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Shirley M. Colgan

February 3, 1927 February 18, 2020
Shirley M. Colgan
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Obituary for Shirley M. Colgan

Brimfield- Shirley Marie (Heinz) Colgan, 93, went home to her beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus, on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Apostolic Christian Skylines Care Center.

Born February 3,1927, in Kickapoo, Illinois, she was the daughter of John and Barbara
(Brutcher) Heinz. Shirley married John D. Colgan on August 20, 1949 in Kickapoo.
He preceded her in death on May 6, 2007. She also was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are children; Barbara (Richard) McKown, Clifford Colgan, Connie (Daniel) Hornickel, Kenneth (Cheryl) and Marilyn Colgan, grandchildren; Clint McKown, Nicole (David) Burgess, Katie Colgan, Matthew Colgan, Stacey (Corey) Kincaid, Lindsey Hornickel, Kelly (Cory) Hood, Molly (Shawn) McIntyre, Shaun (Jenna) Colgan, great grandchildren; Owen and Kinley Burgess, Colton, Cason and Camden Kincaid, Avery and Grayson Hood, Harrison McIntyre and Wyatt Colgan.

Shirley was a 1945 graduate of Academy of Our Lady in Peoria, Illinois and was a lifelong devout Catholic. She was a longtime member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brimfield Illinois and recent member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Peoria.

Shirley and Jack farmed together at Brimfield for more than twenty years. Besides using her creative talents for children’s costumes and school projects, she did custom upholstering and truck name lettering. Later she worked at Proctor Hospital Central Supply by night and crafted artistic gifts for family and St. Jude fundraisers by day. Shirley also enjoyed playing cards and dominos with her friends and family.

In retirement, Shirley and Jack enjoyed traveling the USA in their motor home or using it as the base for nearby campground family gatherings. Shirley became as much of a fan as Jack in following the St. Louis Cardinals.

After her own dedicated caregiving to Jack, Shirley lived in Marilyn’s loving care for ten years until going to Apostolic Christian Skylines. Shirley’s family greatly appreciated the love and care given both by the nursing home staff and OSF Hospice during her stay.

Memorial Mass will be at 11:00 am at St. Jude’s Catholic Church on Saturday, July 24, 2021 followed by a “Celebration of Life“ at St. Jude Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made during the Celebration of Life gathering or sent/payable to: St. Jude Catholic Church,10811 N. Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, IL 61615. (In honor of Funeral Masses) or The Heller Center, For Kids with Cancer, 530 N. E. Glen Oak Ave. Peoria, IL 61637. (Attention Shelly Lee for Shirley Colgan memorial)

Private family graveside services will be held in Brimfield.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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Memorial Mass




11:00 AM 7/24/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Jude Catholic Church

10811 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61615

St. Jude Catholic Church
10811 N. Knoxville Ave. Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude Catholic Church

10811 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61615

Heller Center for Kids with Cancer at OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois


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