Iler, Shirley A., Saginaw, Michigan

Ivan J. Roggen, M.D.

Passed away December 16, 2010, at the age of 89, just shy of her 90th birthday. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of George and Edith Jenkyn on December 24, 1920. She lived in Detroit until she was nine and at that time her parents, both Canadians, moved back to Canada to a little village on the St. Clair River named Froomefield. In 1938, she returned to Detroit where she attended classes at Wayne State University and also took specialty classes at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. She married Cletus Everett Iler on September 17, 1945, who predeceased her in 1984. She leaves behind three children: Michael Iler (Sharon), Cynthia Lange (Michael, and Sheryl Cady. Shirley also had three grandchildren: Michelle Lange, Christopher Lange and Danielle Pankuch (Jeff), and one great-grandson, Hunter Pankuch, and a niece Jackie Mcbay. Shirley was also predeceased in death by her daughter-in-law Kathy Iler. In 1945, she moved with her husband to Saginaw, Michigan, where they started C.E. Iler Company. She was a co-owner and active in the business until 1984. Shirley loved people, animals and flowers. She was very active as a volunteer, serving on many boards and committees. Shirley was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where she taught Sunday school, as well as serving on their vestry. She was a member of the United Way board of directors from 1972-1998, at which time she became a member emeritus. Shirley was also on the board of directors for Crime Stoppers; Friends of Animals; Salvation Army; League of Women Voters; Big Sisters; Saginaw Area Activities; Campfire Girls; Junior League Advisory Board; Saginaw Symphony; YWCA Trust; Child and Family Services; Ethnic Festival; and Miss Saginaw County, where she served in numerous capacities over 17 years. Shirley was also very involved with local politics, volunteering for the Saginaw County Republicans and many individual candidates, as well as serving on the Saginaw County Board of Canvassers. One of the organizations she was most involved with was Zonta International and was presented with their “Woman of the Year” award. She was also a member of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association and while her children were young, she was involved in both the Boy Scouts and Brownies. Shirley was honored by many organizations, receiving awards from The Campfire Girls, March of Dimes, Second National Bank, Big Sisters, The Salvation Army, Saginaw County Commission on Aging and Altrusa. A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 123 N. Michigan Ave. in Saginaw with the Reverend Charles M. Stuart officiating. Her family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider donating to St. John’s Episcopal Church, The Salvation Army, Heartland Hospice or The United Way. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Deisler Funeral Home.