Shirley Lavonne Turner Pippert, 96, passed away at Virginia Gay Hospital, Vinton, on Thursday, January 13, 2022 following a brief illness.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Van Steenhuyse-Teahen Funeral Home, Vinton. Burial will be at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.
Shirley was born October 5, 1925 to Edward and Vera (Merchant) Turner on the family farm outside of Garrison. She graduated from Garrison High School and then attended State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls receiving her elementary teaching certificate. Shirley's work career found her teaching at Garrison, Oregon State, Brandon, Urbana and then becoming a houseparent at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton.
On November 14, 1948, Shirley married Ned Pippert at the United Methodist Church in Garrison. Ned preceded Shirley in death on January 17, 2018.
Shirley was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vinton having been a Sunday school teacher, pianist and director of Vacation Bible School. Shirley also enjoyed quilting, sewing, crossword puzzles, playing cards, watching Wheel of Fortune and spending time with her family.
Shirley is survived by her children, Karen (Tim) Bahr and Kevin (Kimberly) Pippert of Vinton; brother, D. Eugene Turner of Cedar Rapids; sister, Sharon Turner of Cedar Rapids; eight grandchildren: Vanessa (Darren) Bechthold, Valerie (Josh) Rollins, Valecia (Mike) Zahorik, Greg (Barb) Pippert, Scott (Nancy) Pippert, Greg Pippert, Lori (Dave) Bierschenk and Dan Luze; several great and great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Janet Pippert; and son-in-law, Dean Luze.
Shirley was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathy Luze; son, Kent Pippert; great-great-grandson, Windsor Musgrave; four brothers; one sister; and nephew, Lynn Gingrich.
A memoral fund has been established.
Van Steenhuyse-Teahen Funeral Home of Vinton is caring for Shirley and her family. Condolences may be left at www.teahenfuneralhome.com.