It is with heavy hearts and much love, the family announces the passing of Shirley Ann (Strobel) Jenkins on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, while surrounded by her daughters at her home in Glenwood, MN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 3rd at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood with Father Joe Vandeberg officiating Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2nd at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Glenwood. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.
Shirley Ann Jenkins was born to Carl and Ann Strobel on November 20, 1936, in York, NE. During her elementary years her parents would take her by horse ride to the little country school. Shirley attended Brady High School but after the eighth grade her parents wanted her to continue her faith education and it was decided she would attend the Saint Joseph’s Academy in York, NE. At this time her younger sister Elizabeth could not imagine living without her sister and asked her parents to join Shirley at the convent and her parents agreed. While attending the academy Shirley watched over her little sister Liz as well as taking the lead part in an Operetta. When her high school years approached, she returned to Brady High School where she was a cheerleader and graduated in 1954. She was known for giving to those in need. She spoke often about her humble days of childhood and cherished her memories on Platte River as a child. She had a great love for nature and wildlife.
Shirley worked as an aid with polio patients, and it was around this time she met her sister-in-law who introduced her to Paul Vincent Rombach. Shirley was united in marriage to Mr. Rombach at the Saint Mary's Cathedral Catholic Church in Grand Island, NE. Paul and Shirley welcomed five children to the marriage.
Later in life, Shirley married Harold Kenneth Jenkins they moved to Glenwood, Minnesota and welcomed a daughter to the marriage.
Shirley will forever be missed by her six children. Thomas (Sherry) Rombach, NE, Catherine Sikes, NE, Lisa (Brian) Heieie, MN, William Rombach, NE, Barbara (Jose) Torres, TX, Lana (Curtis) Palmer, MN, her 26 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren and her sister and her husband, Mary (Pepe) Rodriguez, FL.
Shirley will be remembered for the love of her family and a devout Catholic. She spent a lot of her time reading and writing reflecting on the Lord. She shared with her children and grandchildren her faith. Shirley had many talents. She played the piano, her singing voice was beautiful and she sewed many clothes for her children. She loved her beautiful lake home on Priest Point (“Terra Furma”). She was a generous and joyful spirit who loved and prayed for her family on a daily basis. She had compassion for people who were a service to the community, the young, weary and lonely.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother James Strobel, sister Elizabeth Curtis, her husbands Paul Rombach and Kenneth Jenkins, grandchildren Carl Gary Sikes, Carter Augustine Sikes, John Rombach and great grandchildren, twins Eli and Porter Jensen.
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