In Memory of

Shirley Ann Zembsch

January 26, 1937 - January 18, 2018
From: Cherokee, IA
Shirley Ann (Oentrich) Zembsch, was born in O'Brien County, IA, January 26, 1937 to Elda (Kuehl) and Fritz Oentrich. As a child, she lived in the Paullina, Sutherland and Gaza areas. She was baptized May 5, 1948, and confirmed on March 18, 1951. She graduated from Gaza High School.
Shirley married the love of her life, Robert Zembsch, and together they raised five children in Cherokee. The family did a lot of camping—the children often bringing along their friends. Shirley worked as a unit secretary at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital, and retired in 1987 due to her struggles with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary and the Arthritis Foundation.
Shirley had a real passion for life. She enjoyed traveling, music, dancing and doing crafts. She liked spending time with her flowers and garden. She canned much of the produce she grew, and put it to good use for cooking and baking. She had a large collection of cookbooks. She also collected angels and cups & saucers. She was an avid sports fan, and was especially loyal to the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Shirley was blessed with a good sense of humor and a nurturing spirit. She lovingly took on the role of caretaker for her parents and for her brother, Bruce.
On Thursday, January 18, 2018, Shirley passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center, at the age of 80. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert on Oct. 19, 1978, and two brothers, Arlo (Ozzie) Oentrich and Bruce Oentrich.
Survivors include her children: Michael (Marilyn) Zembsch of Phoenix, AZ, Dan (Sarah) Zembsch of Cape Girardeau, MO, Kathy Smith of Lewisville, TX, Melinda (Pat) Winchell of Henderson, NV, and Melissa (Mike) Jensen of Iowa Park, TX; her sister, Sharon (Orlyn) Miller of Minneapolis, MN; her grandchildren: Tyson Smith, Gillian, Ben, Joseph & Anna Mae Zembsch, Daniel & Chris Winchell, Jennifer Hale, Guthrie Jensen; 11 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Cherokee.

Pastor Cris Decious
Mike Sprouse
Jim Robinsen
Dennis Gravenish
David Peck
Tim Carlson
Leroy Schmidt
Mike Harmelink
Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26th at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.

Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery near Calumet at a later date.


Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8:15 AM
“I worked with Shirley at the hospital back in the late 70's. I was just a kid (17) working in maintenance on the weekends. She gave me the name "curly" and I just loved receiving her humorous attention that she gave me! Of course knew my parents well. The video tribute was nice to watch. My sympathies to all the family.”
- Craig Goth
Friday, January 26, 2018 at 9:07 AM
“Sorry for your loss. Prayers your way.”
- Paul& Bonnie Hasenwinkel
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 9:35 AM
“May you find peace in knowing she has been reunited with loved ones already in heaven & that her pain is gone. Our thoughts & prayers are with all.”
- Roger & Ardis Jensen
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 9:35 AM
“My sympathies to the Zembsch family. Shirley was such a nice lady. My prayers to you all. ”
- Lori Roberts Ebel
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 9:35 AM
“We were so sorry to hear about your Mom. When my brother, Kevin Schmillen, played baseball in Cherokee, many years ago, we always sat by your mom and so enjoyed the days from long ago:) She was a great lady and she will be missed. You have Mark and My deepest sympathy. God Bless.”
- Becky Patterson
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 4:29 PM
“Sending thoughts and prayers to the entire family. ”
- Carol Blankenbaker
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 4:29 PM
“To the Zembsch Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you celebrate the life and works of your mother.

The Bennett Family”
- David Bennett Family
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 2:55 PM
“Very sorry for your loss of Shirley. Sending thoughts and prayers from Arizona. ”
- Jean Post
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 2:55 PM
“Im so sorry to hear of shirleys passing ... she was always a sweet lady and im sure she will be missed by many ... thoughts and prayers to the whole family ”
- Kayla smith
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 2:55 PM
“To all the Family;
So many memories of Bob and Shirley and you guys. May God's peace be with you at this time....
Al & Jeannie (Fassler) Rupp”
- Jeannie Fassler Rupp
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 2:55 PM
“Sending our deepest sympathy to all of your family. Shirley will be missed, especially at church. ”
- Duane and Linda Christensen
Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:34 PM
“Dear Dan,

Our Deepest Sympathy to you and your family. May you all find peace and love in the memories you cherish of your mother. ”
- SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau Family
Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:34 PM
“Condolences to Shirley's family. I have very fond memories of you all.”
- Steve Fassler
Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 12:08 PM
“Are deepest sympathy. Rest in peace Shirley!”
- Mike and Kathy Harmelink
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