Shirley Merkel

Oct 02, 1926 - Aug 05, 2022

Shirley Merkel

October 02, 1926 - August 05, 2022

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Shirley Marie (Abbott) Merkel, age 95, formerly of 903 Country Club Dr., Quincy, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 5, 2022, at 11:32 am at the Arbors / Adams Pointe.

Shirley was born October 2, 1926, in Quincy, the daughter of W. Earl and Erma E. (Haxel) Abbott. She loved dancing and with her sister, Mary, performed and tap danced throughout Adams County. Shirley graduated from Quincy High School in 1945 where she was head cheerleader. She met the love of her life, Russell C. Merkel, in 7th grade and had their first date in 9th grade. They married on June 12, 1948, in St. John's Catholic Church and were longtime members of St. Peter's Catholic Church.

Shirley worked on many community committees. She was a member of the Quincy Country Club and the Elks Club. She was a friend to everyone and never knew a stranger. Her family was her greatest enjoyment but also loved fishing, boating, golf, bowling, gardening singing, dancing and mushroom hunting with her brother, Kenneth.

Survivors include her children, Russell "Rusty" (Penny Kipley) Merkel of Pagosa Springs, CO, Mary (Larry) Rollins of Friendswood, TX, and Salli (Scott) Kuncewicz of Quincy; six grandchildren, Shelly (Chris) Lewis, Daniel Merkel, Ryan (Michelle) Schnack, Christopher (Maegil) Schnack, Natalie (George, Jr. Castillo) Rollins, Lance (Emily) Rollins; seven great-grandchildren and one on the way in January; two step-grandchildren, Michelle (Scott) Atteberry and Deanna Leffers, a sister-in-law, Sue Merkel and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Russ, Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter-in-law, Pamela Merkel, a great grandson, Jackson Lewis, a step-granddaughter, Kimberly Smith, two brothers, William (Beatrice) and Kenneth (Bernice) Abbott, two sisters, Mary (Marvin) Goessling and Joann (Jerry) Reynolds, and a brother-in-law, John E. Merkel.

Visitation: 1:30 to 3:00 pm on Saturday August 13, 2022, at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

Services: 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or a charity of the donor's choice. Memorial Donations may be made online at

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are handling the arrangements.

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Sat, Aug 13, 2022 at 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

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Quincy, IL 62301

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Sat, Aug 13, 2022 at 3:00 pm
Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

1535 State Street
Quincy, IL 62301

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