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Dolores "Dede" Elaine Shuck

June 7, 1963 - May 8, 2018
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Milford, IA
Dolores "Dede" Elaine Shuck

Dolores "Dede" Elaine Shuck

Born: June 7, 1963
Died: May 8, 2018
Age: 54

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Dolores “Dede” Elaine Shuck was born on June 7, 1963 in Sioux City, Iowa to Jeanne (Thorson) Shuck and Joe Shuck.  She was the youngest of the six kids and was born on the day the oldest child, John, graduated from high school.  Dede received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on September 15, 1963 at Morningside Lutheran Church in Sioux City.

     She attended Cooper School in Sioux City through 4th grade.  In May of 1971, the family permanently moved to their summer home in West Okoboji where she attended Milford Community School.   In high school she was a wrestling cheerleader, a member of the drill team and played trumpet in the marching band.  She loved music.  Her long, slender fingers were well-suited for the piano.  She especially enjoyed learning Christmas carols.  Dede graduated with honors in 1981.  She briefly attended the University of South Dakota at Vermillion.  Dede’s mom Jeanne and sister, Carole opened Mrs. Lady’s Mexican Restaurant in Arnold Park in 1977.  Dede did many jobs there, including waiting tables.  Dede was a wonderful aunt, treating the kids with rides in her gold Nova to Doris’s grocery in West Okoboji for candy.  She handmade carnivals and took them swimming and roller skating. Fun, fun, fun!

     Unfortunately, Dede suffered from anorexia nervosa with bulimia as a teenager.  Despite numerous methods and attempts to control her illness, Dede suffered a catastrophic brain injury in September of 1982.  Left unable to walk, talk or assist with daily activities, she required full care. Initially, she was cared for at home.  She then moved to a specialty nursing home that focused on brain-injured young adults (less than age 40) in Red Wing, Minnesota.  Even with the intense daily therapies, no improvements were noted and she was moved to St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer on March 17, 1989.  During the 29-years spent there, she received exceptional care by the staff.  Some days she was quite a wiggle-worm and made daily cares a challenge.  They always seemed to take it in stride.  Dede’s brain injury devastated her family.  It was felt that she still knew her family members, yet was unaware of her dependent status.  She occasionally spoke a few words and thought she was around age 13 or 14 and in the eighth grade.  She often smiled appropriately at a good joke.  For many years, sisters Anita and Tracy transported Dede to Burn’s Chiropractic Clinic twice a month.  Brenda Burns provided a comforting atmosphere for Dede’s relaxing massage. 

     Dede died peacefully without struggle or pain at her home (St. Luke) in the early afternoon of Tuesday, May 8, 2018 surrounded by her loving caregivers.

     Dede is survived by her brother, three sisters and their families:  John (Tina) Shuck of Sioux City, Carole Hinders of Spirit Lake, Anita (Blair) Bailey of West Okoboji and Tracy (David Tvedte) Shuck of Spirit Lake.  She was aunt to ten nieces and nephews, great-aunt to eight kids and had many cousins that will miss her too. 

     Dede was preceded in death by her father Joe in 1992, her mother Jeanne in 2005, sister, Christine in 2012 and nephew Josh in 2017. 

     The family is grateful for all the TLC provided by the exceptional staff during the 29-years that St. Luke Home & Service, Inc. was her home.  All memorials will be directed to St. Luke Lutheran Home for the greatest need. 

10:30 A.M., Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer, Iowa
Pastor John Syvertson

The Caring Staff at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Thursday, May 10th with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Thursday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"Holy, Holy, Holy"
"In The Garden"
"No Hard Feelings" by the Avett Brothers


Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7:52 AM
“Dear Shuck Family, Extending my deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you.

