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Shirley Ann Toole, 82, Goshen, died Thursday at her home from complications of multiple myeloma.
She was born Aug. 20, 1935, in Kidron, Ohio, to Benjamin and Irene (Sommer) Amstutz. Shirley was a 1957 graduate of Goshen College. She taught school in Mount Eaton, Ohio, Cleveland Heights, Ohio and eventually in Chicago, Illinois.
While serving in Chicago with Mennonite Voluntary Service, she met her husband, Edwin Toole. They were married Aug. 19, 1961, at Kidron Mennonite Church. While raising her family she did some tutoring and schooled children in their homes while they were unable to attend school in Elmhust, Illionis.
In 1987 she began working for the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center and remained there until retirement.
Shirley enjoyed traveling abroad and went to Europe with an MCC work group and again with a Mennonite World Conference tour group. She also traveled to Central America, Mexico and Canada, and enjoyed traveling to many states with her husband. Upon retirement they moved to Kidron, and then to Goshen to be near family.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Edwin, Goshen; two sons, Kendall (Barb) Toole, Goshen, and Harley (Roselin) Toole, Bourbonnais, Illinois; five grandchildren, Hannah, Kirsten, Benjamin, Sarah and Catherine Toole; stepgrandson, Andrew Branum; two sisters, Doris North, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Gloria (Curt) Nussbaum, Kidron, Ohio; and a brother, Kenneth (Vonnie) Amstutz, Kidron, Ohio.
Shirley was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved having her children and grandchildren be a part of her life. She chose to live a life of service by volunteering in each community where she lived. In Elmhurst, she was an active member of Lombard Mennonite Church; in Kidron, she volunteered at World Crafts, the Heritage Center and the MCC store; and in Goshen she joined the PHALO book club, volunteered at Greencroft, played with the New Horizon Orchestra and was an active member of Waterford Mennonite Church.
Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 23, beginning at 2 p.m. prior to the 4 p.m. memorial service at Waterford Mennonite Church, 65975 Ind. 15, Goshen. Pastor Neil Amstutz will officiate.
According to her wishes, cremation will take place at Yoder-Culp Crematory, Goshen, with burial at Kidron Mennonite Church Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be directed to the church or Mennonite Disaster Service.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 20, 2017
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