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11/17/2018 10:11:00 AM
Shirley J. Carstens
October 19, 1935 - November 13, 2018
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Shirley J. Carstens, 83, of Pontiac, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at 10:00 p.m. at Estelle’s House in Ocala, Fla.

Her service will be Monday, November 19, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. at Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home in Pontiac. with Pastor Noah Porzelius officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery in Flanagan, Ill.

Visitation will be Monday, November 19, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley was born October 19, 1935 in Greenfield, Ill. to Richard B. and Nellie (Hughes) Johnson. In 1951. She married Mervin Wolfe. Of this union, five children were born, including Sharon, Jim, Faun, Debra, and Mervin, Jr. On October 19, 2007, she married Dale L. Carstens and gained two daughters, Sheri and Teri. Dale survives in Pontiac.

Also surviving are her children, Jim Wolfe of Taylorville, Ill., Faun Rogers of Summerfield, Fla., Debra (Mike) Krause of Palm Coast, Fla., Mervin Wolfe, Jr. of Mattoon, Ill., and the “babies” of the family, Sheri (Matt) Carlson of Hillside, Ill. and Teri (Isaac) Juneman of Deer Creek, Ill.; brother, Lloyd (Wanda) Johnson of Metamora, Ill.; sister, Linda Pennington of Carlinville, Ill.; and she will always be remembered lovingly by her 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Sharon McKinney; brothers, Herbert Johnson and Richard Johnson; sisters, Marie Odam, Fern Whitlock, Connie Baker, Dorine Johnson, and Betty Thaxton; and grandchildren, Mattie and Leroy.

Shirley was a graduate of Greenfield High School and went on to do two years of college. She was a homemaker, dietary manager, dressmaker, and secretary for Kincaid Welding.

Shirley traveled to many states and did a tour in the Peace Corp in Africa in 1973. As life members of the VFW Local 886, she and Dale spent several years actively working for veterans and she was a past district president for the auxiliary. Shirley was a member of the Chief Pontiac Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, a life member of the American Legion, and charter member of the Pontiac War Museum.

Shirley had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. She truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures of chatting and laughing with friends and family, traveling, gardening, and spending retirement in the Florida sunshine with her husband.

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