Brenda C. Shank

Aug. 30, 1946 — July 7, 2018

Brenda C. Shank, 71, of Casa Grande, Arizona, (formerly of Star City, Winamac and Rochester) died July 7, at her home in Casa Grande. 

Mrs. Shank was born on Aug. 30, 1946, in Winamac, and was the daughter of Neal and Bonnie Hiatt. She was raised in Star City. In her youth, she was a championship baton twirler winning many awards, marching in parades and teaching younger girls. She was very active in 4-H and was 4-H queen in 1964. 

On June 21, 1969, she married Nicholas R. Shank in Winamac and for 49 years they lived in Winamac, Rochester and Casa Grande. She was co-owner of Shank’s Ladies Store for 20 years, provided child daycare in her home for 10 years, and was director of religious education at St. Peter’s Catholic Church while in Winamac. Upon moving to Rochester, Brenda sold advertising for the Rochester Sentinel and was director of religious education for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. 

In 2008, she retired with her husband to Casa Grande and was a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Daughters of St. Anthony Court 2651 in Casa Grande. She founded Brenda’s Backpacks to distribute items through St. Vincent De Paul to the homeless, which will be continued by the local Catholic Daughters. Brenda’s Backpacks also has a branch in the Toledo, Ohio area, started by her daughter Cindy.

Survivors include her husband Nicholas R. Shank; daughters: Paige Shank and Cindy Clark; sons: Nicholas R. Shank Jr., and Samuel Shank; brother Herb Hiatt; and 10 grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her daughter Heather Shank; her parents Neal and Bonnie Hiatt; brother Dale Hiatt; and her first husband Randall J. Nightingale (lost in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War). 

Brenda was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Casa Grande where a Rosary was recited and a funeral mass celebrated by the Rev. Ariel Lustan on July 16. 

A celebration of Brenda’s life will be held at noon Saturday, July 28, at the Winamac Church of the Heartland followed by some Pizza King pizza. Private burial will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Catholic Daughters Court 2651 (1110 N. Henness Rd. No. 1272, Casa Grande, AZ 85122).

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

(Pulaski County Journal — July 18, 2018) 

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