Shirley Josephine Walena

April 19, 1939September 2, 2018

Rincon - Shirley Josephine (Jo) Walena, 79, formerly of Screven County, GA, passed away Sunday, September 2, 2018, at Effingham Care Center in Springfield, Georgia. She was born April 19, 1939, in Screven County to the late Otto Oscar and Nina Doyle Walena. She was a waitress at Williams Seafood Restaurant in Savannah for many years and afterwards was a greeter at Wal-Mart in Rincon. She was of the Catholic faith. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a Sister, Marie W. Griner, and 2 Brothers, Herman Joseph Walena and Jerual Paul Walena.

Survivors include, a Daughter, Gale T. Rigdon of Sylvania, A Son, Tony Walena of Savannah, a Sister, Amelia W. Thompson of Savannah. A Number of Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Ms. Walena will be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. in the Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason McClendon officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery in the Bay Branch Community of Screven County.

Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Dale Griner, Steven Griner, Robert Griner, Vincent Thompson, Durrell Thompson, and Trent Thompson.

Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home of Sylvania is in charge of all arrangements.


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Funeral Services Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Burial Following At Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Shirley Josephine Walena

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