SHIRLEY E. KAWALEK

Kawalek webShirley E. Kawalek, of Mora, died on Friday, January 16, 2015 at St. Clare’s Living Community in Mora.
She was 93 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brunswick, MN.

VISITATION will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 9:30 am. until time of service at the church.

INTERMENT will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mora, MN

Shirley Elizabeth Kawalek, of Mora, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015 at St. Clare’s Living Community in Mora.  She was 93 years old.

Shirley was born March 13, 1921 at home in Hillman Township, Kanabec County, MN to parents Walter and Amy Smith.  She attended school in Mora and Illinois, graduating from Mora High School.
She was united in marriage to John Kawalek on April 13, 1940 in Mora, MN.  To this union four sons were born; David, Gary, Rick, and Jerry.  John and Shirley started a trucking business in 1946 and were self-employed in the business for over 50 years.

Shirley enjoyed her grandkids, going to the cabin, listening to country western music, visiting with family and friends, remodeling, and keeping her house clean.  No matter what holiday it was, she enjoyed decorating her home accordingly.  She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Brunswick.  Shirley will be truly missed by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John; sons David and Jerry; grandson Steve; brothers Lynn, Kent, and Bobby Smith; and sister Betty Akkerman.

She is survived by two sons Gary (Judy) of Indiana; Rick (Connie) of Mora; daughter-in-law Kathy of St. Paul; 7 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren; sisters, Joanne Salmonson, Peggy Norby, and Mary Brisse; along with a host of other family and friends.

A Funeral service was held on Wed. Jan 21, 2015 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Del Schnaidt officiating.  Music was provided by Mary Smith and Marie Grundberg.  Casket Bearers were Mike Kawalek, Frank Dropps, Eric Langworthy, John Ohmann, Jeff Schoumaker, and Josh Danielson.  Honorary Casket Bearers were Ann Dropps, Cheryl Ohmann, Amy Langworthy, Karen Schoumaker, Kristin Danielson, and Laura Kawalek.  Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.  Arrangements were by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.

One guestbook entry for SHIRLEY E. KAWALEK

  1. Nola Smith January 21, 2015 at 6:55 am #

    I will miss Shirley. I’ve only known her 3 years, but all our visits were filled with smiles. She loved music and would sometimes join me in “Jesus Loves Me”. God bless you all during this time.

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