Shirley Ann Dunker

Shirley Ann Dunker, 88, of Chester, Illinois, passed away at 3:20 pm, Monday, January 29, 2024 at Parkwood Meadows Assisted Living, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.

She was born to the late Alexander and Irene (nee Brown) Surman on July 30, 1935 in Chester, Illinois.

Shirley married Cletus A. Dunker on June 30, 1951 in Piggott, Arkansas; he preceded her in death on July 20, 1991.

In her younger years, Shirley had worked at the Shoe Factory in Evansville, and then had worked at Gilster Mary-Lee Corporation and Walmart.

Shirley was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, Illinois.


   1 Son:

        Thomas Dunker Evansville, IL

   1 Brother:

        Roger (Kathy) Surman Barnhardt, MO

   5 Grandchildren:

       Deana (Mike) Korando Ellis Grove, IL

       Ron (Becky) Dunker Chester, IL

       Chris Dunker Fairview Heights, IL

       Jennifer (John) Waitukaitis O’Fallon, IL

       Stephanie Dunker Wickliffe, KY

   11 Great Grandchildren:

        Chase & Natalyn McCarty, Daylin McCarty, Daltyn Korando, Alexander & Elizabeth Dunker, Zachary & Whitney Dunker, Samantha Dunker, Sarah Dunker and Catelynn Dunker

   8 Great-Great Grandchildren:

        Sophia & McKenna Waitukaitis, Jacoby Dunker, Audrey & Jaxon England and Addilyn, Emmalyn and Saria Dunker


Preceded in Death by: Parents, Husband, 1 Daughter – Linda Sue Dunker, 1 Son – David Dunker and 1 Half Brother – Jim (Darlene) Runge

Funeral Service:

11:30 am, Wednesday, January 31, 2024

St. John Lutheran Church, Chester, Illinois


Rev. Timothy Sims


St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery

Evansville, Illinois


Wednesday – 9:30 am – 11:30 am

St. John Lutheran Church, Chester, Illinois

In Lieu of Flowers donations may be made to Legacy Hospice or St. John’s New Facility Fund.