Shirley Foels

Shirley A. Foels, 69, of Waukon died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, March 17 at Community Presbyterian Church, Postville, with Rev. Gary Catterson and Pastor Steve Oden as the Officiants. Interment was held in the Postville Cemetery.
Shirley Ann, the daughter of Roger Leland and Jean Shirley (Crawford) Sampson, was born May 29, 1945 in Clovis, NM. She was dedicated September 16, 1945 at the Decorah Lutheran Church and confirmed November 1, 1959 at the Frankville Presbyterian Church. In May of 1980, Shirley asked Jesus to become her Lord and Savior and she was baptized August 22, 1980.
Shirley attended the Frankville Grade School and graduated from Postville High School in 1963. She graduated from the Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) in 1967. Shirley was united in marriage with Dean Foels June 18, 1967 at the Frankville Presbyterian Church. Dean and Shirley farmed east of Postville for many years. Shirley also taught sixth grade in Luana and art in Farmersburg and Luana. She most recently worked at the Good Samaritan Home in Waukon, which she thoroughly enjoyed for several years.
Shirley was involved in many activities in her church and community. She served as a deacon for the Community Presbyterian Church, taught Sunday School, and was secretary for the Esther Circle. She taught Sunday School and baked bread and prepared communion for Forest Mills Church. She was active in Bible Study Groups and attended New Life Christian Church in Waukon.
Shirley was a member of a Rosemaling club, the Silver Spikes Model Railroad Club, and P.E.O. She was active with the Allamakee Republican Central Committee and was an elections poll worker for many years. Shirley was very artistic and enjoyed creating her rock gardens and flower gardens, and she enjoyed traveling.
Shirley is survived by her children, Christa Parker of Waukon and Karsten (Beth) Foels of Luana; two grandchildren, Jackson Dean Foels and Tristan Ronald Foels; her sister, Sharon (Byron) Zeisler of Fish Creek, WI; and a brother-in-law, Calvin (Betty) Foels of Monona. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Dean; and her parents.
Condolences may be left at Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Postville was in charge of arrangements.