Shirley Marie Sneckenberg

Shirley Marie Sneckenberg

March 26, 1923 – January 12, 2022

Preceded in death by husband, William A. Sneckenberg; son, William J. Sneckenberg; son-in-law, James Regan; granddaughter, Christine Sorto. Survived by children: Mary Regan, Patrick (Mary), Susan “Susie” Davis (Greg), Thomas (Dawn), Teresa Ruffing (Charles), and Michael (Annette); many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Norman J. Elvig (Joyce); daughter-in-law, Kathleen.

VISITATION: Tuesday, January 18th from 9:30am to 10:30am followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10:30am, all at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive.  Interment: Resurrection Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to New Cassel Foundation or FRAXA Research Foundation.

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Shirley Marie Sneckenberg was born on March 26, 1923 to the late Norman and Florence Elvig in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She was the oldest of three children—younger siblings, brother Norman John and sister Donna Marilyn.  Mom graduated from Central High School in Minneapolis.   She was a cheerleader and made many lifelong friends. She did some modeling work and was also Princess in the Aquatennial Parade in Minneapolis.

She met our dad, William “Bill” Sneckenberg; they were married on December 18,1943 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Dad was in the Navy Air Corps and went to the South Pacific during WW II.   Mom went back to Minneapolis to await his return.  They had four children together in Minneapolis.  Their first child was Mary; soon to follow were Bill, Pat, and Susie.   Dad’s work required him to move to Moorhead, Minnesota where Tom was born followed by a move to Omaha where Teri and Mike were born.  “Mother was such a strong woman, managing all these moves and teaching us life lessons along the way.”

Mom lived a long and full life, enjoying her kids and their kids.  She encouraged us to follow our dreams, and through all the successes and some failures, she was there to encourage us and guide us every step of the way.  “Mother was and will continue to be the glue that holds this family together.” (Tom)

“She encouraged all of us in sports whether traveling the countryside going to swim meets or going to football or baseball games.  She always pushed and encouraged us to be the best we could be in whatever we were doing.  She loved Husker Football and volleyball and would watch and cheer on the teams, win or lose.”  (Terri)

Mom valued the importance of religion in our life and made sure that we all knew how important our faith is and that we share our faith with future generations.

Mom and Dad loved to travel.  They visited many countries all over the world (including: Israel, Russia, Australia, and New Zealand to mention a few) but their favorite was Southern Germany with the beautiful flowers.   In addition, the family took road trips in the family station wagon to nearly every state.

“Love and kisses Mom and Dad !!  See you again in the future.” (Suzy)




  • Jenny McCarthy & Steve Tuosto Posted January 13, 2022 8:40 pm

    To one fine lady. RIP Shirley

  • Bruce and France Blanchard Posted January 15, 2022 2:27 pm

    Our hearts are with you

  • Barbara Gilman Posted January 17, 2022 11:32 am

    God bless you Shirley

  • Cris Skutnik Posted January 17, 2022 12:55 pm

    She was like a 2nd mother to me. I have always felt so loved by all. She was such a Great lady, and so fun

  • Timothy Elofson Posted January 17, 2022 3:17 pm

    So sorry to hear this. I remember Shirley from my childhood. She was a terrific lady, and our parents thought the world of your entire family. Peace be with you.

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