Obituary: Shirley Ann Helble Frauenholtz


Shirley Ann Helble Frauenholtz, 85, of West Liberty, died Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home, West Branch. Visitation was held Tuesday evening at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home, West Branch.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the West Liberty Food Pantry or the West Liberty Fire and Rescue Unit. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Shirley was born Feb. 24, 1935 in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of Wesley U. and Doris E. (Cousins) Helble.

She was raised on a farm in Scott County and graduated from Clinton High School in 1952. She was employed by the Scott County ASC Farm Office.

On March 4, 1952, she was united in marriage to Robert Frauenholtz at the McCausland United Methodist Church. They became parents of two children, Bill and Susan. Bob and Shirley farmed west of West Liberty for 60 years.

She had been employed by Ditmars and Kerr. an implment dealdership, after their marriage.

Shirley was a life member of the Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a volunteer at the Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty, where she led the Sunday morning Christian Fellowship for several years.

She was a lifelong Democrat and she and Bob held caucuses in their home for two elections.

Shirley enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, baking, shopping, craft shows, playing cards, games, birds, cats, the Iowa Hawkeyes, Michigan Wolverines, but most of all, her family came first.

She loved being a farm wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed the family Sunday dinners and following her families activities.

Following her husband Bob’s death, she moved to Heath Manor in West Liberty, where she enjoyed her many friends and activities.