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Omar, Shirley Ilene (1927-2021)


Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 6/26/2021 at 09:32:34

Shirley Ilene Omar, 94, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died peacefully in her sleep at Hiawatha Care Center on June 24, 2021, during "a nice rain." Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 27, 2021, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Chapel Stateroom. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 28, 2021, at

3 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories. A livestream of the visitation may be accessed on the funeral home website under the obituary for Shirley, under the video tab starting at 3 p.m.

Shirley Ilene Heide was born on April 3, 1927, in Cresco, Iowa, the daughter of Oscar Hilke Heide and Linnie Irene Katherine (Frank) Heide.

She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco. She was active in youth activities at church and 4-H.

After graduating from Crestwood High School in 1945, she moved to Cedar Rapids for job opportunities. She was employed by Wilson's in the sausage department office. It was there that she met her husband, Robert Omar. They were married on Nov. 30, 1946. From this union, 10 children were born, Robert, Duane, Marlene, Patricia, Tommy, Barbara, Gary, Gale, Cathy and Russell. She spent her life as a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, passing on her cooking and sewing skills. She was fondly referred to as "Granny."

Shirley is survived by her children, Robert (Carolyn) Omar, Duane (Cindy) Omar, Marlene (Richard) Bishop, Patricia (John) Clouse, Tommy (Kris) Omar, Barbara Kellogg, Gary Omar (Cynthia Bathgate), Gale (Curtis) Bloomquist, Cathy (Michael) Fuller and Russell Omar; grandchildren, Sheri (Lawrence) Lyons, Christopher (Brenda) Omar, Heather (Travis) Norton, William Omar (Sara Moellers), Sheila Omar (Allen Stoddard), David (Michelle) Omar, Jeremy (Melenee) Omar, Tammy (Matthew) Gasper, Tanya (Charles) Mangold, Todd (Tracy) Wiedenman, Jeffrey (Diane) Clouse, Bradley (Beki) Kellogg, Brett (Lindsay) Kellogg, Justine Omar (Scott Clark), Heath Omar and Stacey (Mitchell) Glew; great-grandchildren, Erin Lyons, Emily Lyons, Caroline Lyons, Aiden Lyons, Tamara Omar, Madilyn Omar, Jackson Omar, Garrett Norton, Amber Hinck (Brady Vrieze), Kayli Hinck, Will Hinck, Shawn (Daron) Omar, Brandon Omar, Kyler Omar, Logan Omar, Sadie Omar, Jacob Gasper, Makayla Gasper, Katelyn Mangold, Mitchel Mangold, Amber Wiedenman, Autumn Wiedenman, Jacob Clouse, Emma Clouse, Brady Kellogg, Baker Kellogg, Bennett Kellogg, Addison Kellogg, Kenley Kellogg, Baylor Kellogg, Chloe Kellogg, Alexus Omar, Abigail Ruby, Holden Omar, Meadow Glew and Maddox Glew; great-great-grandchild, Landry Vrieze; step-grandchildren, Jessica (Brody) Pullman and family, Kayla (Bobby) Carroll and family, Allissa (Dennis) Lopes and family, Ashley Mussman, Rachel Fuller and family, Jillian (Joe) Wall and family and Luke (Cassie) Knipper; sister, Carol Burnikel (Dave Quam); and several nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter, Katey Lyn Bloomquist; brother, Kenneth Heide and wife Jeannie; son-in-law, Robert Kellogg; and nephew, Alan Burnikel.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Hiawatha Care Center for their kindness in taking care of our mother during her final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed toward the family.

Online condolences may be left at www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.


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