Shirley Carlson Koester to celebrate 80th birthday with family


Shirley Carlson Koester of Dixon will celebrate her 80th birthday on June 2 with a family gathering at her son Kenny and Janet’s home near Dixon.

Shirley was born June 4, 1938, in Briar Bluff, Ill., to Clarence and Helen (Moore) Carlson.

She and Fred Koester were married in Bethany, Mo., and have three children: Sheri (Kevin) Kelley of Denver, Colo., and Fritz and Kenny, both of Dixon. Grandchildren are Kristen (John) Donohue, Karen and Kevin Kelley Jr., Heather (Randy) Sutherland, Nikole, Kyle, Shelbey, and Tanner Koester. One granddaughter, Kathryn, is deceased. She also has four great-grandsons, one great-granddaughter, and one step-great-granddaughter.

Shirley retired from the City of Dixon in 2000 after serving 18 years as city clerk/treasurer.