In Memory of




Obituary for Helen G. Shirk

REMINDER: A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2023, 11:00 AM at the Faith United Lutheran Church, 357 Walnut St., Denver, with Pastor Marissa Becklin officiating.

Helen was born on a winter day on January 13th, 1920, to Evan and Sallie Dinger on a farm in Cocalico Township. She lived 103 years until her death on a beautiful fall day on October 18th, 2023.

Her life was comprised of many historical experiences. Her birth year was the year women got the right to vote. She was able to survive the Great Depression as a result of farm living. She also experienced the hardships of World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Civil Rights Movement, the Kennedy Assassination, and the Beatles Invasion. She also experienced many things of wonder - the Moon Landing, the destruction of the Berlin Wall (in person), the great Internet revolution and Alexa.

Helen had two brothers, Robert Lee (deceased) and John, married to Alice Ann.

In 1940, Helen married P. Rudolph Shirk of Schoeneck, PA and had four children: Brian Thomas (married to Mary Alice), Paula, Ann Bettina, and Sally Jo (married to Bill Brasington). She is survived by eight grandchildren: Jennifer, Margery, Aimee, Eileen, Katherine, Alexandra, Eli and Rudi, and thirteen great grandchildren.

Education was of prime importance to Helen as she overcame obstacles to get to school and walked two miles to reach the bus. She often stated in her later years that she would like to have pursued more educational opportunities.

Her grandchildren were a source of pride and love and she took her role as grandmother to heart.

The nurses that cared for her throughout her fifteen years at Ephrata Manor had a soft spot for Helen and truly loved her. The family thanks all staff of Ephrata Manor deeply as well as her many friends that she has had throughout the years, and all who showed kindness and love to her.

She is already missed by many and will forever be part of our hearts and memories.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Ephrata Manor in Helen’s memory.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, December 7, 2023, at 11:00 AM, at Faith United Lutheran Church, 357 Walnut St., Denver.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at