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Shirley Burco
December 8, 1933 - May 6, 2020

Shirley Burco, 86, a longtime resident of Oelwein, ran to meet The Lord on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.  She didn’t look back.  Drive-thru viewings, for the passengers of one car at a time, are scheduled for Friday, May 15th from Noon - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 16th from 9:00 a.m. - Noon at Peace Lutheran Church in Oelwein. 

A Drive-In Funeral is scheduled to begin at Noon Saturday, May 16th at Peace Lutheran Church with Pastor Michael Holmen officiating.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery immediately following the service with immediate family members only allowed at the gravesite, for safety.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mayo Clinic for Lewy Body Dementia Research.

 

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Trish (Ruark) King on May 21, 2020 at 2:57 PM said:

Burco Family,

We loved your Mom! She was a true character, larger than life, whose presence filled a room with fun and laughter. I am so glad that our kids got to know “Aunt Shirley” and it’s wonderful to hear them all tell stories about her, including the time when we were heading home after a trip to Iowa.
We ran into Shirley at the Cedar Rapids airport and we all ended up going through the TSA checkpoint at the same time. For some reason they decided to frisk Shirley and her very loud and very funny commentary ensued.

It was absolutely hilarious, and I know that there are so many stories that should and would be shared under different circumstances.

I hope that fun and fond memories of your Mom sustain you during this difficult time. Love to all of you.
Trish (and Bill)
Trish (Ruark) King on May 21, 2020 at 2:57 PM said:

Burco Family,

We loved your Mom! She was a true character, larger than life, whose presence filled a room with fun and laughter. I am so glad that our kids got to know “Aunt Shirley” and it’s wonderful to hear them all tell stories about her, including the time when we were heading home after a trip to Iowa.
We ran into Shirley at the Cedar Rapids airport and we all ended up going through the TSA checkpoint at the same time. For some reason they decided to frisk Shirley and her very loud and very funny commentary ensued.

It was absolutely hilarious, and I know that there are so many stories that should and would be shared under different circumstances.

I hope that fun and fond memories of your Mom sustain you during this difficult time. Love to all of you.
Trish (and Bill)
Shannon & Debbie Hershey on May 17, 2020 at 9:10 AM said:

We are sorry for your loss. Your Mom was one of kind with her welcoming smile. She will always be remembered. Hugs to her family.
Carol Tousley on May 16, 2020 at 9:25 PM said:

So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a special lady. I loved her smile and always visiting with her. She is now with your dad and they are looking down keeping an eye on us.
Dawn Pearson Siprut on May 16, 2020 at 11:06 AM said:

Jeff, Kim, and Dawn: I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I will always remember her beautiful smile and laugh, her style and grace, and her beautiful hats! I loved coming to your house during our high school years and your mom was always so welcoming and friendly. She was the best! Thinking of all of you with fond memories.
Eldon & Ginny McLaury on May 15, 2020 at 7:27 AM said:

Shirley (Fink) Burco--My cousin, my friend, and oh those days of yesteryear--fishing outings, picnics, card games, family gatherings-- pleasant memories of Shirley,her siblings and her parents. Our sympathies and condolences are with them--time flies, maturity happens. So we bid farewell and look forward to our meeting once again. God Bless -- eldon & ginny
Sheryl, Richard & Dalene Gosse on May 15, 2020 at 12:59 AM said:

Jeff, Kim & Dawn: Your mom was known by many in town, enjoyed our visits when we were out eating at CC or elsewhere. Cherish your memories always as you read here, online under Jeff's post on the Oelwein page + many more as you hear at the visit'n drive thru and at the drive in funeral. She enjoyed her family, cards, knew her thru Zion church and as our mom's played cards together, probably doing that now up in heaven! Heard all the rumble up above tonight! Be close to each other always and keep in touch w/each other and your friends. You'll need your families and friends now more than ever! Heaven has gained another angel.
Gail and Max Treat on May 14, 2020 at 7:03 PM said:

Jeff, Kim and Dawn,
Your mom and dad were among the first people we met when we came to Oelwein in the 60's. Max spent time at the stock yards with your dad and I had many coffee chats with Shirley at your house on 2nd St. We were also in bridge club together for several years. Shirley was "one of a kind" and will be missed. I loved her laugh and zest for life.
We pray for God to bless each of you with many happy memories.
Gary and Sharon Rubno on May 14, 2020 at 1:52 PM said:

So sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers for the family and friends of Shirley! Shirley was a very nice person , I got to know her through Theresa Allen ! A beautiful Lady !
Lois Grob on May 13, 2020 at 6:17 AM said:

Shirley was one of the first people I met when we moved to Oelwein in 1972. Bridge club, Sunday School and Bible School teaching together at Zion. She never let any friendship die. Our loss is Heaven's great gain. God Bless you all.
sue johnson on May 13, 2020 at 6:04 AM said:

dear dawn, what a huge gap in your lives your mom leaves, i know. but the memories you all have are just that much more wonderful.

thinking about you and your family.

with love, "aunt" sue
Michelle Stasi Moran on May 13, 2020 at 5:42 AM said:

What a grand lady your mom was! So many great memories of Shirley and Darwin.....regular Customers at Luigi's. Her laughter and upbeat attitude and honesty were contagious. Her/your May Day delivery to our dad was so appreciated. Virtual hugs to you all!
Marilyn Mike on May 12, 2020 at 5:38 PM said:

Dear Jeff,Kim,and Dawn,my heart goes out to you as you have lost such an amazing and Spirit filled mom! She radiated beauty inside and out!! What a remarkable woman! She touched so many lives with her bold faith and love for all!
Susie on May 11, 2020 at 8:37 PM said:

Dear Burco family, Shirley and Darwin were a huge part of our lives. Shirley was like a mom to me. I loved her so much. My deepest sympathy to you all.
Mona (Feller) & Cy Nelson on May 11, 2020 at 7:15 PM said:

So many memories of Shirley shopping at Mike's IGA. She did "major" grocery shopping and it involved many carts that would be pushed up the hill, because of course Shirley never drove. The store lit up when she was in it.
Had a great adventure with your mom when I drove her to the Chicago area for Bill Ottilie's funeral. We shared many stories.
Good memories from the Oelwein ties.
Our sympathies to your family as your remember your mom.
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