Shirley Schoon


Shirley Ann Schoon, 91, of Anamosa, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 in St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, after a short illness.

A private family burial will be at the North Madison Pioneer Cemetery, Center Junction.

A public viewing will be held at the Goettsch Funeral Home in Anamosa from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, followed by an open-air memorial gathering (social distancing and face masks) to be held at the Wapsi Anna Park near the swimming pool in Anamosa from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Shirley was born Jan. 9, 1929 in the John McDonald Hospital in Monticello after being transported there by a horse-drawn sleigh during a fierce winter snow storm. At the age of 16, she traveled with chaperone by train to California to marry Harlan Schoon, a Navy serviceman, June 26, 1945. Together they raised six children.

Shirley was known for her hospitality, impeccable housekeeping, and homemade sweets. She also worked outside the home at Collins Radio, Kilborne Photo Paper Company, Woody’s Café, Strawberry Hill School kitchen and the Anamosa Care Center.

Shirley and Harlan lived a life of faith. They loved people and opened their home and hearts to family and friends during their lives.

Survivors include her children: Diane (Bob) Miller of Maitland, Fla.; Randy (Carolyn) Schoon of Longwood, Fla.; Patricia (Greg) Clymer of Anamosa; Dennie Hinrichs (son-in-law) of Anamosa; Doug Schoon of Monticello and Bruce Schoon of Minneapolis, Minn.; a brother Jack McDonald of Greene; 15 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren; and special friend Luke Seeley of Anamosa.

She was preceded in death by Harlan, her beloved husband of 61 years; daughter Connie Hinrichs; parents Clifford and Louise McDonald; her stepmother Hazel McDonald; eight brothers and sisters; and Donna Schoon, her dearest friend and sister-in-law.

Memorials may be made in Shirley’s name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research or Samaritan’s Purse.

Goettsch Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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