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Shirley Mae Granstra

May 11, 1927 - December 25, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Shirley Mae Granstra

Shirley Mae Granstra

Born: May 11, 1927
Died: December 25, 2018
Age: 91

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     Shirley Mae Granstra, the daughter of Walter and Edna (Johnson) Ruehle was born May 11, 1927 in Ruthven, IA. Her childhood years were spent in the Ruthven and Ayrshire, IA areas where she attended school. She graduated from Ayrshire High School in 1945. She received her teaching certificate and taught at several country schools and then Harris Schools.

   Shirley married Barney Granstra at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven, IA, on June 5, 1949. She enjoyed playing cards, quilting, sewing, cooking and the Clay Co. Fair, especially entering baked goods in the contest. She also worked as a homemaker and substitute teacher. Shirley and Barney were a wonderful team, and were married for 69 years. They were very good examples of life long love. They did a lot of traveling together. They also were mission builders and went to many states to build churches. They worked in Africa as teachers in Shighettini, Tanzania for 2 years and Kenya for one year. Shirley was a Guild member at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, IA.

      Shirley passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at St. Luke Lutheran Home, at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Edna Ruehle; one son, Bryan; and one brother, Harley Ruehle.

     Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Barney of Spencer, IA; one daughter, Sherri (Rod) Stephas of Spencer, IA; 5 grandchildren, Ryan, Rick (Emily), and Roger Stephas, Bryson (Desiree) and Brody Granstra; 5 great-grandchildren; one sister, Joyce Dixson of Ithaca, NY; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

Funeral services will take place 1:00 P.M., Saturday, December 29, at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Kaldahl
Ryan Stephas
Rick Stephas
Roger Stephas
Bryan Granstra
Brody Granstra
Visitation will take place Friday, December 28, starting at 5:00 P.M., with family present from 5-7:00 P.M., at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"Amazing Grace"
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
"Silent Night"
Union Township Cemetery
Harris, Iowa


Friday, January 4, 2019 at 8:10 AM
“Dear Barney and family, I have so many memories of visits with Shirley and you. I was always impressed with her intelligent conversations and interest in learning. My thoughts are with you as you adjust to life without her. May God grant you peace.”
- Dione Belling
Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 10:11 AM
“Sheryl and family so sorry your in our thoughts and prayers. David'& Janel Maurer.”
- David Maurer
Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 11:24 AM
“Dear Barney and family,
We are sorry for your loss. During this time of sorrow, may you always be aware of God's abiding love. May memories comfort the void of your loss.
Tom and Mary Galik”
- Tom Galik
Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“So sorry for your loss! She was a very sincere person and will be missed by many. God bless her family and know she walked with Jesus!”
- Nancy and Jim Hartmann
Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“My sympathy to Shirley’s family.”
- Deb Wilcox
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