Irwin obit


Shirley M. Irwin, 79, of Bedford, went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, May 25, 2020, at UPMC Altoona Hospital.

The beauty of her music and unconditional love will truly be missed.

She was born on April 16, 1941, in King, a daughter of the late Ralph and Anna (Harr) Bowser. On July 29, 1961, in Bedford, she married her soul mate, James Irwin, who survives along with their two sons: Daniel Irwin and wife Diane, of Texas, and Edward Irwin, of Bedford; three grandchildren: Taylor Stellan and husband, Robert; Tyler Irwin; and Mason Irwin; three great-grandchildren: Colten, Sadie and Isaiah Stellan; two sisters: Jean Benton, widow of Dennis, of Schellsburg, and Judy Tullos, widow of James, of LaPort, Texas; three brothers: John Bowser and Betty of Bedford; William Bowser and wife, Sharon, of St. Clairsville; and Joe Bowser and wife, Peggy, of Pleasantville; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. She was preceded in death by three brothers: Charles, Robert and Gary Bowser, and two sisters: Donna McDannel and Connie Logue.

Shirley was a graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School and a member of St. John’s Christian Church, where she played piano and organ, and also occasionally sang. She loved her music and bringing great joy to everyone she met. Shirley regularly visited Donahoe Manor Nursing Home to play the piano and sing for the residents to help bring joy with her music.

Funeral services will be private. However in the future, a memorial service will be held for all family members, friends and loved ones. This date and time will be provided later.

Arrangements by the Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home in Bedford. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions in Shirley’s name to: St. John’s Christian Church, c/o Janice May, 330 Reynoldsdale Road, New Paris, PA 15554. Our online guestbook is available at

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