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Rita Ann Shirkey

January 12, 1951 May 20, 2021
Rita Ann Shirkey
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Obituary for Rita Ann Shirkey

Rita Ann (Oye) Shirkey, age 70, was born on January 12, 1951, in Luverne, MN, the daughter of Virgil and Lucille (Lauck) Oye. She grew up in the Hardwick/Luverne area and was active in 4-H. She enjoyed being crowned the Rock County Dairy Princess. Rita graduated in 1973 from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Family Social Science. She had a career as a social worker for the State of South Dakota and Nobles and Jackson County in Minnesota. Rita married her loving husband, Timothy Shirkey on April 30, 1983, in Worthington, MN. She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Worthington, where she served on the Evangelism Board, Church Council, Health Cabinet, Mission and Humane Care Boards, and was also a part of the quilting ministry who provided quilts for the Orphan Grain Train. Her hobbies included getting a good deal, “talking smart”, following her sisters’ horse races, and talking about her family. Rita’s smile was constant, bright and infectious and she had a knack for always making people feel special. The room was never quiet when she was around; she had a boisterous, unforgettable cackle. Rita also had an uncanny gift for remembering dates and being the family historian. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and being the “mother of this operation”. Rita passed away on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at her residence in Worthington, MN.
Rita is survived by two daughters, Karli Oye of Brandon, SD and Nicole (Jimmy) Son of Chaska, MN; grandchildren, Austin Pulse and Bryant, Ena, and Thorsten Son; siblings, Virginia (Sherwood) Peters, Bruce (Marilyn) Oye, and Burdell (Barbara) Oye, along with numerous nephews, nieces, and in-laws, and special friend, Cliff Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Lucille; husband, Timothy Shirkey; sisters, Rea and Donna, and grandsons, Cole and Jacob Pulse.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m., at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN, with Pastor Mark Schreiber officiating. Casket bearers will be Todd Oye, Jeff Peters, Brad Bohn, Matt Shirkey, Austin Pulse, and Jimmy Son. Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

26

May

10:00 AM 5/26/2021 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/26/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Matthew Lutheran Church

1505 Dover Street
Worthington, MN 56187

St. Matthew Lutheran Church
1505 Dover Street Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Wednesday

26

May

11:00 AM 5/26/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Matthew Lutheran Church

1505 Dover Street
Worthington, MN 56187

St. Matthew Lutheran Church
1505 Dover Street Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

29600 County Highway 35
Worthington, MN 56187

29600 County Highway 35 Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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