The former Shirley Frances Dominick was born June 16, 1929 in Le Mars, the daughter of Leo and Irene Warren Dominick. She grew up in Le Mars and attended Le Mars Public Schools. Shirley married Harold J. Sitzmann Dec. 28, 1949, at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars.
Following their marriage, the couple farmed for many years west of Le Mars until their retirement in 1988. Harold and Shirley spent more than 30 years of summer fun at Lake Shetek in Minnesota, and when they were in their early 50s they began traveling to Pharr, Texas, to escape Iowa winters. While they wintered in Texas, much of their time and talent was spent reconstructing an orphanage operated by an order of nuns in Reynosa, Mexico. They moved into Le Mars 10 years ago.
Shirley was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Altar Society.
She cherished time spent with her family and friends and enjoyed making candy and winning at the slot machines.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Harold Sitzmann of Le Mars; six children: Karen (Gary) Dreckman of Le Mars; Keith (Maria) Sitzmann of Bellevue, Wash., Mary Kay (Dave) Hoffman of Le Mars, Connie Nanninga of West Des Moines, Michele (Mark) Britton of Le Mars, and Cindi (Luke) Sauer of Le Mars; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Ray (Marlene) Dominick of Des Moines, and Marv (Norma) Dominick of Sioux City; two sisters: Bev (John) Harmelink of Spirit Lake, and Laura Betsworth of Sioux City; three sisters-in-law: Dolores Dominick of Phoenix, Ariz., Anna Mae Sitzmann of South Sioux City, Neb., and Darlene Koopman of Le Mars; a brother-in-law, the Rev. Eugene Sitzmann of Cherokee; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Timmy at birth; a grandson, Bradley Britton; a brother, Lyle Dominick; and three brothers-in-law: Leonard Betsworth, Merlin Sitzmann, and Elwood "Bud" Koopman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Matt Hewitt and the Rev. Eugene Sitzmann concelebrating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars, where there will be a parish rosary at 4 p.m. and a vigil wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume Thursday morning at St. James Catholic Church for one hour prior to the funeral.
Pallbearers will be seven grandsons: Chad Dreckman, Greg Dreckman, Scott Hoffman, Matt Nanninga, Nick Nanninga, Kyle Britton and Adam Sauer. The remaining grandchildren will be honorary pallbearers.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or Hospice of Siouxland.