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“I met Shirley when I was 16 and although I always competed against her teams and never had the privilege to play for her, she left a lasting...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Brandy Brandes - softball friend

“I was sorry to hear this news of Shirley's passing. She suffered with a disease that we don't understand and now she is disease free. I remember she...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Marcia Ingham - Waverly, IA

“Gloria, Thinking of you during this hard time. You were so very good to Shirley and we all knew how much you loved her. You did everything you could...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Jami Cluts - Traer, IA

“Rest in peace my "One in a Million" friend. I will forever hold in my heart our friendship and all the great and wonderful memories from that...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Ruth - Waterloo, IA - friend

“Gloria, and relatives of Shirley, when I saw Shirley's picture I knew that I knew her from somewhere. I used carry the mail in the 1300 blk of...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: David DeLancey - Waterloo, IA

“My earliest memories of Gloria are from when she coached the Gibson Softball Team. I was always an opponent of Shirley's teams. I loved her...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Laura Kress

“I remember Shirley from all the softball games at the women's complex at Exchange Park. Also from the Waterloo bowl-in during leagues. You were an...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Becky Orvis - Waterloo, IA

“My first memory of Shirley was around the age of five. I would hide under a table because she would sing the most annoying song..."My names not Lisa....Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Lisa Cordova-Even - Waterloo, IA

“What can I say that everyone don't know already. Shirley was a wonderful person to be around and always had time to sit down and talk when you seen...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Josh Clausen - Mason City, IA

“Love you aunt Shirley ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Josh clausen - Mason cite, IA

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I remember those great days of fast pitch softball with many fond memories!! I treasure all the good...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Debra (Naber) Newman - Rockwell, IA

“Shirley was the best friend I could have had growing up. She was so important to making me, me. She was also important to a few scars I still bear...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Sharon Ginapp Aisenbrey - Oelwein, IA

“Time to rest Shirley and be greeted by all the family member who went before you. Rest in peace cousin Shirley, you will be missed. prayers to...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Sheryl Frid - Mason City, IA


Shirley Joann Reab was born on June 13, 1940 in Buffalo Center, Iowa, the daughter of Lester L. Reab and Anna J. Frid. She graduated from Mason City High and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Shirley played softball for the U.S. Navy team. After her military service, she remained active as a coach and player of fast pitch and slow pitch softball. She was inducted into the River City Hall of Fame. Shirley worked for the United Parcel Service and became the first female Center Manager in the state of Iowa, retiring in 1995. Shirley died at the age of 72 on August 6, 2012, at the Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer, Iowa. She is survived by her long-time partner, Gloria Hill; a special niece, Shelli Reab; a brother, Lester (Glennavon) Reab of Waterloo; a sister, Leanna (Leo) Johnson of Mason City; a sister-in-law, Emily (William) Reab of Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and a sister. Please direct memorials to The Unit at Sunrise Hil Care Center in Traer or the Cedar Bend Humane Society.

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