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Shirley Thorell, 84 - October 03, 2015

Shirley Irene Carrie (Cyriacks) Thorell, 84, of Papillion, formerly of Gothenburg and Holdrege, passed away Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at The Cottages at Hillcrest Country Estates in Papillion.
Memorial services will be conducted at the Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Holdrege on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Murray Jones officiating. A private family interment will take place at the Moses Hill Cemetery in Phelps County, prior to the services.
A visitation will be on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home at Holdrege.
Thorell was born Dec. 10, 1930, on a family farm that her parents built northeast of Gothenburg in Custer County, the younger of two daughters born to Henry Bruno John and Mary Wilheimie (Miller) Cyriacks.
She was baptized and confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church north of Gothenburg, the church of which her grandfather was a charter member.
During World War II, she helped her mother and sister bring food to soldiers on trains at the North Platte Canteen. In 1945, both of her parents passed away and she resided at Gothenburg with relatives where she worked at the dime store and continued her education.
Her primary education took place in rural Dawson County and then she attended Gothenburg Public Schools. While she was still in high school, she attended Midland Lutheran College at Fremont from January to August of 1948.
Thorell then graduated from Gothenburg High School with the Class of 1948. After receiving her Normal training she taught in District No. 59 rural school near Lexington from 1948 to 1949, then attended Colorado State College of Education in Greeley during the summer of 1949.
She continued her education at Kearney State Teachers College, where she met Leland E. Thorell from Loomis. On Aug. 4, 1950, the couple were united in marriage. To this union, four daughters were born.
Thorell and her husband resided at Loomis for a short time before engaging in farming and ranching on her family farm northeast of Gothenburg for six years. In 1958, the family moved to a farm southeast of Loomis where they continued to farm and ranch. During this time, she pursued her bachelor in education degree and taught grades fifth and sixth at the R-6 School north of Holdrege for two years, and in 1962, she moved to Holdrege.
?She then received her master of science in education degree from Kearney and taught fifth and sixth grades at Lincoln Elementary in Holdrege until 1980. After retiring from teaching, she worked at Thorell Insurance and Real Estate with her husband.
On Feb. 8, 2011, her husband passed away, and in January of 2013, she made her home at Papillion at the Hillcrest Country Estates.
Thorell was a member of Trinity Evangelical Free Church, where she was active with the WMS and served on the Trinity Childcare Board for several years.
?She enjoyed teaching Sunday school and traveling, according to family members. She loved creating special memories with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and had a special place in her heart for animals.
Thorell was preceded in death by: her parents, Henry and Mary; her husband, Leland; a son-in-law, Don Scripter; sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and Marvin Quitmeyer; sister-in-law, Opal Quitmeyer; brother-in-law, Darrell Thorell; a niece, Letty Quitmeyer.
Survivors include: her four daughters—Linda (Phil) Miller of Bellevue, Karen (Jim) Swartz of Columbus, Diane Scripter of rural Holdrege and Leann (Tim) Hock of rural Bertrand; nine grandchildren—Valerie (Troy) Luster of Norfolk, MA, Eric (Heather) Miller of Highlands Ranch, CO, Kevin Swartz of Columbus, Brooke (Kirby) Johnson, Brenda Scripter and Tracy (Angee) Hock, all of Kearney, Letty (James) Graff and Tertia (Michael) Cain of Fort Morgan, CO, and Laura (Ryan) Armbrust of Alta Vista, KS; 17 great-grandchildren—Evelyn and Julia Luster, Lindsay and Courtney Miller, Milo and Zoe Johnson, Hannah, Simon, Jacob and Rachel Graff, Anisten, Kenan, Aizleann and Kyron Hock, Lynden and Daphne Cain and Henry Armbrust; sister-in-law, Marie Thorell of Loomis; numerous other relatives.
A memorial has been established and is suggested to the Zion Lutheran Church of Gothenburg and the International Essential Tremor Foundation.