Shirley Jean Zirwas, age 70, was welcomed into heaven Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Her loving husband and children surrounded her.
Shirley was born Feb. 10, 1943, in Heidelberg, Pa., to the late Baldo and Hazel Iorio. She married Thomas Zirwas on Jan. 19, 1963, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past January. Her husband, Tom survives her, as do her children, Marsha, wife of Michael Wiesenbach, Johnstown, Pa.; Michael, husband of Brenda, Torrey, Utah, and Matthew, husband of Jill, Columbus, Ohio. In addition, she had four grandchildren she adored: Seth Wiesenbach, a sophomore at Drexel University, Ben Wiesenbach, a junior at Westmont High in Johnstown, Pa., and Margaret and Susannah Zirwas, elementary students at Cassingham Elementary in Bexley, Ohio. Shirley is also survived by her brother, Ron, husband of Steffanie, in Pittsburgh, Pa., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Shirley and Tom raised their children in Western Pennsylvania and later moved to Columbus, Ohio. Shirley and Tom were snowbirds in their later years and had a home in Venice, Fla., where they enjoyed bicycling and walking on the beach collecting sharks’ teeth. While living in Columbus, Ohio, Shirley enjoyed golfing, playing cards and traveling with her friends. Shirley leaves behind many friends who have fond memories of her.
Her family would like to thank all of those who were involved in her care, especially her friend Bev Wood, Mt. Carmel Hospice and Home Instead Nursing.
Services: A Memorial Mass was held for Shirley at Monday, Nov. 18, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, where family welcomed friends. Monseigneur David Funk was the celebrant. Cremation services were entrusted to Schoedinger East Chapel.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in memory of Shirley to either the Mt. Carmel Foundation or St. Pius X Catholic Church.