Shirley Jean Husa, 90, of Jacksonville, died Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Heritage Health in Jacksonville. She was born October 23, 1930, in Joliet, the daughter of Eugene and Marjorie Brazel Barrowman. She married John (Jack) Husa on June 14, 1953, in Joliet and he preceded her in death on May 23, 2005.
She is survived by two daughters, Susan (Steve) Carls of Arenzville and Janie Stephens of Greenville, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Katherine Carls of Jacksonville, Christina (Matt) Vortman of Springfield, Jeffrey (Audrey) Carls of Arenzville, Wyatt Stephens of Greenville, South Carolina, Haley Stephens and Marjorie Jane Stephens, both of Austin, Texas; three great-granddaughters, Emma and Anna Vortman of Springfield and Charlotte Stephens of Greenville, South Carolina. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, parents, an infant brother and great-granddaughter Grace Elizabeth Vortman.
Shirley graduated from Dixon High School and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb with a degree in Home Economics in 1952. Jack and Shirley lived in Fort Riley, Kansas where Jack entered the Army Intelligence. Shirley taught sixth grade on the Army post. Jack and Shirley moved to DeKalb so Jack could work on his master’s degree and Shirley taught Home Economics at DeKalb Junior High School. They then moved to Villa Park where Shirley taught at York High School in Elmhurst while Jack worked toward his doctorate at the University of Chicago. They moved to DeKalb again and then to Charleston where Jack was on the faculty at Northern Illinois University and at Eastern Illinois University. They moved to Jacksonville in 1969 where Jack taught microbiology at MacMurray and Illinois College. Shirley was an active member of the community and loyal supporter of the arts in Morgan County. She enjoyed reading, travel, knitting, and attending her grandchildren’s events and activities. Shirley was a marvelous cook and she and Jack enjoyed hosting dinner parties and took great delight in their many friends. Shirley and Jack thoroughly enjoyed their world travels. Shirley cherished her role as wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Monday Conversation Club, and Chapter CY, P.E.O. She enjoyed a variety of civic activities and contributed her time and talents to many organizations over the years.
A private committal service will be held at Woodwreath Cemetery near New Berlin. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Jacksonville Public Library or the First Presbyterian Church. The Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.