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Shirley Melugin

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Shirley E. Melugin, age 96 of Fredericksburg, died Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Hillcrest Home in Sumner. Per Shirley's wishes no formal services will be held. Shirley Emma Melugin was born November 14, 1919, in Fredericksburg, IA, the daughter of John and Rose (Hruska) Mikes. She attended school in Fredericksburg and was a 1937 graduate of Fredericksburg High School. During her teenage years, Shirley worked for her father, John Mikes, the original founder of Mikes Meat Market in Fredericksburg. Shirley then attended college at American Institute of Business in Des Moines. She returned to Fredericksburg and worked at First State Bank of Fredericksburg for several years. Shirley was united in marriage to Woodrow 'Pete' Melugin on September 16, 1946, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. To this union three children were born. The couple moved to Marble Rock, IA, where they resided for four years. They then moved back to Fredericksburg where Shirley co-owned and worked next to her husband Pete at S & W Grocery for 23 years. Shirley retired in Fredericksburg. Shirley took flying lessons before WWII and had a passion for flying. She was proud to be able to visit the birthplace of her father in the Czech Republic. Shirley loved to tend to her flowers and plants. She was a past member of the United Methodist Church and the Eastern Star. Shirley is survived by one son, John (Connie) Melugin of Waterloo, IA; one daughter, Jane (John) Melugin Brooks of Fredericksburg, IA; one granddaughter, Jennifer (Bryan) Melugin and great - granddaughter Elise Melugin all of Elgin, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Woodrow Melugin in 2000; son, William in infancy; 3 sisters, Ann Murray, Rose Mullens, and Isabelle Turbett; 5 brothers, John, Edwin, Frank, James, and Victor Mikes.

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  1. Shirley was quite a lady.Always enjoyed her company,she was always smiling & laughing . I’m happy 2 have known her & worked with her.Sorry 4 ur loss.

  2. Shirley loved the cat Jane bought for her. However I never liked cats, and when in her room it invariably would turn its head and follow me and meow. So I told Shirley how much I disliked cats, and she laughed. Then one day when the snow was piling up about 6 inches an hour I said I might get stuck at Hillcrest. Shirley said ‘Welll, you can stay with me. I would love it.’ She turned to walk away and stopped and said ‘But the cat stays.’ I will remember Shirley fondly forever. She was one of a kind. I pray God comforts the family with the knowledge that Shirley was loved by everyone who knew her, and that she is in a place of glory with, finally, no pain. Marlys Gaede

  3. Thank you for sharing Shirley with us!! She was a true gem!! I loved her smile and laugh!! I will miss her!! My heart felt sympathy and prayers to all of you.

  4. Jane and John–I want to offer my sympathy. I am sure you have many happy memories of your mother down through the years. Keep those close to your heart. Myrna Moore

  5. I know how much you are hurting now. Just hold on to the thought that Aunt Shirley has no more pain. I am sure Kathy and others are welcoming her home with open arms. God bless

  6. Jane and family, Though Shirley was pretty independent when she was in her room, and I didn’t do much to help her, it was an honor and privilege to be one of her caregivers at Hillcrest. Praying for you at this difficult time of loss. May God give you comfort and peace.

  7. When we went to Hillcrest home I always was happy to go across the hall and visit with sweet Shirley..blessings

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