Shirley Rieks was born December 20, 1936 to Fredrick and Katherine (Marshall) Hepperle in Badger, Iowa. Shirley graduated from Corpus Christi High School in Fort Dodge the class of 1955. She then spent two years at the UNI Teaching College and then later got her BA from Drake University. Lavern and Shirley were united in marriage on July 2, 1962 in Minnesota. She started her teaching in Popejoy and then went on to teach at North East Hamilton. Shirley retired in 1984 from full time teaching but still substituted in Alden. Shirley was a member of the Teachers Association and devoted to the Catholic church.