Shirley A. Slota
Le Mars, Iowa, formerly Remsen, Iowa
Shirley A. Slota, 86, of Le Mars, formerly of Remsen, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at a Sioux City hospital.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Burial will be in Holy Name Cemetery, Marcus, Iowa. Visitation with the family will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, with a parish rosary and vigil prayer service at 5 p.m., at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.
Shirley was born on Oct. 1, 1931, in rural Cherokee County, Iowa, the daughter of Wilson and Mildred (Clow) Perry. She was raised in rural Cherokee County. She attended Aurelia (Iowa) High School, graduating in 1949. She then attended the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux City, and graduated in 1952 with an RN degree.
In 1953, she married Gerald T. Slota at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Sioux City. To this union seven children were born. Gerald died on June 12, 1967 as a result of an automobile accident. On Jan. 12, 1974, she married Max VanBuskirk, who passed away in an automobile accident shortly after. In 1987, she married L.J. Alesch who is also deceased.
She lived in rural Cherokee county until her marriage. She spent the early years of her marriage in California. She then lived at a farm south of Remsen from 1957 to 1991. She worked at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute as a registered nurse for 30 years. She was currently living in Le Mars.
Shirley was a member of All Saints Catholic Parish in Le Mars. She volunteered more than 3,000 hours at Park Place Estates and Floyd Valley Hospital. She also donated 29 gallons of platelets over the years.
Survivors include her four children, Dennis (Linda) Slota, Geralyn Gengler and fiance, Tom Haverkamp, Michael (Terri) Slota, all of Remsen, and Calvin (Jane) Slota of Marshall, Wis.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands; three sons in infancy, Jerome Arnold in 1955, Ricky Lynn in 1956 and Bernard Lee in 1957; her brother, Duane Perry.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Tina and Ashley Slota, Eric, Jeremy and Josh Gengler, Courtney Eggers, Rosa Steinbrecker and Adam Slota.