In Memory of Shirley Schoenherr

Shirley Schoenherr
Shirley Schoenherr
Born: September 2, 1937
Died: July 6, 2018
Age: 80
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Shirley Schoenherr
September 2, 1937 - July 6, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Shirley Schoenherr, age 80, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Friday, July 6, 2018 in Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Chad Lierman will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Shirley Joanne Schoenherr was born on September 2, 1937, to Ruth (Wittenmyer) and Leo Dean on a farm west of Mapleton.  Shirley attended country school until 5th grade, when the family moved to Mapleton where she also attended Mapleton High school and later obtained her GED.  On June 19, 1953, Shirley was united in marriage to John F. Schoenherr.  To this union, two children were born:  Jan and Jeff.  She and John resided in Ida Grove for 57 years, with John passing away in 2010.  Shirley enjoyed and was proud of working for JC Penney in Ida Grove and later in Storm Lake as a merchandising assistant for over 30 years.  She delighted in attending family functions and going to the casino.  For many years, Shirley and John rode motorcycles to such places as the Black Hills and Kansas City.  Her favorite place to vacation was Las Vegas, especially after winning $5,000 on one particular trip.

Shirley was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  She loved her children and grandchildren and delighted in relating stories about their accomplishments.  Left to cherish her memory are her children and their spouses:  Jan (Dennis) Anderson of Sioux City and Jeff (Linda) Schoenherr of Ida Grove; 7 grandchildren, Jodee (Justin) Kruse, Jill (Nicholas) Wandersheid,  John Mascarello, K’Lyn (Aaron) Uhl,  Abby (Drew) Conley, Angie (Mark) Currie, and Megan Schoenherr, and 7 great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are two sisters, Susan (Louis) Hargens of Schleswig, Judy King of Bronson, one brother, Leo (Kathy) Dean of Mapleton, and her dear friend, JoAnn Greene of Ida Grove.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and two sisters, Connie Moat and Norma Plough.


10:30 a.m., Saturday
July 14, 2018
First United Methodist Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Chad Lierman


John Mascarello
Drew Conley
Mark Currie
Aaron Uhl

Honorary Pallbearers:
Leo Dean
Louis Hargens


9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
First United Methodist Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Jodee Kruse - Vocalist

Music Selections:
"How Great Thou Art"
"On Eagle's Wings"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Friday, July 13, 2018 at 9:06 AM
“Sympathy to all of Shirley's family. Enjoyed visiting with her at MSC, Was always a fun lady. Hugs.
- Shirley Ruser
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 9:17 AM
“Prayers and condolences to everyone.”
- Kendra (Gates) Neulieb
Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2:03 PM
“Jeff and family, We're sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. We always enjoyed talking with her. We're thinking of you guys. Mike & Karen Palm”
- Mike & Karen Palm
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