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Shirley A. Jurgensen

February 1, 1928 — November 7, 2019


February 1, 1928 ~ Near Paullina, Iowa
November 7, 2019 ~ Primghar, Iowa

10:30 A.M. Monday, November 11, 2019
Zion United Church of Christ; Calumet, Iowa
Officiating Clergy
Pastor Kristy May & Pastor William Nielsen

will be after 3 pm Sunday, November 10, 2019
with the family present from 5 to 7pm Sunday
at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina, Iowa.

“Amazing Grace”
“In The Garden”
Organist: Elaine Leonard

Amanda Diehm Jessica Harger
Jill Jurgensen Cooper Lee Jurgensen
Austin Jurgensen Kade Jurgensen
Dane Jurgensen Charlie Roseland
Matt Harger

Liberty Township Cemetery
Calumet, Iowa

After the graveside service, relatives and friends are invited to join the family in the fellowship of the church.

Arrangements are under the care of the
Eldridge Family Funeral Home; Paullina, Iowa.
Shirley Ann Jurgensen, the daughter of William and Anna (Westphal) Nielsen was born February 1, 1928 near Paullina, Iowa. She attended Dale #8 grade school north of Paullina and later graduated from Paullina High School in 1946. She graduated from Iowa School of Cosmetology in Des Moines, Iowa in 1947. She was employed at Ann’s Beauty Shop in Paullina for ten years. On June 27, 1948, she was united in marriage to Vernelle Jurgensen in Paullina, Iowa. After her husband’s discharge from the Army the couple began farming southeast of Paullina where they farmed for many years. Her husband preceded her in death on December 5, 1992 in Cherokee, Iowa. Shirley remained on the family farm until the fall of 1993, when she moved west of Sutherland, Iowa. She made her home there until 2013, when she moved to the Sutherland Care Center. Shirley passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Mercy One Hospital in Primghar reaching the age of 91 years, 9 months and 6 days.
She was baptized at her parent’s home and was a long-time member of the Zion United Church of Christ in Calumet. She served on the Church Council, Kitchen Committee, Altar Committee, Search Committee and was a member of the Women’s Fellowship. She enjoyed bowling and gardening. She enjoyed making meals for her boys when they were in the field. Family was very important to Shirley by showing her love to each of them.
Shirley leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Roxann and her husband, Dennis Diehm of Marshalltown, Iowa; two sons, Neil and his wife, Deb Jurgensen of Sutherland, Iowa and Kent and his wife, Dawn Jurgensen of Larrabee, Iowa; six grandchildren, Amanda Diehm; Jessica (Matt) Harger; Jill Jurgensen (Charlie); Austin Jurgensen (Hannah); Kade Jurgensen (Jasey); Dane Jurgensen (DeLani); one great grandson, Cooper Lee Jurgensen; one brother William and his wife Cindy Nielsen of Trussville, Alabama; two sisters-in-law, LaVonne Benson of Sutherland, Iowa and Mabel Jurgensen of Paullina, Iowa also nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and one brother, Loren Nielsen.

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I’ve found that peace at the close of day.

Do not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now; He set me free.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, November 10, 2019

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Eldridge Family Funeral Home - Paullina

217 East Logan Street , Paullina, IA 51046

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Monday, November 11, 2019

10:30 - 11:15 am (Central time)

Zion United Church of Christ

110 W. 3rd St., Calumet, IA 51009

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