Shirley (Uhrich) Sundberg

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Shirley Uhrich Sundberg was born Nov. 17, 1928, in Windsor, Colo., to John and Elizabeth (Weitzel) Uhrich. In 1932, the family moved to a farm north of Johnstown, where Shirley grew up as a busy farm girl, an enthusiastic 4-H club member and an honor student. In 1946, she graduated as valedictorian of her class from Johnstown High School, was awarded a trip to the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago, and began college at the University of Colorado. She received her bachelor's degree from CU in 1950 and taught junior high social studies at Lincoln Junior High School in Fort Collins.
Shirley Uhrich and Delbert Sundberg were married June 10, 1951, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loveland and moved immediately to Los Alamos, where they lived for 42 years. Shirley worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory until their daughter Ann was born and returned to work at the lab when Ann was in high school. She ended her career at the lab in 1993 as the financial officer for the Weapons Engineering Division X. She received the lab's Distinguished Performance Award in 1986.
Shirley was active in the community as a Girl Scout troop leader, on the Los Alamos United Way Board, in AAUW, and in the establishment of Casa Mesita, a group home for young women.
Shirley and Del were members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos, where she taught Sunday School, served on numerous committees and was vice president of the congregation. She was an active member of Lutheran Church Women and Church Women United in the Los Alamos community.
She served as president of Rocky Mountain Lutheran Church Women, president of New Mexico Church Women United, a member of the Rocky Mountain Synod Board of the LCA, and in 1984 was honored by election to the Executive Council of The Lutheran Church in America. In 1987, when the LCA, the American Lutheran Church, and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches voted to merge into one body to be known as the ELCA, Shirley was part of the committee that met by telephone to complete agreements that would become part of the constitution of the new church. In 1990, Shirley was privileged to be a delegate to the Lutheran World Federation convention in Curitiba, Brazil.
In 1992, Shirley retired from LANL and she and Del moved back to Loveland. They rejoined Trinity Lutheran Church and Shirley participated in community activities, as a volunteer in the schools and at the library. She was a member of the Thompson Valley School District Long Range Planning Committee in 1996. She volunteered to prepare tax returns for low income seniors through the VITA program in Loveland and Berthoud.
The Sundbergs enjoyed traveling and their journeys included a cruise on the Danube River, trips to Sweden to visit relatives, the "Martin Luther" tour of Germany, a cruise to Alaska and many trips around the United States. Shirley also enjoyed doing genealogy research on all the branches of her and Del's family.
Shirley is survived by her daughter Ann Sundberg and her husband John Parton; her sister Mable Mayberry; one niece Carol Mayberry Sanchez (Dan); a great-niece Lisa Haugen (Eric); a great-nephew Greg Luck; and several cousins.
A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Aug. 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Loveland Public Library Foundation or Trinity Lutheran Church.
Published in Los Alamos Monitor on Aug. 30, 2013