Shirley J. Tilicek passed away at her home near Schulenburg on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 9 p.m. She died from complications from Parkinson’s disease after a seven-year illness at age 83 years, 3 months, 18 days.
The funeral was held on Saturday, May 23 at 2 p.m. at the Schulenburg City Cemetery, with Rev. Bob Opperude officiating. Pallbearers were Frank Tilicek III, Frank Eric Tilicek, Robert Shults, Larry Veselka, Alfonso Sirilo and Glen Vornsand.
She was born in Schulenburg on Feb. 2, 1937, the daughter of Eric and Elsie (Konrad) Munke, and attended Schulenburg High School.
Shirley Jean Munke Tilicek was born with an independent spirit and a bright mind. At a young age, she worked for Dr. Lyman E. Ihle. It was Dr. Ihle and R.L. Vivial who introduced her to Frank Tilicek Jr. and Dr. Ihle who encouraged her to accept Frank’s invitation for a first date. On April 12, 1955, Frank and Shirley married at First Baptist Church in Schulenburg. Together they raised two children, Frank III and Cheryl. For many years, Shirley devoted herself to her family and to Frank’s Restaurant, which she and her husband owned. Shirley’s strong character, determination and backbone helped her earn respect and the title “boss lady.” Shirley and Frank were active members of the First United Methodist Church where she chaired the Methodist Tasting Dinner and hosted the annual church picnic at home in her beautifully kept back yard. Known as a regal, kind, thoughtful and beautiful lady, Shirley never grew conceited. Her desire was to learn and grow closer to God. Always, even in her last weeks, she boldly confessed, “I love God.” Her family writes: “Thank you beloved Mother, Mom, Grandma, Boss Lady, and Precious Child of God. You will be deeply missed!”
Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Lauterstein of Schulenburg; a son, Frank Tilicek III and wife Ginger of Schulenburg; two grandchildren, Frank Eric Tilicek of Cedar Park and Tara Wagner of Austin; and two great-grandchildren, Scarlett and Phoebe Wagner.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband and a brother, Eric Munke Jr.
Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.