Shirley A. Nydegger

Posted: Friday, June 19, 2009

Former Juneau resident Shirley Nydegger died June 14, 2009, in Lake Oswego, Ore., of complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 85.

Born April 21, 1924, to Walt and Edyth Teeters in Columbus, Mont., she graduated from business college and served in the Navy as a WAVE during World War II.

In 1962, she and her husband, Jim, moved to Juneau, where she worked with both federal and state governments. Her last position was as assistant personnel manager for the U.S. Postal Service. They also owned and operated Chilkat Fuel for many years.

Upon moving to Oregon in 1995, she became a beloved member of the community, because she was extraordinarily generous with her time, her money and her laughter. She volunteered with the West Linn High School music program for more than nine years and enjoyed working with teachers, students and parents. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Nydegger.

She is survived by her brother, Delbert Teeters, of Hayden, Idaho; three daughters and their husbands, Helen and Joe Donahue, Sherry and John Burr and Rickee and Bill Arntz; four grandsons; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. July 15 at the Mary's Woods Chapel in Lake Oswego. "She always loved a good party," her family said.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Linn High School Band with the words "Nydegger Scholarship" in the memo line or to any charity of your choice. The address for West Linn High School is 5464 W. A St., West Linn, OR 97068.

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