In Loving Memory of Shirley Okerblom

March 02, 1943
Bridgeport, CT
July 11, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Friday 4-8 PM

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

July 14, 2017


St. Pius X Church

Mass of Christian Burial

834 Brookside Drive,
CT 06824

Saturday, July 15, 2017, 11:00 AM


Family Gathering


Friends of the Fairfield Public Library

1080 Old Post Road,
CT 06824

Shirley L. Okerblom

Shirley L. Okerblom, of Fairfield, beloved wife of the late Robert A. Okerblom, passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Born in Bridgeport, the daughter of the late Stephen and Mary Strajk, she was raised in Stratford and had been a Fairfield resident for over 50 years. Shirley was currently employed as the executive secretary in the instructional office at Fairfield public schools since 1974 and also worked in the Continuing Education Program. She also worked for the Fairfield and Pequot Libraries, and earlier in her life, worked at Mechanics and Farmers Savings Bank and as a crossing guard at Riverfield School. Shirley loved to stay active and truly enjoyed all her work experiences but her greatest joy was spending time with her family and large circle of friends, especially her cherished grandchildren. She also loved taking care of her daughters’ dogs, Jovi and Harley. Survivors include two beloved twin daughters who will miss her dearly, Christine Engel and her husband, Jeff and Karen Lopes and her husband Rui of Fairfield; her five adoring grandchildren, Heather, Valerie, Christopher, Brandon and Lauren; a niece, Linda Brown and a nephew, Michael Miklos. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. meeting directly at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield. Interment will be private. Friends may call Friday from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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36 Guestbook Entries for Shirley L. Okerblom

  1. I will forever miss her smiling face at the BOE and library. Rest in peace “Shirley girlie”.

  2. Shirley was my Wednesday night buddy at the Library. She always had a smile and positive word for every person who walked in the door and each staff member at the Library. She will be sorely missed. Her picture above looks just the way she was…happy and thoughtful and caring and engaging and elegant. I will miss her a lot. I am thankful for our time working together. …and we shared a fondness for Chico’s clothes…although NOONE could be as elegant and as well dressed, coiffed (I know her adored daughter did her hair), and perfectly made up as SHIRLEY. She had a reputation, you know… we all marveled at all she did.

  3. Chrissy, Karen and Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked with your Mom at the library. She was one of my closest co-workers and friends. She will be missed by everyone( co-workers and patrons). She did so much for so many people. I’m sorry I will be out of town for the service. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    Virginia Russo

  4. Dear Karen, I am so sorry to here of the passing of your mom she was a great woman and always so friendly and kind to all. She was especially helpful to my oldest daughter Victoria who suffers from bio-polar disorder, she made Vicky’s time working at the library a smooth and enjoyable one. Your mom went out of her way to make Vicky feel comfortable and always assisted her when she needed it. Prayers to you and your family. Love Debbie

  5. Shirley was a treasure at the Board of Ed office. She was always so great for answers and a laugh, and everyone loved that bowl of M&M’s she always kept on her desk! We will miss you, Shirley!!

  6. Heaven has been blessed with a new angel. Hugs to the family- my heart is broken for you. Shirley, I will miss you beyond words…

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with Shirley’s beautiful family at this sad, sad time. Shirley will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  8. The instructional office corner at Central Office will never be the same. Shirley brightened the day with a smile and cheery greeting. The world lost a great one. Sending hugs to the Okerblom family.

  9. I have known Shirley for 18 years working at the Fairfield Public Schools. Shirley will be missed terribly. I will miss seeing her smiling face. We had a lot of laughs in the Instructional office over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. Rest in peace my friend.

  10. My deepest sympathies. Shirley was always the happiest, most helpful friend. Fairfield has lost a treasure….

  11. I will truly miss my co-worker and friend. It was a pleasure working with my “Shirley-girlie”. May you rest in peace.

  12. I am deeply sorry for the loss of Shirley. My life was changed and enriched by my
    friendship with her. She was a beautiful person inside and outside and I will miss her forever. To her family I offer my deepest sympathy.

  13. Karen . . . our sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mother. Shirley was a beloved long-time employee of the Fairfield Public School system and will be sorely missed. She was always so helpful to answer questions and did so in a cheerful & professional manner. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family during this difficult time.
    Rest in Peace Shirley!

  14. Shirley smoothed my path as the FCS liaison everyday with cheerfulness and kindness. She will be missed by all.

  15. I am so sorry for your loss. Shirley was a wonder. Her energy, generosity, kindness, and sense of humor will be greatly missed. The library, and all of us here, will never be the same.

  16. My sincere condolences to the whole family. I worked with Shirley both at Central Office when I started with the FPS and after when I moved on to teaching. Shirley was the heartbeat of the FPS. She will be missed.

  17. I truly believe that I am a better person for knowing Shirley. She was the heart of central office. With her knowledge and grace, I always felt comfortable talking to her about everything and asking her anything. She always wore a warm smile, was always beautifully dressed, and was always professional and friendly. She would always stop what she was doing to assist anyone and everyone because that’s who she was…kind and sweet! I will deeply miss my beautiful friend, “Shirley girl.” My deepest sympathies to her beautiful daughters, son-in laws, and grandchildren. This world is less bright and a lot less sparkly without your mom/grandma in it. Heaven has truly gained an angel!

