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Shirley M. Chenchar

Posted July 14, 2014 in Des Moines West, Obituaries

May 15, 1932 – July 8, 2014

Shirley Chenchar

Shirley Chenchar

Shirley Mae (Mentele) Chenchar, 82, from Des Moines, IA passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014. She was born in Farmer, SD on May 15, 1932, the daughter of Albert Anton Mentele and Mary Frances (Kessler) Mentele. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Mitchell, SD and received a degree from St. Mary’s College in Omaha, NE.

On August 22, 1953 Shirley married John Michael Chenchar at St. John’s Catholic Church in Omaha.

She is survived by her five children, Mike Chenchar (Debbie) of Des Moines and their sons, Aaron, Matt and Jake; Paula Hanus (Ken) of Clear Lake, IA and their sons, Trevor, Riley and AJ; Kacey Dondero (David) of Virginia Beach, VA; Andy Chenchar (Melissa) of Des Moines and their son, Max; and Brenda Chenchar of Des Moines; brother, Thomas Mentele (Sandy) of Sioux Falls, SD and sister, Joanne Christofferson (Jerry) of Black Hawk, SD.

In 1985, Shirley opened The Heart Of Iowa Market Place in Valley Junction, West Des Moines. Throughout her life she was active in many different organizations and clubs: St. Augustin Catholic Church and Altar and Rosary Society, Dowling Auxiliary Guild, Rotary, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Valley Junction Business Association, PEO LL and LE Chapters, served six years on the board of the WDM Chamber of Commerce, and much, much more. While living in Clear Lake from 2002 to 2011 she volunteered at Opportunity Village. However, of all her accomplishments, Shirley was most proud of her five children and being a grandmother to her seven grandsons.

Memorial services will be held at St. Augustin Church in Des Moines, 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake, 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22. Memorials may be made to St. Augustin Church, 545 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312 or the Clear Lake Arts Center at 17 South 4th St., Clear Lake, IA 50428.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Dunn’s Chapel
2121 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

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