JEFFERSON – Shirley M. Roper of Jefferson was called to her heavenly home on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at the age of 80. She was born February 20, 1933 and was the daughter of August and Marie Petersen.

Shirley will be dearly missed by her children, Terry (Carlene) Roper of Rapid City, South Dakota, Brian (Theresa) Roper of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Sherry (James) Jordan of Las Vegas, Nevada, Larry (Mary) Roper of Iowa City, Iowa, and Barry Roper (Kim) of Newton, Iowa; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law Eleanor Roper of Leland, Iowa. Preceding her in death are her parents August and Marie Petersen, her husband Louis, and her brothers Lorenz, Velmer, Walter, and Glenn.

Palmer Funeral Home in Gowrie, Iowa is serving the family (515-352-3121). A private graveside committal service was scheduled at Reading Township Cemetery near Farnhamville. For further information, please visit to view the online obituary or send condolences. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Shirley’s name to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society are appreciated.