Shirley (Engh) Engstrom

Shirley (Engh) Engstrom, 96, of Kanawha passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Kanawha Community Home.

Funeral services for Shirley Engstrom will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 10:30 AM at the Kanawha Lutheran Church, 124 West Fourth Street in Kanawha, with Pastor Geoffrey White officiating. Burial will take place at Elmwood Cemetery near Renwick.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Home, 118 East Second Street in Kanawha, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Shirley, the daughter of William and Grace (Michelson) Engh was born June 26, 1921 east of Renwick, Iowa in Boone Township in Wright County.  She was 5 years old when she moved with her family to a farm west of Kanawha, Iowa.  Shirley received her education in a country school in Magor Township and then graduated from Kanawha High School in 1938.

Shirley was united in marriage to Frank Engstrom of Renwick on January 23, 1942 at the Kanawha Lutheran Church.  They started farming east of Renwick and she lived there until she moved to Kanawha in October of 2003.  To this union three children were born, Bonita, Betty and Mike.

Shirley was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church southwest of Kanawha and when it closed in 1993 she became a member of Kanawha Lutheran.

She loved her family and enjoyed her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great granddaughters.  She enjoyed doing a lot of yard work on the farm and working with her garden and flowers.  Shirley made quilts for Lutheran World Relief and Bremwood Children’s home in Waverly.  The grandkids remember her cooking and baking especially her cinnamon rolls.

Those left to cherish her memory are Bonita (Robert) Harle of Kanawha and Betty (Howard) Hughes of Humboldt; six grandchildren Brian (Michelle), Bruce (Brenda), Barbara (Richard), Rodney, Rhonda (Calvin), Robert (Melanie); great-grandchildren Cheyenne, Courtney, Carson, Berkley, Blake, Jordan (Alex), Sabri, Tyler, Zachary (Erika), Austin (Jessica), Mason, Nikki (Jon), Samantha (Nick), Tayla, Jade, Shayna, Nathan, Emily; great great-granddaughters Brittany, Annabelle, Alyza; sisters-in-law Arlene Engh, Rita Mae Rossman; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Frank in 1992, her son Michael 2002, daughter-in-law Kay 2003, brothers Kermit (Jessie) Engh, Willis Engh, nephew Arnold Engh and brother-in-law Refine Rossman.


Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Home – Kanawha
118 East 2nd Street, Kanawha, Iowa 50447
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Date: Monday, March 5, 2018
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Kanawha Lutheran Church
124 West Fourth Street, Kanawha, Iowa 50447
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