Shirley Jean Osborne-Siems
Shirley Jean Osborne-Siems, age 86, of Cedar Lake passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at her home, with her family by her side. Shirley was born on May 13, 1927 in Ionia, Michigan, the daughter of William and Alberta (Staines) Rutherford. She was raised in the Snows Lake area of Fenwick and graduated from Greenville High School with the class of 1945.
In 1962, Shirley began working as a clerk at the Cedar Lake Super Market, retiring in 1985. Shirley was active in her community and her church. She enjoyed working at the Community Center in Lakeview and playing the organ and piano at the Edmore Seventh-day Adventist Church, where she was a member. She enjoyed working puzzles, feeding birds and ceramics. Shirley was a “pillar” in the Cedar Lake area having resided there for more than 70 years. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, always displaying a positive attitude, along with laughter and smiles.
Leaving to mourn their loss are her three sons: James (Jan) Osborne of Cedar Lake; William (Jan) Osborne of Virginia and Ken (Polly) Osborne of East Point, Michigan; two daughters: Suzan (Howard) Herrick of Bristol, Indiana and Patricia (Fred) Gleason of Gowen; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild and numerous friends.
Shirley was preceded in death by her first husband, Clifford Russell Osborne who passed in 1990; her second husband, Ralph Siems who passed in 2012; a daughter, Nancy Louise Osborne who passed in 2005; a grandson, Clifford Earl Osborne in 1994 and an infant granddaughter, Tina Papendick.
A memorial service in Shirley’s honor will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 4 p.m. at the Cedar Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cedar Lake with Pastor Dave Gotshall officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Shirley’s name may be made to the Great Lakes Adventist Academy’s Music Department.
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