March 3, 1936 – July 5, 2013
Shirley Lyon Kramer, 77, passed away July 5, 2013 at home after a brave 3 ½ year battle with ovarian cancer. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Monday, July 8 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 8301 Aurora Ave., Urbandale. The family will greet friends from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the church.
Shirley was born March 3, 1936 to Minnie and Gilbert Blekeberg in Decorah, IA. She graduated from Iowa State Teachers College (UNI) and from Upper Iowa University after which she taught as an Elementary Teacher in the Oelwein School District for 31 years. After retiring in 1994 she and husband, Robert “Bud” moved to Des Moines. Bud passed away in 1999. Shirley worked part time at Younkers and volunteered at the American Cancer Society Discover Shop and for Freedom For Youth.
In 2003 she met and married Bill Kramer. They enjoyed traveling together especially to international destinations. Shirley was a member of PEO Chapter HX, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Compass Club and several bridge clubs. She was proud of her Norwegian ancestry, loved a good garage sale and was an avid golfer. Shirley also enjoyed collecting antiques and designing floral arrangements. She was a great conversationalist, loved to entertain and had her “gal pals” wherever she went. Making new friends and retaining old friends gave her great pleasure.
Shirley loved her family deeply and was very close to her sisters. She loved her children, especially her grandchildren and enjoyed being in their lives. Shirley will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Shirley’s memory will be cherished by her husband, Bill; son, Larry (Lori) Lyon and their children, Logan, Lucas and Lansing, all of Waukee and son, Lyn (Vicki) Lyon and their children, Emily and Elizabeth, all of Van Meter; step-daughter, Karol (Luke) Vogel and their children, Ross, Ryan and Abby, all of West Des Moines and step-son, Kent Kramer of North Little Rock, AR. She is also survived by her sisters, Phyllis Rosendahl of West Des Moines, Karen (Les) Guttebo of Decorah, brothers-in-law, Lyle (Barb) Kramer of Urbandale and Ed (Millie) Kramer of Urbandale as well as many nieces, nephews and good friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert “Bud” Lyon, parents; brother, Bud and sister, Gladys.
Memorials may be directed to PEO, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Wesley Life Hospice or to DMARC.
A special thank you to Dr. Tom Buroker, to Pam and Mike at IMMC Radiology and to Aree and Shannon at Wesley Life Hospice for the compassionate care they provided to Shirley.Information provided by: Brooks Funeral Care 7975 University Blvd. Clive, IA 50325 www.meaningfulfunerals.net