Shirley Ann Pirner Kempker, 88, of Jefferson City, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital.
She was born October 24, 1932, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, the daughter of the late Cleo Burl and Letha Faye (Adams) Abbott.
Shirley was united in marriage on February 20, 1950, in Jefferson City to William Roger Pirner who preceded her in death on May 19, 1997. On December 5, 1999, she married Norbert George Kempker who survives at the home.
Shirley was a loving homemaker and worked for a small time at Goldies at the Mall.
She was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Shirley enjoyed card games, spending time at the Lake, traveling, knitting and crocheting, and most of all being with her family and friends.
Survivors include her husband, Norbert Kempker, Jefferson City; two children, Karen Freeman, Jefferson City; Tom (Janice) Pirner, Jefferson City; two daughter-in-laws, Janis Pirner, Jefferson City; Michele Whiteon, Belton, MO; eleven grandchildren, Angelia Culley, Heather Rice, Bill Patterson, Morgan Patterson, Nathan Patterson, Ryan Pirner, Matthew Pirner, Melissa Johnson, Kellyn Freeman, Regan Freeman, Logan Freeman; sixteen great-grandchildren; ten step-children, Tom Kempker (Chris), Sue Hilkemeyer (John), Mike Kempker (Lori), Belinda Volz (Rob), Brenda Gebhardt (Jeff), Cindy Roush (Jerry), Debbie Meyer (Kevin), Donna Richenburg (John), Karen Kempker, Steve Kempker (Kelley); Twenty-two step grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, William Roger Pirner; one daughter, Debbie (Bill) Patterson; two sons, Larry Pirner and Gary Pirner; one granddaughter, Lana Michele Patterson; and three great-grandchildren, Dylan Pirner, Megan and Alexandra Patterson.
Visitation will be 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, July 12, 2021, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with the Rev. Louis Nelen officiating.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with the Rev. Louis Nelen officiating.
Burial will be in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the American Cancer Society.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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