Shirley Ann St. John
July 29, 1931 – November 19, 2019
Shirley St. John, 88
BLOOMINGTON — Shirley Jorgensen St. John, 88, of Bloomington, died on November 19, 2019, at Meadowood Health Pavilion. Born July 29, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois, she was the daughter of Verner and Nelle Jorgensen. She graduated from Kankakee High School in 1949, and from the University of Illinois in 1953. Shirley met Wendell St. John in their ninth grade science club. They wed on October 6, 1956, and were married for 63 years. Shirley was an adventurous explorer of the world. She lived in Germany for several years in the 1950s while Wendell attended the University of Heidelberg, and returned in the 1980s to live in Frankfurt and Berlin while working for the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), an international community development organization. While working for the Institute, she lived and worked in Japan for fifteen years.
Shirley retired from the ICA in the early 1990s. She and Wendell moved to Bloomington to live near their three adult children, David, Ann and Jane.
Shirley believed in living her faith through acts of service. She was active in the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in the 1990s in establishing the Shalom Community Center where she was a founder and first board president. She was active in several Habitat for Humanity Women Builds. She enjoyed being a member of Phoebe Circle at FUMC.
She is survived by her husband, Wendell St. John; son, David St. John (Karin) of Bloomington; daughter, Jane St. John (Robert Woolford) of Bloomington; son-in-law, Michael May; four grandchildren, Alex St. John, Emma St. John, Sarah Woolford and Benjamin Woolford; and three step-grandchildren, Charles Samson May, Maryellen May and Michael May.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Ann St. John; and step-grandson, Zachary Paul May.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Bloomington. Visitation at 1:00 p.m. followed by the service at 2:00 p.m. Reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Shalom Community Center at www.shalomcommunitycenter.org or 620 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington, 47401.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, November 30, 2019
- Receiving of Friends Saturday, November 30, 2019
Shirley Ann St. John
Blue Butterfly Woman
November 27, 2019
Shirley was a gift 🎁
We enjoyed her beautiful smile and her devotions in UMW Phoebe Circle ⭕️
We always enjoyed her cheerful presence along with her devoted husband Wendell at our monthly hour of music 🎶 with Mark and friends at Meadowood.
I’m honored to have known Shirley St John
Wendell and family
I am deeply sorry for your loss
I am rejoicing for heaven’s gain
I am grateful for the beautiful example of Christ Light and Love radiating from both of you
May God’s Love and Grace fill you
November 23, 2019
I have so many fond memories of Shirley! May she rest in peace. I’m sure she heard the beautiful voice of her loving savior saying: “Well done, good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of Gods kingdom.”
She was always such a calm, warm and faithful soul. She was a tremendously affirming person, along with Wendell, at a time that made such an impact in my life. I know I speak for others as well. Such a life well lived. Thank you, Shirley, for your encouragement, good humor and Godly outlook. With deep affection, Jim (she often called me “James, James”) Anderson
November 23, 2019
I am very sorry for you loss! I am very thankful I got the pleasure to meet and take care of Shirley. She was a wonderful and kind soul! Many times we talked about art and raising children . She always had a good piece of advice for me to take with me each time . I loved taking time to talk with her. Thank you again for the pleasure of getting to meet her! She made an impact on my life.
Carman Roach (former Meadowood CNA)