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Shirley A. Mlekush
Shirley A. Mlekush
August 14, 1935 - December 01, 2012
Rock Island, Illinois

Memorial Service: 2:00 p.m. Friday December 07, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.
Visitation: Noon to 2:00 p.m. Friday December 07, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.
Interment: Private December 07, 2012 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill.

Shirley A. Newberry Mlekush, 77, of Rock Island passed away Saturday, December 1, 2012 in her home.

Memorial services celebrating Shirley's life are 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. Rev. Gregory Mayer, Pastor of First Lutheran Church, Rock Island will officiate. Visitation is Noon until service time Friday at the funeral home. Private inurnment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to the Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Milan.

Shirley was born on August 14, 1935 in Virginia, Ill., a daughter of Dale and Helen Trenter Newberry. She retired from Sunset Marina, Rock Island.

Shirley was a member of First Lutheran Church in Rock Island. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed going to church on Sunday, a good book, the movies, television, and card club with the girls.

Surviving are her four children, Scott (Valerie) Varner, Largo, Fla., Roxanne (Charles) Carter, Rock Island, Bradley (Navi) Mlekush, Clearwater, Fla., and Shawn (Amanda Howard) Mlekush, Denver, Colo.; two brothers, Gerald (Donna) Newberry, Milan and Ron (Cindy) Newberry, Milan; several cousins, nieces and nephews; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren with a tenth great-grandchild due very soon. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Herbert Newberry; sister, Jill Albert; and her lifetime buddies, cats named Middy and Lucky.

Online condolences may be left at www.wheelanpressly.com.



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Shirley and I sat near one another at church. We enjoyed seeing one another and had friendly conversation. I fondly remember her sons, Scott Varner and Shawn Mlekush. Both of these (now men)boys were good musicians and very helpful to me when I was teaching music and leading a church high school choir. I am sorry to learn of Shirley's passing. I'll miss her very much.
-- Nancy Johnson

As i was growing up you were a very important part of my life. Going to Aunt Shirleys to spend the night, was like my favorite thing to do. Having a bottle of pop, chicken in a biscuits and creature feature. It couldn't have gotten any better. The memories i will treasure. We love you very much and we will miss you. p.s. give mom a hug for me.
-- Todd , Robin and Family

You and I will meet again. When we least expect it, One day in a far off place I will recognize your face. I will not say goodbye Aunt Shirley for you and I will meet again. All our love.... May you rest in peace.
-- Amber Grant

Our deepest sympathy, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
-- Putter and Jean

I am very saddened to know of Shirley's passing. I grew up with her in the West End of Rock Island. She was a lovely person. May she rest in peace now, and may God comfort all who loved her.
-- Bob Cook

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
-- Denise Byers (Maki)

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May you and your family find comfort through loving memories. Thinking of you.
-- Sharon Soard

Shirley and I were cheerleaders together at Rocky High, oh so many years ago. She was always cute and had a personality to match. God Bless.
-- June Chambers Stoner

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and hold Shirley gently in his loving arms.
-- Grace Beaston Grundman

Shirley & I first met in confirmation class at Immanuel Lutheran Church. We later were classmates at Rocky. A pleasure to know such a sweet woman. My sympathy to the family.
-- Nancy Beck Wiggs

Shirley was one of the great ones. She was one of those people that everybody liked. And as a life-long thief of her cookie jar, I'm just glad that she had such a good sense of humor.
-- Thomas George

Scott and Roxanna, and other children, I am so sorry about your Mother. She was always so kind to me. I praise God that she loves going to chruch. so do I and I hope all of you are well. I keep in touch with Jody and DeeDee. That is how I new about you mom. You will miss her a lot. She was a very special. Love you all Wilma, Julie and Jackie. my e-mail varnerfive@yahoo.com
-- Wilma Varner

Every Christmas since 1984 Shirley would send a card and a nice long letter recounting the year. I would, in turn,do sort of the same since my letters were much shorter than hers. I missed that letter this past Christmas and wondered why. Tonight I googled Shirley's name and learned the sad news. All I can say is after knowing Shirley briefly all those years ago when I worked at Circa 21 with her talented son, Shawn, she decided to keep me as a friend and friends we remained. With our Christmas catch-ups, I got to know a warm and wonderful person. I will miss our Christmas 'reunions".
-- Tony Baksa aka Baxa