Shirley E. Yonke
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Shirley Esther Yonke, age 88 of Crofton, Nebraska, died on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crofton with Rev. Amanda Jertson officiating. Burial will be in the Crofton City Cemetery in Crofton. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Prayer Service at 7:00 pm at the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Jason Yonke, Tricia Yonke, Troy Behounek, Kristen Behounek, Austin Yonke, Jaxon Yonke and Braden Yonke.

Shirley was born on May 13, 1926 in Stanton County, Nebraska to Arthur Paul and Hattie Marie (Fisher) Moritz. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stanton and attended District 9 St. John's Lutheran School and graduated from Stanton High School in 1943. She married Willard "Jack" Yonke on August 10, 1947 at Bloomfield, Nebraska. Following high school she taught school and attended Wayne State Teachers College and received her B.A. Degree in 1971 from Mount Marty College in Yankton. She continued her studies in education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She taught for 40 years beginning at the age of 17. She taught in Knox County and Cedar County rural schools for 19 years and then in the Crofton Elementary School for 21 years. She continued to substitute in the Crofton School after her retirement. Shirley had been a resident of the Good Samaritan Center in Bloomfield since August of 2013.

Shirley was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and the Women of the ELCA. She was a member of the National Education Association for many years, the Nebraska Education Association, the Crofton Education Association, the Crofton Women's Club and the Friendly Times Extension Club. She enjoyed socializing and visiting with her friends and you couldn't leave her house without eating. She particularly enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Shirley is survived by a son and his wife, Robert and Marlys Yonke of Crofton; 3 grandchildren, Kristen and Troy Behounek of Crofton; Austin Yonke of Yankton; Jason and Tricia Yonke of Dakota City, Nebraska; 3 great grandchildren, a sister, Ruth Uecker of Norfolk, Nebraska and a sister-in-law, Gladys Moritz of Norfolk.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Willard on November 26, 2005 at the age of 81, an infant brother, a brother, Gordon Moritz and a brother-in-law, Herb Uecker.




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Bob and Marlys, You have my deepest sympathy. She has earned her reward. Thank you for letting her be a part of our lives at Good Samaritan Society-Bloomfield.

Monica Ketelsen


We were so sad to hear of Shirley's passing. She was one of my favorite cousins and always enjoyed stopping and seeing both your parents in Crofton. She always had something to eat and insisted you do so. A Fisher tradition. We will not be able to attend the funeral because we are in Florida. God Bless Shirley!

Doug and Sherry Busskohl


I enjoyed visiting with Shirley @ Good Sam. She was a wonderful, energetic roommate for my Aunt Annie. My sympathy to her family.

Judy Guenther


Bob and family, you have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you..

Jerry Delozier


So sorry to hear of Mrs. Yonke's passing. She was one of the most memorable teachers I ever had.

Troy Phipps


Mrs. Yonke was my very favorite teacher in 5 th grade! Throughout the years she was great at remembering me, giving me hugs, and making me feel important. I'm sure she did that for everyone! She will be missed!

Crystal (Olson) Goeden


Bob & Marlys and family,

Shirley was an amazing person and my favorite aunt. I have so many fond memories of her and Jack, spending those two summers on the farm, walking row and rows of beans, driving my first tractor and making chocolate cokes. I know she will be greatly missed by many and never forgotten by all. Thank you for the wonderful life experiences Shirley.

William Yonke


Bob, Marlys and family,

We are so sorry to read of your mother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. She lived a long and productive life and was loved by many. God Bless.

Don & Lynette Simonsen


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