Shirley A. Berkemeyer, 79, Hermann, passed away Saturday, Oct 22, 2022, at Frene Valley of Hermann Stonebridge.
She was born Oct. 21, 1943, the daughter of the late Arthur and Pauline (Walter) Koch in Bay.
She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church at Bay, where she later served as organist for 15 years.
Shirley attended grade school at Bay, walking the two miles with her brother. She graduated Owensville High School in 1961. After graduation she was employed in Jefferson City as a secretary.
She was united in marriage to Melvin E. Berkemeyer, June 5, 1965, at Zion–St. Paul U.C.C., Bay. After her marriage to Melvin she was employed by Handi-Pac for 43 years in the accounting department.
Shirley was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Hermann, where she was a member of the Women’s Fellowship doing various volunteer work and also volunteered for Samaritan Outreach.
Shirley was a very strong woman who was a joy to family and friends no matter what challenges she faced. A dedicated wife and mother to her daughter and grandsons.
She was preceded in death by parents Arthur and Pauline; husband Melvin; and grandsons Dillon Stiers and Collin Marinaccio.
Shirley is survived by daughter Renee Barton and husband Dustin and grandson Evan Marrinaccio all of Hermann; and brother Melvin and Shirley Koch and a sister-n-law Dorothy Berkemeyer all of Owensville.
Graveside services will be held Thursday Nov. 3, at 1:00 p.m., at the Zion Cemetery, Bay.