In Memory of Lori Sheely

Lori Sheely
Lori Sheely
Born: June 2, 1958
Died: July 31, 2018
Age: 60
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Lori Sheely
June 2, 1958 - July 31, 2018
From: Maxwell, IA

Lori Sheely, age 60, of Maxwell, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018, at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, with Pastor Bob Edwards officiating. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the church. 

Born June 2, 1958, in Nevada, Iowa, Lori Lynn Sheely was the daughter of Virgil Emerald and Margaret Elizabeth (Davidsen) Bappe.  She graduated from Nevada High School in 1976, studied nursing at DMACC, then earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Drake University in Des Moines.

On April 18, 1981, Lori married Rodney Sheely at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada.  Two sons, Christopher in 1984 and Jeremy in 1988, were born to the couple.

Lori was a dedicated nurse who worked for several hospitals over the years, including Mary Greeley Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, and Story County Hospital.  In 2003, she accepted employment at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines serving most recently as pre-surgical perioperative educator. 

Lori was known for her caring, nurturing, intelligent, and determined nature.  She had a great smile and sense of humor, loved people, dogs, and working the family’s food concession stand, the “Sheely Shack,” throughout central Iowa.  Lori served on the Maxwell City Council, participated in the Maxwell Mother’s Club, helped with Lincoln Highway Days, and helped organize her high school class reunions.

Survivors include her husband, Rod; two sons, Christopher Sheely and Jeremy (Jess) Sheely, all of Maxwell; one expected grandson; three brothers, Larry (Judy) Bappe of Bella Vista, AR, Dan Bappe of Nevada, and John (Carol) Bappe of Colo; two sisters, Betty (Leonard) Davis, and Shari (Rick) Dobson all of Nevada; a brother-in-law, Glenn Miller of Des Moines; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Jo Riney, Carol Miller, and Violet Davis; her sister-in-law, Karen Bappe; and her faithful Rottweiler companion, “Emmy.”

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Lori and her family.


Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 9:09 AM
“I have wonderful memories of Lori over the years, from when we visited when I was little to her coming to see us for our annual visits back to Iowa. As everyone else, when I picture her in my mind, she is always smiling. She was a wonderful person as are her siblings. Aunt Marge whom I loved dearly, is also in my mind with a smile on her face, even though she did not have an easy life. She instilled that attitude and love in her children, to keep smiling. She was a great nurse and a wonderful, warm and caring human being. My condolences and prayers to all of you.
- Sue Ellyne Holmes
Friday, August 10, 2018 at 10:42 AM
“Dear Sheely and Bappe Families,

A person such as Lori only comes around once in a lifetime.
If anyone was ever meant to become a care giver, it was Lori.
Just think of the lives she touched in her life time. Being
in a room with her made you feel better than when you entered,
not only because of her warm, cheerful and caring ways but her
smile and optimistic views of life and yes; her contagious laugh.
May God go with you in the lonely days ahead and give you strength
and peace. The beautiful memories of her life are ours to keep and
honor and share. She was an Angel to many while she was here on
earth and Heaven is rejoicing with her goodness....
You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your wife, mother,
sister, our cousin and friend. We deeply feel your loss.
Rita and Jack Holmes”
- Rita Bappe-Holmes
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 2:52 PM
“Our hearts go out to Rod, Christopher, Jeremy and other relatives of Lori.
We have worked with Lori and know what a hard
working nurse she was. Always enjoyed her upbeat
personality. Our sympathy and tears. ”
- Ray and Sue Gubuan
Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 10:32 AM
“My prayers are with you in the loss of Lori. I'm praying you'll feel God's tender loving care as your heart finds His path to healing and peace. Thinking of you.
- Valerie Goethals
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 5:57 PM
“So sorry to hear about Lori. So unexpected.
Jane Stevens”
- Jane Stevens
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 5:57 PM
“We are saddened to hear about Lori. Both of us remember working with her at Story Medical and keeping in touch with her later on at Mercy. She had that unmistakable laugh and “high energy”. She was all about her patient and her providers and did whatever she could to provide each with the best experience possible. And of course, everything revolved around Rod and her boys! Although she always found time to get a friendly jab in at her brother Dan.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time.
- Todd and Nancy Willert
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:38 AM
“So sorry for the loss of a great and happy person! We will definitely remember our timessage together especially at the fairs. Great family to be around .Love to Rod,Chris,Jeremy & Jess
- Mike & Lisa Smith
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:38 AM
“Lori was always pleasant and welling to help with problem that I had at work.We will miss her. My prayers to give you strength
She was a really great person. She will be missed.”
- Anita Barnhill
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:38 AM
“Jeremy and family - we are so very sorry for your loss. I did not know your Mom, but what great person she must have been, because you certainly are. My family and the Mill Pond family will be praying for you and yours. ”
- Rod Morris
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:37 AM
“I am so sorry to hear the passing of Lori. Having worked with her on the open heart team at Iowa Lutheran Hospital, I saw a hard-working caring nurse who made it through some very trying times. The nursing Community will miss her. My condolences.

