The Ottumwa Courier


February 18, 2013

Shirley Wohler, 85, Sigourney

SIGOURNEY — Shirley Wohler, 85, of Sigourney, went to meet her Savior Feb. 15, 2013, at the Keokuk County Health Center in Sigourney after an 18-month battle with MDS.

Shirley was born Feb. 23, 1927, in State Center, Iowa, the third of 11 children of Lyell and Marie (Hennies) Aves, and graduated from Mason City High School. On Nov. 29, 1952, she married Gerald Wohler in Luverne, Minn.

The couple moved to Sigourney in 1956 to run the HiDollar Sale Company. They also worked at Keoco Auction Company. In 1980, Shirley became the head cashier for the family-run HiDollar Auction and will be dearly missed by its patrons and staff. Shirley retired from HiDollar in 2011. Shirley was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and the LWML. They were only four ladies strong, but when they put on their purple aprons they could cook up a meal fit for a king. Shirley cherished the times they worshiped and the times they spent together.  She enjoyed watching the Hawkeyes, gardening, sewing, cooking, fishing and anything that included spending time with her family.

Survivors include two children, Jerry (Emily) Wohler and Julie Wohler; two grandchildren, Benjamin Wohler and Sara Wohler, all of Sigourney; eight siblings, LuVerne Aves of Waterloo, LaVonne (Roger) Clagett of Kensett, Lila Johnston of Henning, Minn., Ray (Mary) Aves of Manly, Jeanette (Harold) Galligan of New Hampton, Linda (Ozzie) Dahle-Melsaether of Manly, Rick Aves of Manly and Susan Aves of Mason City; sister-in-law, Deb McArthur; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald in 1999; sister, Donna (Ray) Olson; brother, Bobby Aves; sister-in-law, Arline Aves; brother-in-law, Bob Johnston; and two nieces, Judy Bird and Debbie Olson.

Celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Hope Lutheran Church in Sigourney, with Pastor Richard Meyer officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Sigourney.

Visitation was held Sunday at Powell Funeral Home in Sigourney.

A memorial fund has been established for the Sigourney Public Library, Hope Lutheran Church or Keokuk County Health Center.

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