Shirley JoAnn (Gardner) Ferroni, 80, of Ely, formerly
of Monticello, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in her daughter's home with her beloved family by her side. The family will greet friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. Celebration of Life service: 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home conducted by Mike Olinger. Casual dress is requested. Inurnment: Anderson Cemetery, Swisher. Following burial, friends are invited to join the family for a gathering at the Swisher American Legion.
Shirley is survived by her beloved Chihuahua, Chica; daughters, Candi Gardner (Jim Hoyt) of Ely and Gena (Rob) Pudil of Swisher; son, Eron Ferroni of Centerville; grandchildren, Trisha (Ryan) Oldfather of Stone City, Joshua (Melanie) Umbdenstock of Swisher, Kody (Rachelle) Pudil of Swisher, Kourtney (Brandon) Janss of Swisher, Gage, Tanner and Rhianna Cook of Cedar Rapids, Emma Ferroni of Mechanicsville, Jessica Moffit of Mechanicsville and Stacey Mashmann of Mechanicsville; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Megan and Brooklyn Umbdenstock, Makayla and Tyler Maschmann, Serena and Liliana Moffitt, Sophia Deppe and Charleigh and Daxton Pudil; sister, Jewell (Don) Midthum of Des Moines; brother, Tom (Eloise) Gardner of Des Moines; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Geno (1970); parents; brother, Raymond Gardner; sister, Jean Wallace; and sister-in-law, Bev Gardner.
Shirley was born Jan. 23, 1936, in Osceola, Iowa, the daughter of William Roswell and Tressie Helena (Woods) Gardner. In 1963, she married Geno Joseph Ferroni in Booneville. Shirley worked many years sewing for Polo Plastics, was an adult assistant with Systems Unlimited and a donut baker at Casey's General Store in Mechanicsville.
She enjoyed morning coffee with her friends and Tuesday night bingo when she lived in Monticello. Shirley's favorite pastimes were reading and riding her electric scooter around Ely with her faithful canine companion, Chica. She also loved her occasional trips to the casino to play penny slots.
Special thanks to Gina, her home nurse of 10 years, and Kim, her bath aid for eight years. Also, special thanks to UnityPoint Hospice (especially Hannah, Amy and Beth) for the exceptional care they had shown to Shirley.
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