Shirley Ann Sherkenbach was born in Cherokee on Aug. 27, 1933, the daughter of Ernst and Alta (Nielsen) Sherkenbach. She graduated from Aurelia High School in 1951, and then attended Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb.
On June 25, 1952, Shirley was united in marriage to Charles Edwin "Ed" Hilsabeck in Jackson, Minn. She worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone and at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute, retiring in 1992.
Shirley was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, where she was a member of St. Paul Ladies Aid and was a Sunday school teacher. She liked crocheting, knitting, baking, and watching her kids and grandkids participate in sporting events.
Shirley died Sunday, April 8, 2012, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab. Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Shirley in death were her parents, and her husband Ed Hilsabeck, on Aug. 12, 1984.
Survivors include three sons - Chuck and his wife Cynda Hilsabeck of Pleasant Hill, Kirk Hilsabeck of Lansing, Cindy Hilsabeck of Strawberry Point, and Kent and his wife Annette Hilsabeck of Manning. Also surviving are seven grandchildren - Travis and his wife Kristin Hilsabeck of Prairie City, Tiffany Hilsabeck of Des Moines, Brian Hilsabeck of Lansing, Kortney and her husband Steve Moel of Lisbon, Duncan and his wife Melissa Hilsabeck of Bunnlevel, N.C., Dereck Hilsabeck of Des Moines, and Daniel Hilsabeck of Manning; five great-grandchildren - Jovie Moel, Bria Moel, Ali Hilsabeck, Lincoln Hilsabeck, and Jackson Kerkhoff; her brother, Stan Sherkenbach of Cherokee; sister-in-law Joan Sherkenbach of Aurelia; and other relatives and friends.