oelwein, Bill (Terri) Gordish of Des Moines, Lisa (Charley) Williford of Oelwein; her grandchildren: Mindie, Megan, Noah “Nick”, Kelli, Billi and Gina; and her great-grandchildren: Ava, Chase, Jack, Bailey and Kennedy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Dorothy Kyle; her brother Kenneth Bennett; and her husband William Gordish (1989). 

 

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Dan Shea on January 21, 2016 at 5:46 PM said:

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all!
DIANNA DOPP BRANDENBURG on January 19, 2016 at 11:48 PM said:

MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES. SHIRLEY WAS A SWEET PERSON WITH A HEART OF GOLD, AND ALOT OF FUN TO BE WITH AND WILL BE MISSED BY MANY.
Jan(Bartels)VanDeWalker on January 19, 2016 at 10:08 PM said:

Dee,Bill,& Lisa sorry to hear about your mom.She was a great lady and will be truely missed.You have my deepest sympathy.
Lynn Erdelt Reinert on January 19, 2016 at 7:38 PM said:

Lisa,Dee, and Bill, I'm so sorry. Shirley was always one of my favorite people! She was hilarious when she got started telling stories. She will be missed. Thinking of you all, and wishing you many memories of a wonderful lady!
Tina Huffman on January 19, 2016 at 5:38 PM said:

Lisa I am so sorry for your loss. I know all to well the feeling. Know we are here for you!
Jeanne on January 19, 2016 at 4:55 PM said:

I'm so sorry for the passing of Shirley, oh the stories I could tell! Lol
Love you Ma??
Nancy & Lyle Miller on January 19, 2016 at 4:41 PM said:

Sincere condolences to all. Shirley was great gal

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