Shirley Ann Zwisler, age 90, of Racine, joined her husband in Heaven, on October 22, 2022.
Shirley, daughter of the late John and Estelle (Martin) Funk, was born on June 25, 1935 in Kansas City, MO. She met Bob Zwisler, her high school sweetheart in Kansas City. They were united in marriage on January 2, 1951. After 68 years of wonderful marriage, Bob preceded her in death in 2019. She worked at Hallmark Card Company for several years until her children were born, then she became a homemaker enjoying watching her children, Ron and Vicky grow up, attending all their events as growing children. During their residence in Springfield, Shirley was a Bluebird Leader for 15 girls for two years, then following her move to Joplin, she was a den mother for Cub Scouts.
Art was always a favorite subject for Shirley. She sold her first oil painting in 1966 while attending the Plaza Art Show in Kansas City with Charles Veteto. Soon after she attended many shows, had her art displayed in a few galleries and had several one-woman art shows. Her paintings found their way into 16 states and overseas. In 1992 the antique mall business captured Shirley’s attention, which ended 17 years later. The thrill of the hunt was very intriguing for her, something she and her family could do together. She was a faithful member of the Racine Christian Church in Racine.
Survivors include her children, Ron Zwisler, and his wife, Janet, and Vicky (Zwisler) Efird, and her husband, Doug; six grandchildren, Chad Efird, and his wife, Amy, Ryan Zwisler, Dustin Efird, and his wife, Natalie Hawkins, Brandy Zwisler, Brittany (Efird) Anderson, and her husband, Casey, and Reece Zwisler; nine great grandchildren, Kyler, Gaige, Briley, Ashlynn, Dane, Delaney, Corbin, Nash, and Jace; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Funk.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 11:15 AM at the Racine Christian Church in Racine with burial to follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Webb City. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation on Thursday, October 27th beginning at 10:00 AM at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Racine Christian Church and may be entrusted to the mortuary.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.