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home : obituaries : obituaries May 25, 2016

9/9/2013 8:00:00 AM
Shirley C. Tobey
Oct. 1, 1936 - Sept. 4, 2013
Shirley Tobey
Shirley Tobey

Mrs. Shirley Colleen Wagoner Tobey, 76, of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at her home.

On Oct. 1, 1936, Shirley Colleen was born at home in Fulton County, the cherished daughter of Charles C. and Pearl E. Marsh Wagoner. She lived most of her life in the home where she was born, but always lived in Rochester Township in the Mt. Zion neighborhood. Shirley attended the Woodrow School for the first eight years before her high school years at Rochester High School, graduating with her class in 1954.

As a youngster Shirley was a 10-year member of the Woodrow Peppers. Her father, Charles Wagoner, bred and raised a fine flock of Shropshire Sheep beginning in 1919, when he bought the farm, a wonderful place to raise his family. Growing up she helped tend the laying hens, Jersey cattle and Chester White Hogs. She and her mother sold eggs in town. Her dad wouldn't let her show the sheep until her later years of 4-H because in that era it wasn't ladylike.

Winning the heart of her future soul mate, Shirley could bake an extraordinary fluffy chiffon cake. On Nov. 25, 1955 at Rochester's E.U.B. Church, Robert Charles Tobey married Shirley Colleen Wagoner. Their union spanned 56 years. Together they raised two beautiful daughters Deborah and Lee Ann. Tragically Debbie passed away during her freshman year in high school. The added blessings of two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter completed the family tree.

Shirley was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church for over a half century. She and Bob were members of the Come Join Us Sunday School class, and also a members of the Young Republican Club. A vibrant member of the Republican Women's Club, Shirley served the group as president for a number of years.

She also played a vital roll with the Central Committee and served as secretary of the county G.O.P. For her dedicated service to the Fulton County Republicans, Shirley was recognized and awarded with the 2007 Republican Woman of the Year.

For nearly 36 years, Shirley could be found in our courthouse serving the public from the extension office, treasurer's office and retiring from the surveyor's office in December of 2006. At home in the earlier years, at the holidays and special family celebrations the family would gather for the feast at Shirley's treasured Tell City Hard Rock Maple dining set. She and Bob looked forward to shopping trips to Indianapolis and visiting L.S. Ayres or J. Shepherd searching for bargains and special sales. She loved the warmth of her Pendleton woolen suits.

To relax, Shirley would sit on the front porch swing, observing the wren's nest in the gourds that Bob had grown and hung in order to help their little feathered friends. Over the years, Shirley canned and froze all kinds of produce from the gardens and fruit trees. She was especially remembered for her cookie baking and decorating at the holidays. Grandma Shirley was proud of her grandchildren and their accomplishments. The arrival of Collette, the fourth generation, marked some very special memories.

Shirley is lovingly remembered by a daughter, Lee Ann Tobey Eizinger and husband Tim of Rochester; two grandchildren, Amy Eizinger Ott and husband Eric of Greenfield and Burke Eizinger and wife Tasha of Mishawaka; a great-granddaughter, Collette Reise Ott and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Shirley in death were her parents; husband Bob on April 20, 2012; a daughter, Deborah Sue Tobey in September of 1970; a brother, Robert James Wagoner; Marjorie Wagoner; and an infant brother.

Private family services celebrating the life of Mrs. Shirley C. Wagoner Tobey will be on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. The Rev. Phil Pratt will officiate. Interment will follow where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband Bob in Rochester's IOOF Cemetery. Visitation was 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St. Rochester. The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to the Robert C. "Bob" Tobey and the Dale Eizinger Family Agriculture Scholarship Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. You may sign Shirley's guestbook or light a candle to honor her memory by visiting

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: Donna Kuehl

LeeAnn and family. We wish to express our sincere sympathy on the loss of your beloved mother. Being parents and grandparents who are now privileged to live near our daughter and her family, we know how much it meant to your mother to be a part of your lives. A sudden death is always a shock however, you have the peace to know that she was able to still be independent. We are sure she died happy. May the assurance of life everlasting in the arms of Jesus give you peace during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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