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Shirley J. Muth

April 17, 1936 — May 22, 2018

Shirley J. Muth

Shirley J. Muth, 82, of Garner died Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 25th at the United Methodist Church in Garner with Rev. Paul Evans officiating. Burial will be at Rock Falls Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Thursday at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. 4th St., in Garner and will resume one hour prior to services at the church.

Shirley Jean Muth, the daughter of Raymond and Alice (Kahler) Gruben, was born April 17, 1936 in Portland Township, Cerro Gordo County. She attended country school near her home and graduated from Nora Springs High School. Following high school, Shirley worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Mason City. On July 2, 1955 she was married to Alfred Burke at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mason City. The couple lived in Rock Falls where they raised their daughter, Cindy. Shirley was employed in the dietary department at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City for almost 40 years. After Alfred passed away in 1990, she continued to live in Rock Falls. On February 20, 1993 she was married to Ralph Muth at Old Stone Methodist Church in Rock Falls. They made their home in Garner. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, cooking, shopping, and gardening.

She was a member of the Garner United Methodist Church, UMW – Esther Circle and the Hancock Ag Girls.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Terry) Stanley of Rock Falls; two step-daughters, Debora (Chuck) Buland of Mason City and Janet (Chip) Francis of Oxford, IA; step mother-in-law, Merilaynne Muth of Mason City; grandchildren, Jamie (Mike) Jensen, Josh Stanley, James Buland, Scott (Minnie) Buland, Shawn (Jill) Buland, Amy (Lynn) Reihman and Stacy (Chris) Henely; great grandchildren, Zach Schmidt, Dylan Jensen, Reawna Jensen, Isabel Jensen, Shaylynn Stanley-Krull, Terrhyn Stanley-Krull, Gaven Stanley, Hannah Buland, A.J. Buland, Madisen Buland, Rosemary Buland, Amelia and Addilyn Reihman and Gracelyn and Henry Henely; a sister, Sharon (James) White of Tracy, CA; three brothers-in-law, Roger Muth of Garner, Fred (Linda) Muth of Clear Lake and Leon Lewis of Cedar Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Alfred in 1990; and second husband, Ralph in 2012.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Cataldo Funeral Home - Garner Chapel

160 East 4th Street, Garner, IA 50438

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Garner United Methodist Church

885 Maben Ave., Garner, IA 50438

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