Juanita B. Shirk, 94

JULY 12, 1919-AUG. 23, 2013

August 24, 2013
  • Juanita B. Shirk
Juanita B. Shirk

Juanita Belle Shirk, 94, of Clear Spring went to be with her Lord on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

Born July 12, 1919, in Slanesville, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Melvin Earl Powers and Minnie Myrtle Alkire Powers.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, the Rev. Jay Max Shirk, in 1994.

Juanita was a member of St. Clements Episcopal Church in Indian Springs and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Clear Spring for 42 years, where she served as president of the altar guild

In previous years, she was employed by Celanese in Cumberland, Md., Dorbees in Hagerstown, Md., and London Fog Manufacturing in Hancock, Md. She retired from the Washington County tax credit application department in 1973.

She is survived by a daughter, Lesa C. Mason and husband, Joey, of Clear Spring; two sons, Jay D. Shirk and wife, Bonnie, and Michael G. Shirk and wife, Vicki, both of Hagerstown; grandchildren, Wendy, Amy, Daniel, Tim, Rachel, Matthew and Katie; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Alan Shirk, in 1974; two sisters, Myrl Moser and Kathleen McKee; and four brothers, Harold, Jack, Kenneth and Truman Powers.

Services will be Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc., 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring. The Rev. John Cozzoli will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.


The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. For the convenience of friends, you may visit the funeral home Tuesday after noon.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

The family would like to extend its sincere appreciation to Mary Mason, her companion and caregiver, and to Hospice of Washington County.

Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc. is honored to provide services to the family.

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