April 11, 1935 – December 17, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Shirley Ann Kluempers, a cherished wife, devoted mother, and beloved grandmother. Shirley left this world on December 17, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter, and cherished memories that will forever be etched in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.

Shirley was born on April 11, 1935, in Dogtown, the oldest of four siblings.  The strong bonds she forged with her family and close friends shaped her character throughout her life. On August 27, 1960, Shirley married the love of her life, Tom, at St James the Greater. Their enduring union of 63 years was a testament to the strength of their love and commitment.

A woman of many talents, Shirley was known for her remarkable skills as a secretary, typing an impressive 90 words per minute on the old-fashioned typewriter. Her precision and dedication in her work were matched only by her warmth and kindness to those around her. She made lasting connections with friends during bowling and card nights, creating a tight-knit community that shared in the joys of life.

Shirley had a passion for the simple pleasures that brought joy to her and those she loved. Her infamous nighty night cookies and cheesy potatoes were a source of delight for her grandchildren, creating cherished memories around the dining table. Christmas Eve celebrations were a highlight, and her enthusiasm for the holidays was infectious.

Lake Timberline held a special place in Shirley’s heart, where countless memories were made with barbecues, games, campfires, and fireworks. Her love for the outdoors extended to her green thumb, evident in her beautiful garden filled with vibrant flowers. She found joy in playing cards, with UNO being a favorite pastime.

Shirley’s love for her family knew no bounds, and she adored her grandchildren and great-granddaughter, Tori. Her home was always filled with laughter, love, and the comforting aroma of freshly baked treats. Her love for classic shows like “I Love Lucy” and “Carol Burnett” reflected her infectious laughter and love for life.

A faithful member of Seven Holy Founders Parish for 58 years, Shirley found solace and strength in her faith. The Serenity Prayer was not just a set of words for her but a guiding principle that resonated in her daily life.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 63 years, Tom, and her children Joe Kluempers, Nancy Kadera (Randy), Tim Kluempers (Jeannie), and Julie McGuire (Dan); her grandchildren Joe Kluempers, Merik Berry, Thomas Kadera, Sam Kadera (Emily), Matthew Kadera,  Janie Kluempers, Catherine Kluempers, Brock Kluempers, Laci Kluempers, Allison Bloome (Nick), Emma McGuire, and Michael McGuire; and her great-grandchildren Caylee, Cora Rose, and Tori.


Shirley Ann Kluempers will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing her. As we mourn her passing, let us remember the light she brought into our lives and celebrate the love that will forever live on in our hearts. May she rest in eternal peace.
Services will be held Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at Seven Holy Founders Parish on 6741 Rock Hill Rd, Affton Mo, 63123. Viewing at church from 9-10 am with funeral immediately following. Burial at Jefferson Barracks.
In lieu of flowers, donations are kindly requested for the deGreeff Hospice House (Mercy South) or the Alzheimers Association of St. Louis