Shirley Jean Schiele Lehman, 87

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Shirley Jean Schiele Lehman, 87, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at Mercy Hospice in Iowa City.

Shirley Jean Schiele was born November 1, 1926 in a blizzard on the family farm north of West Liberty. She was a graduate of West Liberty High School in 1944 and later the University of Iowa in 1949. On August 14, 1948, she was united in marriage to Walter Lehman in the house Shirley was born in.

She was a substitute teacher for many years. A lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and now the First Church United, belonged to American Association of University Women and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years. Shirley supported the University of Iowa Foundation (Men’s Athletics).

She enjoyed traveling, including Hawaii, Alaska and she was especially fond of Disney World. One trip was a tour of New York where they had dinner at the top of the World Trade Center ten days before 9/11/2001. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, roses, animals (especially dogs and cat and she raised sheep), ballroom dancing with her husband, the Muscatine County Fair, family, friends and a card club that was started in the 1950s. In recent years one of her favorite things to do was go to JB’s for lunch.

Survivors include her husband Walt; son Tom and daughter-in-law Susan; granddaughter Trish (Dan) Anderson; grandson Joe (Erika) Lehman; great-grandchildren, Addyson and Perry Lehman; step-great-grandchildren, Xander and Madison Bieri. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the First Church United in West Liberty. Visitation was held Monday from 4-7 p.m. at the First Church United, 1100 North Calhoun St., West Liberty. Burial will be in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, West Liberty.

Online condolences may be made to the family at In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to West Liberty Fire and Rescue Unit or Mercy Hospice Care at Mercy, Iowa City.

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