  18. Shirley was always a bright spot in our work days here at the library. Seeing her smiling face when working nights or weekends always made me smile as well. To say that she will be missed does not begin to describe the holes we all feel in our hearts.

  19. So appreciated her dedication and smiling face at the Fairfield Public Library. “Shirl the girl” always responded with a smile, had a fine sense of humor and never knew a wrinkle in her clothes in her life. Rest In Peace.

  20. Chrissy, Karen and family,
    We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Shirley. We shared many good times over the years at Diane’s with Shirley and her closest friends, Irene, Pat, and Rita.
    Shirley was a beautiful lady who never missed an opportunity to treat others with love and kindness. Her radiant smile that truly reflected her inner beauty will always be remembered by those who knew her.
    Our deepest sympathy as we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. Shirley was my lifeline when we opened the preschool in 2005. She always had the answer, direction and guidance that was needed. Her positive energy, caring manner and expert knowledge led to our success. She will always hold a special place in my heart and will be truly missed.
    My Thoughts and Prayers Are With Her Family,
    Karen Giaquinto

  22. Shirley was an incredible person who loved with all her heart. My deepest sympathies to her family. You were all loved deeply by her. Her generosity, kindness, love, wisdom, guidance, friendship, and encouragement will be missed. Spending every Friday with her for 7 years was an honor. Love you Shirley and missing you deeply.

  23. Chrissy, Karen & Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. May your joyful memories lift your spirits.

  24. Condolences to Shirley’s family. Shirley was the “light” at Central Office and I truly treasured the 15 years I was privileged to work with her. She will be missed by so many. Heaven just gained a beautiful, poised angel. Rest In Peace our Shirley-girly!!!

  25. Chrissy, Karen and family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Those dearest to us never really leave; they live on the way they cared, shared, and made us happy. They are always with us. WHen you heart is empty, filling it with memories can help and make you smile for all those happy times. Bless you all and may you find peace. Love, Mark and Louise

  26. I am deeply shocked and saddened by the news of dear, dear Shirley’s seemingly much too early passing. I was looking forward to many more happy connections with her. We had such special recollections to share! Shirley was an indispensable mainstay for the River-Lab Program from its earliest years, late 1960s and especially the 70s and 80s, when I was trying to provide teachers with material that would help them enjoy learning and teaching our environmental program and preparing their students for their study-trips to Mill River and the estuaries. On many mornings between 7 and 8, Shirley would beautifully and amazingly turn out packets of the material I had labored through the night to produce for teachers at the orientation that morning. She has remained our staunch friend—always there for River-Lab, with a depth of appreciation and enthusiasm for our work that was genuine and always uplifting. I have rarely been so struck by such a deep sense of loss, which will now become a well of gratitude for the ever graciously supportive and highly skilled person she was in so many ways. What a gift to us Shirley O was!!

  27. What a beautiful woman, Mrs. Okerblom was. I am very sorry to read of your loss. With her accomplishments, her love and joys, she was an amazing woman! I won’t pretend to know what you’re going through, but what has helped me deal with the loss of those I love, is turning to the Scriptures, something that has been a real source of comfort. One Scripture that gives me hope is, John 11:25, which says, “Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” I hope that this verse will also comfort you and, I hope you and your family can get through this difficult time. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved mother, grandma and friend. Sincerely, Meryl, –

  28. Karen, Rui, Christine and Jeff and to all your children,
    Your mom was such a delightful woman to work with. She always, always had a smile and was patient and kind. I only realized recently that she was your mom, we had talked about it recently. She was so proud of all of you. I will really miss picking up the phone and speaking to her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time

  29. My sincerest sympathies go out to Shirley’s family. I worked with Shirley for a couple years while at Central Office and she was always a bright ray of sunshine. We were both early risers and her energy and love of life greeted me every day! We exchanged stories of our kids and grandkids and it was obvious she loved her family. I could always count on Shirley for her smile and positive outlook on things. After leaving Central Office and going to Woods, I always knew she was a phone call away. If anyone would know the answer to a puzzle, it was Shirley! Memories of her genuine nature and kindness will remain with me. May she rest in peace.

  30. To Shirley’s family and dear friends – I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure and honor of working with Shirley at the library. Shirley was upbeat, kind, dedicated and always put together. She was one of a kind. I am so grateful to have spent time in her warm and loving presence. To echo other comments from my co-workers, the library will never be the same without her beautiful spirit.

  31. Shirley always made each day happier and brighter for each of us in Central Office. She will be very missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  32. I’ll miss you so much “my flower” thank you so much for letting me worked for you about 6 years… I’ll keep forever the little sweets notes that you always left for me .

  33. To the family and friends of Shirley please accept my deepest condolences. I find the scriptures in God’s word the Bible gives me hope and comfort for the loved ones I have lost in death it will give you hope and comfort in this time of grief and sorrow John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:3,4.

  34. Shirley was a wonderful person – truly one of the nicest people I have worked with.

  35. What a great lady! Shirley was the smiling face and cheerful words I always looked forward to at the CO. I truly loved her and she and her family will be in my prayers.