Shirley Meyer, age 86, of Mankato, passed away on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at Heartland Senior Living in Truman. Visitation will be on Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 12-2 PM at Zaharia Family Funeral Home in Truman where a service will be held at 2 PM with Pastor Adam Parvey officiating. Interment will be at a later date at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Truman. Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the area, the family requests that masks be worn. A live-stream of the service will be available on the funeral home website. Zaharia Family Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. www.ZahariaFamilyFuneral.com
Shirley Joan was born July 27, 1935 in Truman, Minnesota to Fred Frederick and Margaret Grace (Malmanger) Mausling. She graduated from Truman High School in 1953, she then began working at First National Bank of Minneapolis. Shirley celebrated New Year’s Eve in 1958 by marrying the love of her life, Marland “Dick” Meyer, (officially their wedding date is January 1st 1959) after that the two set out for their life’s adventure together in California. There, she began working for IBM as a data processor; she also worked for Lockheed Missile and Space Co. in Sunnyvale as a keypunch operator and instructor.
Shirley and Dick traveled on 5 ocean cruises and two trips to Europe, Italy, Germany and Scandinavian countries. They loved to travel. They built their home in California “in the clouds” and had a splendid view, while their home in Sunlakes, Arizona, overlooked the golf course. Shirley loved dancing to old time music in her young days. Later in life, she enjoyed line-dancing as well. Shirley loved to decorate for the holidays and her friends say that they loved to visit and enjoyed her vibrant personality as well as her hospitality. She belonged to the Red Hats Society in Sunlakes and in Mankato. She had many friends, as it was easy for her to make friends. She will be missed by all who loved her. Shirley was a member of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato.
Shirley will be deeply missed by her husband of 62 years, Dick Meyer of Mankato; brother, Raymond (Sandy) Mausling of San Jose, CA; sisters-in-law, Shirley Bell of San Jose, CA and Marvel Meyer of Fairmont, MN; brothers-in-law Harley Bettin of Grand Rapids, MN and Jerry (Jeannie) Meyer of Loomis, CA; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald Mausling; sisters-in-law, Joan Bettin and Melanie Meyer; brother-in-law, Lorvin Meyer; and niece, Kristin Mausling Plummer.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
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