Alberta J. (Shuey) Quirk, 98


Alberta “Janie” (Shuey) Quirk, 98, of Medora, died Monday, March 15, 2021, at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Jerseyville. Burial will follow in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Jerseyville.

Mrs. Quirk was born Jan. 15, 1923, in Gillespie, to George Wesley and Lula (Blevins) Shuey. She married Donald Brueggemann on March 15, 1942, in Kahokia, MO, and four years later, they had their first and only child, Donna. Her husband preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 1947. She later married John W. Quirk on July 29, 1950, at St. Denis Rectory in Shipman, and he preceded her in death.

She was a 1940 graduate of Gillespie High School. After graduating, she worked as a waitress at the Blue Danube in Litchfield, as well as a switchboard operator. She also worked at The Western in East Alton during World War II. She was a homemaker, devoted farm wife, loving mother and grandmother. She loved to quilt, spending many hours with the altar society making them. She also managed to make quilts for family members, which are now beloved heirlooms. 

She and her husband were proud supporters of Southwestern High School basketball and never missed a game for years. She worked side-by-side with her husband on their family farm outside of Medora in Jersey County. She was a talented seamstress and a wonderful cook. She was well-known for her angel food cakes, lemon pies and homemade chicken and noodles. She was a 4-H leader and taught many in the community to cook, bake, sew and crochet, including her daughter and granddaughters.

Mrs. Quirk was devoutly dedicated to her faith, which she made evident in how she lived her life. She was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. She was devoted to her family, as they were the light of her life. She made many dresses for her daughter and grandchildren. She was also an active member of the Jersey County Homemakers Extension Association, Royal Neighbors and the St. John’s Altar Society.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna (Robert) Moore of Medora; grandchildren, Mike (Sharol) Moore of Medora, Kathy (Rocky) Ryan of Nashville, TN, and Kari (Dave) Burns of Medora;  great-grandchildren, Hanna and Jenna Moore, and Samantha and Abbey Burns; sisters, Daisy Spendlove of Roy, UT, Patty (Jack) Dillard and Diana (Ronald) Durbin of Gillespie; sister-in-law, Rosalie Shuey of Wilsonville; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and two husbands, she was preceded in death by brothers, Ted Shuey, Ed Shuey, Marvin Shuey and Jim Shuey; sisters, Laveran Caveny, Marian Duda, Georgia Shuey and Joan Martin; nephews, Albert and Gene Alpi; and a niece, Corrine Shuey.

Memorials may be made to the Southwestern Sports Boosters and the Jersey County 4-H Foundation.

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