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


Condolence & Memory Journal

To Ted and Family, Shirley graced so many people at Immaculate Conception and will always be remembered. My husband and I benefited from her careful planning on pilgrimages to Lourdes and the Holy Land with Father Murphy. I was happy Shirley and Ted were able to join the Holy Land pilgrimage in 2010.

Posted by Nancy Roney - Salem, MA   May 31, 2019

Seems as though she had a happy life and she was a very nice person and she deserved a good life.

Posted by John MacKinnon - GA - neighbor   May 31, 2019

Shirley and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Heaven has gained another angel.

-Erin Horan

Posted by Erin Horan - Hyde Park, MA - Friend   May 31, 2019

Dear Ann & Paul: I am so very sorry to read of the loss of your mother, but so very happy that you got to enjoy a full lifetime of love with her. She sounds like a heck of a gal! You are in my thoughts and prayers as always.

Posted by Anne Sterling Sterling - Salem, MA - Neighbor   May 30, 2019

Deepest sympathies to our favorite neighbor Teddy and family.

Posted by Jen and Amanda McNichols-Lilly - Salem, MA - Neighbor   May 29, 2019


Ted & Family,
All of our thoughts & prayers are with all of you, we are all so sorry for your great loss.
Shirley will be forever in our hearts & memories, I know Bill is welcoming Shirley with open arms and a few jokes.. Joanne Atkinson & Family

Posted by Suzanne Dziadyk - Salem, MA - Family   May 29, 2019

Karen and family. i am so very sorry for your loss. We only have one mother and father and when they leave us our world changes. Cherish your memories with her and hopefully that will bring a smile to you face.

Posted by Laurie Bates - Derry, NH - Classmate   May 29, 2019

sorry for your lost ox tony greaves

Posted by tony greaves - salem, MA - Friend   May 28, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you all, such fond memories growing up...she will be missed, deepest sympathy to all of you.

Posted by Gina Hewitt (Theophiles) - salem, MA - Friend   May 28, 2019

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