Shirley Orleck’s Memorial Service

Shirley High School

 Remembrance Of A Wonderful Person!

Shirley Mae Orleck passed away April 28, 2016 at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.   Shirley was born to the late Louis Orleck and Gertrude Orleck (maiden name Buckley) on July 29, 1936 and lived her entire life in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.  Shirley attended Highland’s High School and furthered her education in her chosen work field in the banking industry and engaged in that work her entire life.  She was a member of the First Christian Church in Fort Thomas.

Her activities and interests were many but her greatest love, other than her family, centered on animals and especially horses.  She was an avid horsewoman and lover and rescuer of all creatures great and small that she could.  She did animal rescues, both personally and through organizations she worked directly with and/or contributed to financially.  Her generosity and willingness not only was directed to animals but to people as well. Shirley was known by all as such a giving person who would go to any extent to help someone who was in need.  Shirley was very independent and self-sufficient and she had a way about her that resulted in her getting into the hearts of so many people she dealt with as a loan officer at the bank or in the things she did in her daily life.

Shirley is survived by her two brothers, Bob and Rick, both of whom traveled to her when she was hospitalized and had the privilege of being with her, sharing their love for her and receiving the same back from her.  She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends, some of whom were with her during her last days at the hospital including her nephew, Don Orleck, (son of our beloved deceased brother Donald) who helped Shirley with resolving health related matters and being available for her when she needed someone to transport her or help her in other ways.

Our sister died as she lived and it was with dignity.  Shirley always knew what she wanted to do and she exercised a strong faith and when it was time to leave us, she knew where she was going and the many times she smiled as she pointed her finger toward heaven was a testimony to that.  She will be sorely missed.

Knowing our sister Shirley the way we did, we felt that the services and gathering that we have planned to remember her is something she would be pleased with.  Therefore, on 30 July 2016 at 10:00 AM a Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held  at the First Christian Church located at 1031 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.  Pastor Allen Abbott will be officiating.  Shirley wanted to have family and friends to gather at her new home she had just purchased (one she never had the chance to spend a day or night in) on her 80th birthday which would have been on July 29th.  So we decided to have gatherings on her birthday (not at her house but at her church) but chose the next day because we believed a Saturday would be easier for people who wanted to attend but would have to be at work.  At that service you will be given the opportunity to speak about your remembrances of Shirley.

Following the service at her church, those who wish can join us and gather at the stable where Shirley boarded her horse, Peanut, for a special time of remembrance and a lunch.   Directions to the stable will be provided at her Memorial Service and we will go directly from the church to the stable.

Arrangements have been made to bury Shirley’s cremains at Mom and Dad’s grave site at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate, Kentucky.  Shirley never married and remained at home until the death of our Mom and continued to live there until she herself passed.   She was faithful to care for Mom when she became ill with cancer and there could be no greater love for a mother than Shirley had for Mom.  Most have heard Shirley say something like she “always relied on God and Gert.”  It is certain she did!  A private family ceremony will be arranged when a remembrance stone is completed for placement over Mom’s grave.  Our Dad deceased many years before, will now have both his wife and daughter close by.

This special website page has been prepared to enable you to keep current on these gatherings and to enjoy some pictures of Shirley and her interests.  If you have a special picture you would like to share send it by jpeg file to and he can add it to the gallery.  The photos so far have been provided by Bob and by her friend Heather from Colorado.

If you would like to be kept current on any new information or changes please let Bob know at

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  3 Responses to “Shirley Orleck’s Memorial Service”

  1. Very nice

  2. What a lovely tribute to a sister who was loved so deeply by her family!!

    I’m sure Aunt Gert, Uncle Lou and Don would be so proud of how their family members stuck so close to Shirley, not only in life, but when she needed them so badly in those final days.

    Linda Buckley

  3. We knew Shirley through horse & dog boarding. We always loved her & I had hoped to bring her some home grown tomatoes this summer or have her over to the house for supper when the tomatoes came in because we had once spoken about how much we both loved tomatoes. We were so sorry to hear of her passing & I regret that I was never able to share our tomatoes w/ her as I had planned. She was a wonderful, kind, & classy person. She will be missed. Peace & love to all her family at this time.

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