Obituary for Shirley Elizabeth Sowa

Shirley Elizabeth Sowa

Birth Date: May. 25th, 1935
Date Passed: Mar. 15th, 2021


Shirley Elizabeth Sowa age 85, of Beaver Island, MI died Monday, March 15, 2021 in Grand Rapids surrounded by her loving family. Shirley was born on May 25, 1935 on Beaver Island, MI to the late John Clifford and Catherine Teresa (O’Donnell) White. She married Gerald Raymond Sowa on May 9, 1959 in Muskegon, MI. He preceded her in death on February 3, 2006. She was a Registered Nurse for many years until her retirement. Shirley is survived by 2 Daughters: Lois M. (Kevin) Stipp of Beaver Island and Catherine (Joel) Meintsma of Coopersville. 2 Sons: John L. (Elaine) Sowa of California and Michael A. (Michelle) Sowa of Beaver Island. 11 Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great Great Grandchildren. 2 sisters: Audrey (Vince) Beilman of Florida and Pamela O’Brien of Beaver Island. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gerald, 2 Brothers: John C. and James White, 1 Sister: Kathleen Neiser. In Celebration of her life there will be a Catholic Mass followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in May on Beaver island. Memorials may be directed to: Holy Cross Altar Society-Beaver Island 37860 Kings Hwy Beaver Island, MI 49782 Go to: or Facebook @ Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna Inc. to sign the online guestbook. The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements. 231-853-6511