Suzanne Lorraine (Shirk) Alexander

TUCSON, Ariz. – Suzanne Lorraine (Shirk) Alexander, 68, of Tucson, Ariz., and formerly of Gladstone, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital, in Tucson, following a lengthy illness.

Suzanne was born Dec. 11, 1945, in Escanaba, the daughter of Lawrence and Frances (Hicks) Shirk. She was raised in Gladstone and was a graduate of the Gladstone High School. Suzanne went on to attend Bay de Noc Community College, where she studied nursing and eventually received her LPN degree. Suzanne provided private nursing care in Escanaba before relocating to Waukesha, Wis., where she resided for many years before moving to Tucson where she has remained since.

Suzanne was a longtime member of Community of Christ Church. She enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren. Suzanne was a very caring, compassionate, lovely hearted person and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include son, Larry Alexander of Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers, Larry (Linda) Shirk of Milwaukee, Mike (Chris) Shirk of Jackson, Wyo., James Shirk of Austin, Texas, Shane (Kathy) Shirk of Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; sisters, Peggy (Glen) Brown of Independence, Mo., Laurie (Ken) VanDrese of Cornell; grandchildren, Jonathan, Charrack, Louis, Angelica and Keeley Lefferman and Breanna Thorton.

Also surviving are numerous loving great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Frances; daughter, Kelly Lefferman; sisters, Irma Anderkin and Sharon Shirk; brother, Paul Shirk; nephews, Jeff VanDrese and Kevin Peterson.

Memorial services for Suzanne are tentatively scheduled to take place over the 4th of July holiday at the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements. Additional information will be forthcoming in a future edition of the Daily Press. Messages of condolence to Suzanne’s family may be offered online at