Shirley Plunk

Alton | Monday, August 8 2022 |

Shirley Mae Plunk, 91, died at 11:51 a.m. Monday, August 8, 2022, at OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center.  Born January 11, 1931, in Alton, she was the daughter of Harry Edwin and Bertha (Lowe) Olden. 

Mrs. Plunk was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton and retired as an inspector for the Olin Corporation.  She was married to Charles Plunk of Alton.  He preceded her in death on July 6, 2003. 

Surviving is four children, Linda Wieneke (Dennis) of Fairmont City, Floyd Fessler (Jean) of Bethalto, Cherie Rogg (Frank) of Godfrey, and John Plunk (Heather) of Piasa, and three step-children, Linda Pritchett (David) of Godfrey, Lisa Landers (Greg) of Alton, and Richard Plunk (Martha) of Alton. 

Also, surviving are grandchildren, Julie Oller (Paul), Kathryn Newton (Matthew), Sarah Daniels (Nicholas), Jason Plunk, Grace Plunk, Mallory Plunk, Michael Pritchett, Matt Pritchett (Samantha), Megan Pritchett, Lauren Klimek (Mark), Sasha Seymour (Michael), and Shea Landers, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, and a sister, Velma Gerding. 

Along with her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Olden, and two sisters, Audrey McGowan and Vera Tiemann. 

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2022, at Gent Funeral Home in Alton.  A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton. 

Burial will be at Upper Alton Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Online guestbook and information may be found at

Obit Provided By:
Gent Funeral Home

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