Mrs. Shirley Ann (Atkinson) Kobialka

  • Born: November 3, 1934
  • Died: May 27, 2019
  • Location: Salem, Massachusetts

The O'Donnell Funeral Home

O'Donnell Funeral Home
84 Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970
Tel. (978) 744-2350

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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SALEM – Mrs. Shirley Ann (Atkinson) Kobialka 84, of Salem, beloved wife of Theodore Kobialka, passed away peacefully Monday, May 27, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family.

Born in Peabody she was the daughter of the late Walter and Daisy (Lefave) Atkinson. She was raised and educated in Peabody and was a graduate of Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, Class of 1953.

Mrs. Kobialka had been employed for many years with the former Bank of New England rising to become Assistant Manager. More recently she had been associated with SLW Systems as a bookkeeper until the time of her retirement in 2015.

A longtime resident of the City of Salem, Shirley was devoted to family, faith and community. She was a dedicated and active communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Salem. She volunteered her time to the church in many capacities and organized multiple church pilgrimages for the Parish to Italy, Ireland, Israel and Poland. She loved her family deeply and was ultimately proud of their accomplishments.

Shirley is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Theodore Kobialka of Salem, her daughters, Ann Tucker and her husband Paul of Salem, Karen Moran and her husband Robert of Salem and Shirley Kapnis and her husband John of Salem, her 8 grandchildren, Daniel Tucker, Meghan Payne and her husband Dylan, Shannon Tucker, Susan Jones and her husband Parker, John Moran and his wife Kathleen, Kristina Moran, Kathleen Moran and John "JT" Kapnis, her four great grandchildren, her brother, Robert Atkinson and his wife Jean of NY and several nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Susan Elizabeth Kobialka and sister of the late William Atkinson, Carol Smith, Daisy McIntyre, and Marilyn Bryant.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem, Friday, May 31st at 9:15 A.M. followed by her funeral Mass in the Mary Queen of the Apostles Parish, Immaculate Conception Church, Hawthorne Blvd., Salem at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Thursday, May 30th from 4 to 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Shirley's memory to the Immaculate Conception Church, 158 Federal St., Salem, MA 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit