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Shirley Ann Kirnec
November 25, 1940 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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On Wednesday afternoon, January 17, 2024 the World lost some of its sparkle. Shirley A. Kirnec passed away peacefully at home.
Shirley's parents, Stephen and Helen (Chovan) Kirnec were blessed with the arrival of their daughter on November 25,1940 in Warren, Ohio.
Shirley was a 1958 graduate of Champion High School. Shortly after high school she became a "Stewardess" in what she called a "cut throat industry". No doubt she would make each flight a special experience and look stunning while doing it. In 1966 she began what would become a 56 year career in the power strut industry. She started at Van Huffel in 1966 and remained there until they closed in 1985. She then spent 9 years at Wesanco. In 1994 Flex-Strut,Inc. was formed and Shirley was there from the start. She remained there as the welcoming smile or friendly voice as an Executive Secretary until her retirement, 28 years later, on May 16, 2022.
Outside of work Shirley enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, whether in person or "gabbing on the phone for hours.” She enjoyed golfing with friends into her seventies. She took pride in taking care of her home and her vehicles were kept immaculate by her daily. She was a true epitome of fashion.
She cherished her loved ones, was loyal to her friends and kind to those she met. Shirley will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Shirley will always be remembered by her brother, William (Carol) Kirnec of Dayton; Nephews, Randy (Tracy) Kirnec of Southington, with whom she made her home, David Kirnec of Dayton; great nephews Brandon, Christopher (Jennifer), Michael (Julie), and Braydon Kirnec; cousin Pam(Ron) Wildman; dear friends Marie Palmer-Moranski, Becky Philibin, Stacy Wayland and numerous great great nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her nephew, Michael Kirnec.
To my Squirrel,
Thank you for trusting me to care for you. I am humbled by the experience. I will miss the many laughs we shared, especially when you were laughing so hard but would tell me "don't make me laugh.” Sharing a meal with you that I had prepared was a joyful experience. You made me feel like a Michelin Starred Chef. It was a true pleasure to share girl days with you; mani's, pedi's, getting our hair done and of course lunch. Walk that golden runway my beautiful Squirrel. Love, Tracy.
Per Shirley's wishes no services will take place, "I don't want people staring at me.” Her family will honor her with a private graveside service at Champion Township Cemetery.
A special thanks goes to those who helped care for her; her favorite nurse Jessi; aides Dominique, Traci, Kayla and staff at Crossroads Hospice for their compassionate care towards Shirley in her final days.