Sheila Joyce Herke

Born: Thu., Aug. 14, 1941
Died: Sun., Apr. 26, 2020


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 14, 2020
Location: Woodland Hills Funeral Home

Prayer Service

2:30 PM Fri., Aug. 14, 2020
Location: Woodland Hills Funeral Home

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Former Administrative Assistant and Wedding Consultant, Sheila Joyce Herke of Mankato, age 78, died Sunday April 26th, at Cottagewood in Mankato.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Sheila’s birthday, Friday, August 14, 2020 from 2-5pm at Woodland Hills Funeral Home with a prayer service at 2:30pm.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A TIME CHANGE FROM THE ORGINAL PLANS.  .  Please share a memory or story of Sheila at  

Sheila was born August 14, 1941, to Joy S. and Florence E. (Watson) Jacobson at her grandparent’s home near Graettinger, Iowa.  She was baptized and confirmed in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Depew, Iowa.  She graduated in 1959 from Cylinder (Iowa) High School and from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1981.  

She met her husband, Larry W. Herke at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and they were married in Depew, Iowa on April 20, 1962 (the 52nd anniversary of her paternal grandparents and 27th anniversary of her godparents/Aunt and Uncle).  They lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa Falls and Dubuque, Iowa before moving to Mankato in 1967.  She was a telephone operator, bookkeeper, and secretary in Iowa.  At the YWCA in Mankato, she was Interim Executive Director, Assistant Director and Craft Instructor for 13 years.  At Minnesota State University, she was the Credentials/Recruiting Coordinator in the Career Development Center for 16 years, retiring in 2001.  Fulfilling her dreams, she started her own business, “Satin and Pearls by Sheila” that she and Larry operated for 10 years.  She was a consultant and decorator who created, many personally designed, as well as crafted and rented decoration and centerpieces for weddings, anniversaries and special events.  Sheila enjoyed her business, doing crafts and needlework, roller skating, doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles, reading, playing bridge, shopping, collecting porcelain dolls, and spending time with friends and especially her family.  Sheila and Larry enjoyed traveling to different places but Phoenix, Arizona was a favorite place to winter.  She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church for 53 years and taught Sunday School, was in Circle, and served on several committees including secretary of the Board of Directors of the Church.    

Sheila was proud of her international CPS (Certified Professional Secretary) rating achieved in 1987 and especially of her Associates of Science degree in 1980 and Bachelor of Science degree in 1981 from Minnesota State University in Clothing and Merchandising, Accounting and Business Administration.  She was blessed with a wonderful family and many good friends.

Sheila is survived by her beloved husband, Larry W. Herke; one son, one daughter, four grandchildren and one great grandson and their families;  Colonel Larry Joel and Debbie Herke of Sauk Centre, MN, Jonathan and Meagan Herke of Minneapolis, MN, Joseph Herke and Laura Karles of Mankato, MN, Justin and Anna Herke of Sauk Centre, MN, and April Barton, Raquelle and son Cade William Schommer of Scottsdale, AZ.  Also surviving are two brothers and their wives;  J. Ron and Roberta Jacobson of Rodman, IA and Bob and Cecelia Jacobson of Elgin, IL.; nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; honorary daughter and family;  Shelly and Rick Rigdon, Keirsten and Bethany of Mankato, MN; Godchildren, Ron Chase, Ronna Jacobson Friedrich, Tacy Masters, and Art Sathoff.  In-laws that survive her include;  Mary Lane Cunningham of Pontiac, IL, George Tonderum of Emmetsburg, IA.  

She was preceded in death by her great granddaughter June Ellyn, parents, Joy and Florence Jacobson; her father-in-law and mother-in-law; Ed and Ina Herke; and her grandparents: Sam and Gertrude Watson; and Joseph and Sophia Jacobson.  

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Ron Vetter
   Posted Tue April 28, 2020
Larry, Larry and April,

You have my condolences as you experience the loss of your beloved Sheila. We always enjoyed coming to your home as kids. It was always welcoming and entertaining! You certainly have a lot of great memories and times to carry you forward. All my best to you as you experience this difficult time.
Ron Vetter

   Posted Tue April 28, 2020
Dear Larry, Larry, April and extended families.
Lifting you up in love and prayer. We are very sorry for your heartache. May cherished memories of your precious wife and mother sustain you. Praying for comfort and peace. Sheila has changed her address to Paradise. Her sweet light will live in the hearts of all who love her.

Sheila Mitchell
   Posted Tue April 28, 2020
April, and family,

I am shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Sheila.
She was always such a wonderful example of a partner to your Dad, loving mom to you, best grandma ever to Raquelle and lucky Great grandmother to Cade.

Heaven has gained a first class angel. Her memories will live on though her loving family and friends.

May God hold you all tightly at this difficult time.


Sheila Mitchell

Kaaren Grabianowski
   Posted Tue April 28, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about Sheila’s passing. I was the person that purchased all of her wedding decorating inventory! I had that business for 6 years before I sold it.

Cherish your memories and my deepest condolences.


Bill and Marcie Frevert
   Posted Wed April 29, 2020
Larry and Family:
We are so sorry to read of Sheila's passing. The last time we saw you folks was probably at the Cylinder Reunion several years ago. Time passes much too quickly, but was always so good to say Hello to both of you as the Herke and Jacobsen families were favorites for so many years.
We hope your many years of good memories now become beautiful treasures. You have our sincere sympathy, Bill and Marcie

Greg Peterson, President MACVSO
   Posted Wed April 29, 2020
Commissioner Larry Herke and family.
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your mother Sheila. When I see her birth year of 1941, that's the same as my mother-in-law and it's just too young to be leaving all of you behind. My wife has the same Clothing and Merchandising degree and I am certain that your mother loved fabrics and working in this field. She lived a very active life and had no regrets. By her own accomplishments I understand where you received your internal "drive" and moral compass.

I know that these words bring little comfort to you and your family at this time. You can be assured that your mothers faith through the Methodist church was strong as ever and she now rests peacefully with her Lord, and will someday be reunited with your father.

Marie loverink
   Posted Wed April 29, 2020
Dear Larry and family. I was very sad to hear of the passing of Sheila. She was a very special person and we had alot of good times in the career development center at MSU. I will never forget all the special events she would help plan. Always something good happening with Sheila! She will be missed.

Ken and Mary Huntley
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
Dear Larry and Family:
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of sharing your good-byes to Sheila's earthly life. May your faith, wonderful memories, and the support of family and friends give you strength today and the days ahead as you prepare for a new pathway in the journey of life.
In Sympathy and friendship,
Ken and Mary Huntley

Kay Koepplin
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
Dear Larry, Larry Joel, April, and Family,
I am deeply sadden to hear of Sheila's passing. Ivy spoke of you all very often, which is actually quite an understatement. She so appreciated her wonderful neighbors who were more than friends than just neighbors to her. Chuc & I always appreciated you both being so close to Ivy, both emotionally & physically, and taking such good care of her. You know she appreciated it too.
I understand the emptiness you feel inside right now and I'm not going to tell you it wains in time, but somehow it does become more tolerable. Until the day we see them again, take good care of each other.
Kay Koepplin

Anita J. Dittrich
   Posted Fri May 08, 2020
Larry and Family,

My deepest sympathy in your loss of Sheila recently. She was such an enjoyable person to know and associate with, always so smiling and caring. . . .

Sheryl Peterson
   Posted Tue August 11, 2020
My sympathies on the death of Sheila. It was a pleasure to work with her.

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