Emerson — Shirley Habrock, 90, Emerson, died Oct. 7, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family.
Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Emerson, with Father Gerald Leise officiating. Visitation and a prayer service were Oct. 9 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Emerson.
Arrangements were under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home, Emerson.
Shirley was born Feb. 28, 1926, on a farm northwest of Emerson to Henry and Annie (McDonough) Paulsen. She attended District 66 for eight years and graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Emerson, in 1943. She then enrolled at Commercial Extension, a business school, in Omaha. Shirley was then employed by Blue Cross in Omaha for nearly three years. During that time, her cousin and she witnessed the end of WWII celebration in downtown Omaha. The police allowed the happy, joyful, hugging people to overflow into the streets and intersections, blocking any traffic. Shirley married Wilbur Habrock in 1950 and resided on a farm southwest of Emerson. The had six children. Upon the passing of her parents, they moved into her current home in 1989, northwest of Emerson. Wilbur died in 2001. Shirley continued to live on this farm enjoying the comfort of her home and flowers.
She loved the presence of her family and friends, cooking and reading, her computer, and various everyday challenges. She looked forward to visits from children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Shirley is survived by her children, LeAnn Obrecht, Lincoln; Janelle and Bill McTaggart, Hartington; Linda and Glen Prinz, West Point; Lorie and Glen Meyer, Pender; Gary and Sandy (Belt) Habrock, rural Emerson; and Jolene Koehler, Norfolk; 17 grandchildren; 23 ½ great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Helen (Habrock) Kai, Dalton; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ted and Mylet Habrock, Wayne.
She is preceded in death by her husband; son-in-law, Bill Obrecht; and two grandchildren, Eric and Brian McTaggart.
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Research Hospital, for children with cancer.