Shirley Mae Fiene, 91, of Freetown, Indiana, passed away at 6:40 p.m. on November 25, 2021, at the Lutheran Community Home in Seymour, Indiana. Shirley, the eldest child of the late Albert and Edna (Wilde) Wolf of Elmhurst, Illinois, was born on February 3, 1930.
Shirley served as an elementary school teacher, most of her career. First, as both bus driver and teacher in the Lutheran Schools, Gary, Indiana. After a short break to raise her young children, she taught in Marion, Indiana community schools for 17 years. Upon moving to Lake City, Florida, she taught preschool at the First United Methodist Church. She finished her full-time career as teacher/vice principal of Epiphany Catholic School of Lake City, Florida.
She served her churches as leader and teacher of Sunday School. She directed children’s choirs and Christmas or other seasonal children’s services.
Shirley married Leonard R. Fiene on July 5, 1953, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Addison, Illinois. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 65 years and infant daughter, Sheila R. Fiene (1958). Shirley is survived by her four children, Cheryl L. Lewis of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bradley A. Fiene (Mary) of Lake City, Florida, Curtis L. Fiene of Freetown, Indiana, and Darrel J. Fiene (Lori) of Marion, Indiana. They were blessed with twelve grandchildren, Marissa (Jonas) Cantrell, Benjamin Lewis (Jody VonWagner), Neil (Autumn) Lewis, Julene Fiene, Monica (Johnny) Benfield, Patricia (Rich) Love, Janet (Marsy) Sierra, Daniel (Callie) Brickert, Bradley Jr. (Ashley) Fiene, Joseph Fiene, Kimberly Fiene, and Toran (Emma) Fiene. They enjoyed their great-grandchildren, Kayla Cantrell, Elizabeth Cantrell, Emily Lewis, Hailey Lewis, Logan Lewis, Joanna Lewis, Kobe Lewis, Karie Lewis, Michael Lewis, Declan Lewis, Lane Humes, Kenzie Benfield, Jayden Benfield, Kyle Redd, Kaydence Davis, Melody Sierra, Michael Sierra, Denver Brickert, Melanie Fiene, Kingston Fiene, Archer Brickert, Wilder Brickert, Marley Fiene, and Parker Fiene and great-great grandchild, Memphis Combs.
The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, December 3, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clifty, Columbus, Indiana with Pastor Douglas Bauman officiating. A live stream of the funeral service may be viewed at stpaulcolumbus.org. Family and friends may gather for visitation from 10:30 a.m. until service time Friday at the church. Shirley will be laid to rest, following the service, in the church cemetery. Family and friends are invited to share a meal at the church, following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, Illinois 60305, cards will also be available at the church. Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at barkesweaverglick.com.