Shirley Deatsch, 72, of Spring Valley

Shirley L. Deatsch, 72, of Spring Valley, died peacefully of the rare disease calciphylaxis, on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, surrounded by family.

She was born on Oct. 23, 1946, in Creston, Iowa, to Mabel and Wendell Mathes.

She attended grade school in Arispe, Iowa. She then moved to Murray, Iowa, in 1955 where she graduated from Murray High School in 1965. She attended Creston Community College for two years and transferred to Northwest Missouri State where she graduated in 1969 with an English degree.

She taught middle school English for one year in King City, Mo.

She married John Deatsch on May 24, 1969, in Osceola, Iowa.

The couple moved to Alaska where he worked for the summer. They lived in Anchorage, Alas., King City, Mo., Fairfield, Iowa, Owatonna and Dodge Center, before settling in Spring Valley in 1979.

She raised three daughters and was an active part of the community and church. She was on the library board and the American Legion Auxiliary, delivered Meals on Wheels, was a member of the Ministerial Association and assisted with her husband's Bloomfield Mutual Insurance Agency. She was also involved in many other activities in the community. 

She was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley where she was on the parish council, taught religious education and RCIA, delivered communion to the nursing home and home bound, planned funeral dinners and was a lector and Eucharistic minister.

Her interests included reading mysteries, doing word finds, cooking and family trips to the North Shore. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and attending their various activities.

She is survived by her husband, John of 49 years; her three daughters, Sandy Deatsch of Boston, Mass., Lori (Steve) Groslie of Rochester and Christy Deatsch of Rochester; three grandchildren, Brandon, Paige and Claire and brother, Roland Mathes of Murray, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Marie Wetzel. 

Funeral mass for her was held on Friday, Dec. 28, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial took place in the church cemetery.

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