Shirley L. (Chapman) Akerblom, 91, of Bourne died in her sleep at her family’s home on January 30.

She was married to the Reverend Sidney P. Akerblom for 59 years. He died in 2008.

Ms. Akerblom taught elementary school at Community Christian Academy in Brockton.

After moving to Bourne in 1999, she became active in the ministry at Falmouth Baptist Church, where her husband served as the pastor of visitation from 2000 until his death. Ms. Akerblom was also involved with Stonecraft Christian Ministries bible study.

Her love of traveling had inspired visits to US National Parks, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and other destinations, along with cruises to the Caribbean.

She leaves her son and daughter-in-law, Sidney P. Akerblom Jr. and Laura Akerblom of Pocasset; a grandson, Aaron Akerblom of Brooklyn, New York; two brothers; and other family.

A funeral service will be Thursday, February 4, at 11:45 AM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.

Burial will follow at 12:45 PM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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