Shirley Ann Thornton


Shirley Ann Thornton, 76, of McGregor, Iowa died Wednesday, July 16, at Crossing Rivers Health Center, Prairie du Chien. 

She was born on Aug. 6, 1937 to Harvey and Lucille (Miller) Wagner in Lansing, Iowa. Shirley was baptized at the Presbyterian Church in Rossville. She graduated from Waterville High School in 1955.

Shirley was united in marriage with Elton C. “Punk” Thornton on March 26, 1955 in Waukon, Iowa. Six children were born to this union, Barbara, Randy, Gary, Terry, Debra and Robert. Shirley and Elton lived in Cedar Rapids from 1955 until they moved back to the Marquette/McGregor area in 1960. Shirley worked for McGregor Electronics and then 3M until her retirement in 1996.

Shirley was an Iowa Hawkeye Basketball and Milwaukee Brewers fan. She loved supporting her grandchildren’s sports and attended as many games as she could. She enjoyed taking bus tours all over the country. Shirley also enjoyed reading, walking downtown, fishing and making her special chocolate cake and banana cream pie.

Shirley is survived by her children, Barbara Burr of McGregor, Randy (Sandy) Thornton of Marquette, Gary Thornton of La Crosse, Terry (Peggy) Thornton of McGregor, Debra (Mike) Trautsch of Prairie du Chien and Robert (Hope) Thornton of McGregor; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; her brother, Jim Wagner of Wauzeka and her sister, Arlene (Harold) Welch of Waukon.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Elton “Punk” in 2007; her parents; a brother, Harlan Wagner and her daughter-in-law, Vicki. 

Visitation will be on Sunday, July 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service and one hour before services at the church on Monday.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 21, at First Lutheran Church, rural McGregor, Iowa with Rev. Dr. Jenny Edinger as the Officiant.

Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, McGregor, Iowa.

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, McGregor, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements.

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