Shirlee J. Howe

shirlee howe
Shirlee Jean (Panoch) Howe, age 79, of Fredericksburg, IA passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021, with her children by her side at Regional Health Services of Howard County, Cresco, IA. A private family Scripture service with be held at Conway-Markham Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family. Shirlee was born on January 7th, 1942, in Iowa City, IA to James Willard Mitchell and Emma Elvira (Boots) Bunn Mitchell of Muscatine Iowa. She was raised in Muscatine, and later moved to Evansdale, IA after her father, James Mitchell lost his life in WWII, in Luxemburg at the “Battle of The Bulge.” Her mother later re-married and moved the family to Fredericksburg, IA, where she attended Frederiksberg High School. She married Donald W. Panoch August 22, 1964. They moved to an acreage in North Washington, IA, where they farmed until 1970. Shirlee attended Pixi Cosmetology College while living on the farm. They returned to Fredericksburg where she had her shop working out of her home. They later divorced, she went on to work at Sara Lee and retired from there when they closed. Shirlee loved her family especially her grandchildren! She enjoyed the outdoors. She enjoyed hunting with her brothers, children, and grandchildren. But she enjoyed fishing the most with her family, she was always up to a good competition of who got the first fish, the most, and the biggest! She enjoyed visiting her son and granddaughter in Wisconsin and going out on the boat fishing with them! Her daughter and son-in law enjoyed taking her to a private pond fishing on the weekends, where she recently got the first, the biggest and the most. They also took her with them to local craft shows, shopping and playing cards with family when time allowed. She will be remembered for her kind and caring soul. Shirlee is survived by her loving children William “Willie” Panoch of Milltown, WI, and Brenda, Jeff (Panoch) Zahasky of Calmar, IA; grandchildren Mitchell A. & (Sarah) Crema of Butte, MT and Hunter W. Panoch of River Falls, WI; siblings James Mitchell and Special Friend Carol Schultz of Fredericksburg, IA, Dan (Patricia) Becker of Elk Run Heights, IA; sister-in-law Mary Mitchell of Kissimmee, FL; brother-in-law Dean Speicher, Fredericksburg, IA, and several nieces and nephews. Shirlee is preceded in death by her parents, James, and Emma Mitchell; brother, Jacque Mitchell; sister, Judy Speicher. Her children’s father, Donald Panoch. And very special friend Larry Edwards.

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  1. Rest easy Aunt Shirlee. You and mom and Jacque are together again! Thoughts and prayers are with you all! Love, Dena and Zac and Dean Speicher

  2. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Conway-Markham Funeral Home – New Hampton

  3. Our Deepest Sympathy to the Entire family. Know Prayers and Thoughts are with you during this difficult time of loss of loved one! James and Lyn Bailey

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