- Kent Croskey
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:37 AM
“Rod and Family, I am so so sorry to hear about Lori. I have wonderful memories of her from Story County, food stand, the kids. She was a fun gal with a great personality. How lucky I was to have known her. My thoughts and prayers to you all.”
- Ellen McCardle Woods
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:37 AM
“Deepest sympathy for all of Lori's family. Lori was a kind and friendly soul. Lifting you all in prayer.
- Stacie Huse Funke
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:36 AM
“Dear Rod, Christopher, Jeremy, and family:
My heart aches for your loss. Lori had a remarkable way of giving part of herself to everyone she ever met. She was kind, funny, intelligent and loving. This world will not be the same without her in it. Each of you carries part of her with you and in this way, she will live on through you. I know her spirit will be with you always until you are reunited in heaven. May God comfort you and grant you peace in the coming days.


Chris Umbertino (childhood friend of Shari's and Lori's)”
- Christine Umbertino
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:36 AM
“I have known Lori since she began working at Mercy many years ago. Lori loved being a nurse and took great pride in her many years in her profession. Operating Room nursing in particular was her passion. She freely shared her wealth of knowledge and experience and enjoyed the role she played in launching many others on their career in surgery. Lori was even prouder of her family, each of whom she loved very much. Lori was one of a kind and will be missed greatly!”
- Chris Bailey
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:36 AM
“Thoughts, sympathy and prayers.”
- Clara Lee Romano
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:36 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Only met her a few times but definitely she was the rock in the family. So much energy. She had a full life. She impressed everyone she met. Rod, you & the boys keep your heads up as she was a fine lady. My prayers are with you.”
- richard schnormeier
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:36 AM
“Dear Rod,Chris andJeremy. We are so shocked and sorry for the loss of Lori,she is a wonderful person and there is no doubt in our hearts that God had His arms opened wide to receive such a wonderful person His daughter who He is so pleased to say welcome home. May God be with all of you. We have lots of happy memories of Lori as our sons were growing up. She had such a warm welcoming accepting presence with a laughter that brought everyone joy. We will miss her and we know that she truly loved her family. Her spirit will live on through all of you. Dan and Cathy”
- Dan and Cathy Bagley
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:21 PM
“Lori was such a nice person and friend to many. She will be missed. Prayers for her family and friends. ”
- Cindy Brandl
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:20 PM
“Rich and I are so sorry. We have your family in our prayers. If you need anything please call and let us know. Love you all”
- Kristy and Richard Morris
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:20 PM
“I’m so sorry to hear this Rod, the Dallas county fair and the racing won’t ne the same without her”
- TonyaThoren
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:20 PM
“So sorry Rod to hear about your wife Lori. I will be thinking about you and your family during this difficult time.”
- Gail C Woodward
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:20 PM
“So sorry for your loss. I worked with Lori at Story Co. Hospital years ago. She was such a nice and fun person to work with. My thoughts are with all of the family at this time of sorrow.
Sincerely. Paula Luther”
- Paula Luther
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:19 PM
“Our thoughts, prayers and many hugs go the Loris Family. Words cannot express our sorrow at the loss of this beautiful soul. She could light up a room just by walking in the door. She was a wonderful friend, and we all feel so very blessed to have had her in our lives. Gone way to soon my precious friend. Much Love, Pat , Fitz and Family”
- Jerold and Pat Fitzgerald Family
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:19 PM
“I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person, prayer are being put out and up in her loving memory.”
- Bonnie Raines
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:19 PM
“I know Jeremy from work @ Mill Pond. I just want to say how sorry I am to hear this about your Mom. You are in my thoughts. ”
- Jamie Carroll
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:18 PM
“I am so sorry I won't be able to attend Lori's service on Friday as I will be out of state. I worked with Lori at Story Medical and loved working with her. I could always count on a smile and I will never forget her infectious laugh. My heart goes out to her immediate and extended family. She will be greatly missed.”
- Julie Schreitmueller
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:18 PM
“My condolences to Lori's family”
- Robin (Aldrich) Blue
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:18 PM
“Uncle Rodney,
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and the boys. Sending you love.
Your Niece,
Sally Sheely - Roslund”
- Sally Roslund
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:18 PM
“My heart is very heavy tonight, I can’t believe she’s gone, I adored Lori, my thoughts and prayers are with the whole family, I will miss her so much, fly high now angel💜”
- Kim Bainter
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:17 PM
“We had just seen Lori in the grocery store Sunday morning. We laughed and talked about retiring soon and seeing her down at Old Settlers the next weekend. We are so shocked to think she is gone. No words will ease your pain, but please know we will be praying for all of you.”
- Jody and Candis Gardner
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 3:34 PM
“I am so sorry to hear this. Lori was my classmate. She was such a sweet person. Her personality was so uplifting. Could always make one laugh and brighten your day. I will never forget her great smile and I'm hearing her laugh while I'm writing this. She was such a fun person to b around. I'm so sorry for her family. I am saying prayers for u all. She will b missed by so many!!!!”
- Terry Seibert
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4:00 p.m.
Friday, August 3, 2018
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, IA


Pastor Bob Edwards


2-4 p.m.
Friday, August 3, 2018
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, IA


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