Shirley Alberta Roeder Petsch, 65, was welcomed home by her Savior on September 5, 2021. Shirley was born in Evansville, Ind., on October 15, 1955. Raised in Herndon, she graduated from Christian County High School and marred Ronald D. Petsch of Kelly, on December 11, 1976. The two relocated to Edinburg, Texas several years later where they raised their four children.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Dogwood Funerals & Cremations of Crofton, with Bro. Phillip Brumfield officiating. Burial will follow in the Macedonia Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour.
Shirley was a selfless, devoted mother and active community member even as she excelled in her career as a bank executive, while also keeping things running in the office of the family construction business. She faithfully accompanied all of her children to various 4-H competitions, events and livestock shows, serving as Club Manager of the Alamo F&F 4-H Club for many years and also as Treasurer for the Hidalgo County 4-H Foundation. She and Ron both taught Children’s Sunday School at First Baptist Church Edinburg where they were long-time active members.
Cancer struck in 2006, and Shirley began a 15 years-long battle that took a slow and wrenching toll on her mind and body. Her tenacious fight against the disease and the effects of its treatment was admired by all who knew her and watched her endure with grace. She will be remembered not only for her remarkable strength, for her inner and outer-beauty, but also for the way she lived life in a constant state of giving to her husband, children, and her community.
Shirley is survived by her husband Ron and their four children, Ronda Flocke (Jonathan) of Piermont, N.H., Lelia Petsch, John Petsch and Henry “Al” Petsch all of Edinburg, Texas, five grandsons and two granddaughters, her parents Albert and Evelyn Roeder of Herndon, a sister Donna (David) Fields of Auburn, a brother Dennis (Tara) Roeder of Herndon, along with many cherished nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions are suggested to be made to American Cancer Society.