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Shirley Marie Cook

Shirley Marie Cook, nee Floerke, 79, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at the Townsend Family Care Dementia Unit in Wilton, IA. She had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016. She was the daughter of Elmer and Alida Floerke (nee Buss) and was born in Waterloo, IL on October 28, 1941.

Shirley graduated top of her class at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic High School in 1959.  After which she married and spent several years living in Albuquerque, NM and Tallahassee, FL. When she moved back to Waterloo, she worked as the Bookkeeper at Gibault Catholic High School for almost 30 years.  And was a parishioner at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Shirley enjoyed traveling, bingo, yard sales, antiques, fishing, playing card and trivia games, and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. More than anything, she loved her family. She raised her children to be strong, positive, independent thinkers.  She is survived by her children: son Chuck Cook of St. Peters, MO, daughters Cynthia (Daniel) Speed of Wilton, IA, Constance (Mark) Eddy of Prairie Village, KS, and Kimberly (Juston) Sitzman of Evansville, IN, and her 16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren: Heather (Charles) Passe (nee Lochhead) and their sons Cooper and Jude of Houston, TX, Amanda Lochhead and her daughters Kallie and Harper of Katy, TX, Kelsey Speed and son Easton of Wilton, IA, Cayla (Joel) Ketelsen (nee Speed) and their sons Avett and Kit of North Liberty, IA, Megan (Robby) Brandes (nee Cook) and their son Eli of O’Fallon, MO, Riley Speed of Wilton, IA, Rachel Cook of St. Peters, MO, Sarah Lochhead of Chester, IL, Hallie, Brynna and Joshua Speed of Wilton, IA, Ashley, Tristan and Tucker Eddy of Prairie Village, KS and Chase and Sawyer Sitzman of Evanville, IN.  She is also survived by a brother Robert Floerke of Waterloo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Cheryl Lochhead, and her brothers Roy Floerke, Jim Floerke and David Floerke. 

5 PM to 7 PM Sunday, December 27, 2020 at Quernheim Funeral Home
*due to COVID-19, only 10 visitors will be allowed to pay their respects at a time
8 AM until 9:30 AM Monday at Quernheim Funeral Home

Funeral Mass:
10 AM Monday, December 28, 2020 at SS Peter & Paul Church in Waterloo, IL
* The church will allow up to 100 guests
Father Linus Umoren C.M. officiating
Interment at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery in Waterloo, IL

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Shirley was my dearest friend in early childhood; she lived across the street and we spent so much time playing together before we hit our teens; it is a fond memory. Then our paths crossed again in our middle years in Waterloo where I could see Shirley's dedication to her family, her work, her Faith, and overall goodness. I'm so sorry, for the sake of Shirley's family, that she is no longer with them. My most sincere sympathy to Robert and to Shirley's children on your loss.

Louise Eisenhauer Crook Jan 13 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to learn of Shirley's passing. We were neighbors on Park St. in Waterloo, and also good friends. Sending sincere sympathy to all the family.

Jane Eisenhauer Petre Jan 7 2021 12:00 AM

Chuck and all the Cook family. My deepest sympathy on the loss of Shirley. I and my family are out of town for the holidays, but want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
John,Kay,Eva and Mae Descher

John Descher Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM

We were neighbors of the Cooks and Floerke families for many years. Hugs and prayers to both families! Keep her in your heart and you will have many good memories. God bless all of you.

Barbara Ries Garcia Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM

I have many fond memories of working with Shirley while she was bookkeeper at Gibault. We worked closely in keeping the books and spent many long hours after school. She was a valued employee and very dedicated to her job and was an asset to the school and the kids. While working together after hours, it was easy to see how proud she was of her family and their accomplishments. She would keep me informed always on status of her kids. She will be missed. May she Rest in Peace and never be forgotten.

David Kennedy Dec 24 2020 12:00 AM