Shirley Funk
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Obituary of Shirley Funk

A graveside service for Shirley Funk, 86, of Spirit Lake will be held at 11 am, Friday, March 4, 2022, at Lakeview Cemetery in Spirit Lake. Visitation will be Thursday, March 3, 2022, from 5 - 7 pm at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake.

Shirley Ann (Prins) Funk, the daughter of Wilbur and Alice (Van Berkum) Prins, was born on March 14, 1935, in Orange City, Iowa. She grew up in rural Orange City and graduated from high school before attending St. Luke’s Nursing College in Sioux City. 

On June 14, 1956, Shirley was united in marriage to Lammert “Hap” Funk in Orange City. 

Throughout her life, Shirley lived in Orange City, Sibley, Sioux Valley (MN), Arnolds Park, and Spirit Lake. Shirley was a registered nurse and worked at area hospitals. 

Shirley was very active in her community as a past 4-H leader of West Holman Prairie Farmers, past Awana’s table parent, past Sunday school teacher, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake. In her free time, Shirley enjoyed knitting Barbie doll clothes, sewing Skipper clothes, and making bars for after school snacks daily (the boys were always cleaning them up). Shirley also filled her time with helping wash milkers when not nursing at the Osceola Community Hospital and Lakes Regional Healthcare and did wood working with Hap after retiring to give to friends and family. Shirley moved to Hilltop Care Center, now Accura Healthcare, in 2012. 

Shirley passed on February 28, 2022, at Accura Healthcare in Spirit Lake. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Teresa (Doug) Loerts of Milford, Iowa; Andy (Betty Jo) Funk of Strafford, Missouri; Marcia (Mark) Huppert of Leon, Iowa; Eddie Funk of Lewiston, Minnesota; grandchildren: Melissa Reding, Matthew Loerts, Michael Loerts, Kristie O’Neal, Mindy Dull, Mark Funk, Chad Funk, David Huppert, William Funk, Olivia Funk; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Marcine (Harold) Schiebout of Sioux Center, Iowa; brother, Larry Prins of Oklahoma; numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family. 

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Lammert “Hap”; parents, Wilbur and Alice; and great-granddaughter Christina Reding.