Ethel B. Nirk
- June 14, 1911 - February 14, 2008
- Circle Pines, Minnesota
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Ethel B. Nirk, age 96, passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2008, at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at 10:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Sheldon. Rev. Marvin Lindley officiating.
Burial in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.
Visitation will be Monday, from 2:30 to 8:30 P.M. with the family present from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.
Ethel B. Morfitt Nirk was born to William Trester and Laura (Smith) Morfitt, on a farm near Archer, Iowa, on June 14, 1911, Flag Day. Her children grew up believing the flags, in review for Flag Day, were in honor of their mother.
Ethel lived her youth near Archer, Iowa, moving to Harris, Iowa, where she attended a country school and graduated from Harris High School, in 1930. She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald Nirk, of Harris, Iowa, on July 7, 1934, in Spencer, Iowa. Gerald and Ethel farmed in the Harris and Sheldon areas during their 51 years of married life. Gerald passed away on May 27, 1985.
She was a member of the Sheldon United Methodist Church and the Lydia Circle for over 50 years, receiving the Lifetime Membership in United Methodist Women (UMW) for her dedicated service to her church.
She was a full time farm wife and mother. She later worked for Bogaard Cleaners doing alterations for local stores and patrons. She continued applying her sewing skills in her own home for many years after her retirement from Bogaard's.
Ethel was instrumental in establishing education opportunities for Sheldon area special needs students. She was a driving force and fundraiser to help establish and maintain Village Northwest and Handicap Workshop.
She was honored for serving as a board member of Northwest Association for Handicapped Citizens for over 27 years.
Ethel and Gerald donated many family artifacts to the Sheldon Museum and she served as a docent for many years.
Her family and friends considered her the "Keeper of the Family Histories" and enjoyed listening to her many stories of the "Good Old Days".
Those left to cherish her memories are her children: Gary (Sharon) Nirk of Burbank, WA, Patricia (Gail) Jasper of Buchanan, VI, Judith (Charles) Thomas of Minneapolis, MN, Janet Nirk of Emmetsburg, IA; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister: Mardell Crist of Hartley, IA, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Gerald; her daughter: Lois Nirk Letourneau; her parents; five sisters and three brothers.
In Loving Memory Of
Ethel B. Nirk
Born: June 14, 1911, Archer, Iowa
Passed Away: February 14, 2008, Sheldon, Iowa
Age: 96 years and 8 months
Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at 10:30 A.M.
United Methodist Church, Sheldon, Iowa
Family Prayer Service at 10:15 A.M.
Rev. Marvin Lindley
Organist: Barb Burns
"Precious Lord, Take My Hand" # 474
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Time of Remembrance by Wilbur Morfitt
(also for those in attendance)
Charles Thomas Gail Jasper
Neil Letourneau Gary Nirk
Matthew Thomas Brian Thomas
East Lawn Cemetery, Sheldon, Iowa
Following interment, the family invites all
for fellowship and lunch at the church.
Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service
Larry R. Andringa, Funeral Director