Shirley's Story

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Shirley F. Dunkelberger, 84, of Sunset Drive, Middleburg, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday morning, Aug. 10, 2017, at her home.
She was born Sept. 20, 1932, in Franklin Township, a daughter of the late Ira Sr. and Susie (Brouse) Keister.

Shirley attended Gilbert School, Franklin Township.
Earlier in her life she was employed at local shirt factories and silk mills, until she and her husband began farming in 1956 and starting their family.
She was a member of St. Paul's (Erdleys) Lutheran Church, Middleburg, where she was active in the church. She served as Sexton of the church for many years.
Shirley enjoyed raising animals on their farm, gardening, traveling, and most of all her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by one son, Kent E. Dunkelberger and fiance, Jennifer Knouse; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Glenda and Gary Brouse, Linda and Dean Sprenkel, and Diann Vadella, all of the Middleburg area; four grandchildren, Grahm Brouse and wife Andrea, Gretchen, Wenrich and husband Deken, and Dena Getz and husband Joshua, Jared Sprenkel and companion Kristina Fogle and her daughters, Emilee and Ella Fogle; four great-grandsons, Wylan and Theoren Brouse, and Ethan and Eli Getz; two sisters, Lorraine Benner and Betty Mengle; one brother and three sisters-in-law, Ira "Junior" and Thelma Keister, Charlotte Keister, and Avis Keister; and her constant companion, her dog Timmy.
Shirley will join her husband Glen E. Dunkelberger who preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 2013; and her grandson, Lance Vadella who died in 2007; as well as her siblings and their spouses, Dorothy and Henry Reich, Edith and George Snyder, Edna Hare, Homer and Romaine Keister, Eugene and Anna Fay Keister, Merle Keister, Bright and Esther Keister, George and Annabelle Keister, Leroy Keister, Eldora and Max Kreider, and Robert Mengle.

Friends and family are invited to a viewing from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's (Erdley's) Lutheran Church, 2337 Erdley Church Road, Middleburg, followed by the funeral at 3, with the Rev. L. Keith Pittsnogle and Dr. James Cope officiating.

Contributions to honor Shirley's memory may be made to St. Paul's (Erdley's) Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are by the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg.
Published on August 10, 2017
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