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Goglin Funeral Home, Tripp
Sunday December 28th, 2014
3:00pm - 7:00pm

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Monday December 29th, 2014

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Shirley  Schnabel

Rev. Greg Way
Organist ~ Ruby Dewald
Congregational Hymns
Processional ~ “In the Garden”
Special Music by Stacy Kirschenman,
Amber Kirschenman, and family Kirschenman
Recessional ~ “How Great Thou Art”
Leon Kirschenman (nephew)
Lonnie Kirschenman (nephew)
Lucinda Nelson (niece)
Gerrad Nelson (nephew)
Scott Kirschenman (great-nephew)
Mike Kirschenman  (great-nephew)
Shirley Ann Schnabel was born on Tuesday, May 6, 1947 to Wilmer and Talitha (Schempp) Kirschenman in Scotland, South Dakota. She graduated from Menno High School. In 1963, Shirley met Dennis Schnabel and united in marriage on May 8, 1966. Together they built a home and a life in Tripp, SD. Dennis and Shirley introduced the birth of their first child, Travis on May 13, 1977. Soon thereafter, Staci was born on August 18, 1979.
Shirley’s career included 30 years at Northwestern Public Service and 14 years for the Hutchinson County Highway Department. In her free time, Shirley loved selling Tupperware to her friends and family. She treasured traveling with her family – particularly if it involved camping. She truly enjoyed busy days especially when they included rummage sales, gardening, polka dancing or cooking. When Shirley did slow down, she was passionate about playing cards and games. In addition, she was a beloved and active member of the Frieden’s Reformed Consistory. 
Above all else, Shirley enjoyed spending time with the people she loved, especially getting together with her brother, his family and friends.
Dennis and Shirley were thrilled to welcome their first grandchild, Brooklyn Ocean, in May of 2013. Many trips were taken to visit and spoil her. Little sister, Madison Ferrari, arrived in November of 2014 just in time for grandma and grandpa to visit at Thanksgiving. Many special memories were made, and Shirley loved every minute of being a grandmother. 
Shirley died with family by her side on Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls having attained the age of 67 years, 7 months, and 19 days.
She is remembered and survived by her husband of 48 years, Dennis Schnabel of Tripp; son Travis (Shanna) Schnabel of Savage, MN; daughter Staci (Travis) Krant of Bellevue, WA; grandchildren Brooklyn and Madison Schnabel; brother Ronald (Phyllis) Kirschenman of Freeman; and many other beloved family members including a niece, nephews, aunts and uncles, many great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and very special friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents Wilmer and Talitha Kirschenman.

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With my mom now gone, I don't always get the news quite as quickly as I have for all these years. I was blind-sided when I read about Shirley's passing. I saw both Dennis and Shirley when I was in Tripp this past September, everyone looked so good. At least we stole a quick moment to speak. You both have always been so kind to me. I've always appreciated our friendship. The Tripp that I knew and loved is rapidly disappearing. There are so few vestiges left, which means a very large part of my being is physically disappearing, yet it will lay in my heart until I take my last breath.

Rainer Mueller Jan 29 2015 3:38 PM

My condolences to the Kirschenman and Schnabel Families. Shirley and I were the same age and in the same class at Menno High School, but I first met her during our grade school years. Shirley attended the Molan school, and I went to the Independence school, two miles to the north. Both were 1-room, 8-grade, 1-teacher country schools with about 15-students each. We used to get together in the afternoon about every other year to play ball and other games, and to have treats. These were fun times. I suppose this is what they would call field trips now days. This is where I remember meeting Shirley the first time. Shirley reminded me the last time I saw her that our school would always win the ball games when we got together; because in our latter grades, our school had almost all boys. Sincerely - Philip Nusz

Philip Nusz Jan 8 2015 3:39 PM

Sympathy to the Family. I will always remember walking past your house on my way up town. Dennis - My heart aches for you, what a shock. Shirley was a fun loving person that I always enjoyed visiting. Prayers & Hugs to all of you. Connie K. Luke (Cokens)

Connie K. Luke (Cokens) Jan 5 2015 11:28 AM

Dear Family, We were sorry to learn of Shirley's passing. We always enjoyed the family's company during our stay at Tripp.

Duane and LaVonne Schrag Dec 31 2014 2:13 PM

Was so shocked to see of Shirley's passing. She always had a friendly hello every time I would see her, either in her office. Or at Kaylor on Wednesday evenings. Sincere sympathy to all of you.

Judy Weber Dec 30 2014 11:07 PM

We are do sorry to hear of your loss. Shirley was a very special lady and a joy to all those who knew and loved her. Sending prayers and blessings. Lynn Mueller Kerns

Jerry and Lynn (Mueller)Kerns Dec 29 2014 6:13 PM

Dennis and family, We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. - God's peace to you.

Jennifer (Mueller) Nelson Dec 29 2014 5:27 PM

Dennis, Sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Allen

Allen Vanderheiden Dec 29 2014 3:01 PM

Dennis and family, we were saddened to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. The Chris Fischer family.

chris and sandy fischer Dec 29 2014 1:15 PM

Denis & family - Sending you our deepest sympathy at this time of Shirley's passing. I always enjoyed seeing & visiting with her & you, Dennis. I was very shocked to read this in the newspaper. Sending God's blessings & healing to all of you.

Jeanette (Herr) Smith Dec 29 2014 12:35 AM

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