- Nancy Taylor
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:18 PM
“It was a great joy for me to care for Dede both as a CNA and nurse at St. Luke's. Her smile could light up a room! Lifting up prayers of comfort. ”
- Theresa (Jerrow) Madsen
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:59 AM
“My deepest sympathies in your loss of DeDe... May you lean on each other through this difficult time. Many prayers!🙏🙏🙏”
- Rhonda Nelson
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 3:54 PM
“I'm so sorry to hear of Dede's passing. She and I were in band together (same section) several years, and we were cheerleading partners one year. We had great times traveling to wrestling meets. We didn't keep in touch after high school, and I was saddened to hear of her injury several years after. Even though she is gone, her spirit will live on in the memories you have of her. My deepest sympathy to all her family.”
- Linda Wahlman Ballah
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 3:54 PM
“To the family,
I am sincerely sorry for your loss. It's never easy to lose a loved one under any circumstance. Please be assured that Jehovah God is aware of your pain and he is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). The bible promises us that there will be a resurrection (John 5:28, 29) and that God will bring an end to death once and for all (Revelation 21:4). From that point on we will never have to feel the pangs of death again. I pray these words and scriptures are able to bring you some comfort.”
- Sierra T
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 3:53 PM
“I'm so so sorry to hear of your loss of dear sweet Dede! I have so many great memories of high school and Mrs. Ladys, many which can never be told! God bless the Schuck family in this time of sorrow! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!”
- Dee-Dee Peters
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:54 PM
“I am so so sorry to hear about Dede. I knew her from my time spent working at Mrs. Lady’s. We had a lot of fun -many good memories-she was a good friend.
I remember visiting her when she spent some time in Iowa City. It was great when she smiled and answered some of my questions. Your picture is exactly how I will always remember her. Carole, Olga, Tracy and rest of the Shuck family, please know I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Sheryl ( Eckman) Jacobsen ”
- Sheryl (Eckman) Jacobsen
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 5:43 PM
“So sorry to hear of the loss of Dede!! She was always kind to me at Mrs. Lady's. She was a beautiful young lady. Thoughts and prayers!! ”
- Shelly Eckard Gifford
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 11:54 AM
“I remembered growing up with Dede in school Dede had a wonderful smile”
- Bill L Taylor
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 11:54 AM
“Anita and family Our thoughts and prayers are with you God Bless”
- Denny and Kerry King
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 9:02 AM
“Dear Shuck family,
I worked for 7 years at St. Lukes beginning in the late 1980's. Dee Dee had quite the impact on staff. I appreciated how well written her obituary is, as you described her personality so well. As a family, you were so devoted to her well being, always wanting what was best for her. Your loss is heaven's gain. You have my deepest sympathy-Mary Galik RN”
- Mary Galik
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 9:01 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear to about Dede's passing. I have soooo many great memories of Dede - both from high school and especially from working with her at Mrs. Ladies. We had so much fun and many stories (which will remain untold lol) from Mrs. Ladies. She was such a beautiful soul. My thoughts and prayers are with you Carole, and the rest of the family. May she rest in peace.”
- Teresa (Range) Bachman
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:30 AM
“Sorry to hear of DeeDee’s passing . I worked at the nursing home 25 years and have so so many memories with your sister and so many laughs . When she would talk was the happiest Prayers for you all
She truly loved the calendars that she would receive 😘”
- Cynthia Hahn
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 11:25 PM
“Deepest sympathy to the Shuck family with the loss of your beloved Dede. While we never met her, in person, we shared many stories and beautiful memories with Carole, Josh, & Olga. May you all find peace and comfort during this difficult time. ”
- Mandy & Jason Lauver
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 11:25 PM
“Anita & family, We are thinking of you in this time of loss. Sympathy and hugs.”
- Slider & Connie
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 6:50 PM
“Our hearts go out to the entire Shuck family at this terrible time. May God give you peace and strength as you say your goodbyes to DeeDee.”
- Fred & Sue Ehlers
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 4:48 PM
“We are so very sorry for your loss, we remember Dede and her smiling face at Mrs. Ladies, well. Dave and Jan. ”
- Dave and Jan Convy
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 4:48 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Dede was a year behind me in high school. I enjoyed being in drill team and band with her. I will always remember her pretty smile. ”
- Jeannie Schumann Stolee
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 4:48 PM
“I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious siste and aunt. I remember her at Mrs. Lady's and we loved having her there. We are never ready to lose any family, regardless of their condition. We want them with us as long as we have to be here. Prayers for you all of peace, strength, and comfort. Your family was a very big part of my youth and my growing up. Love you all!!! Stacey J. Halling-Caskey”
- Stacey
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 2:10 PM
“Tracy and Anita and families - so sorry for your loss! May she be healed and well where she is now.”
- Crystal Straub
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