Irma Gieseler, 92, died at Cambridge Health Care Center April 24, 2001.
Irma was born in Pittsburgh, PA, October 28, 1908, to Susana and August Buzzie. She grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Cleveland, OH, to train in nursing. She was hired as a nurse/nanny and moved to Chicago, IL. It was there she married Frank Schuh. To this union one son, Frank, and one daughter, Janet, were born. After working a number of years in Chicago, Irma married George Gieseler and to this union one daughter, Georgian, was born. She and George retired in Napa, CA and after George died in 1992, she moved to Brookfield, WI, where she lived for eight years. She then moved to North Branch, to live with her daughter Janet after an illness. Irma enjoyed the outdoors and loved to take care of her roses. She enjoyed life.
She was preceded in death by her husband George Gieseler, sisters Mary and Elisabeth, brothers Joseph and Bill and granddaughter Gloria Weber.
Irma is survived by her children, Frank and (Dorothy) Schuh of Paso Robles, CA; Janet (Gordon) Palmquist of North Branch, and Georgian Sturm of Waukesha, WI; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, sisters Ethel Sodolowski and Julia Smith both of Pittsburgh, PA.
Services were held April 27 from Chapel Hill Gardens South in Oak Lawn, IL. Burial was in Chapel Hills Garden South Cemetery. Arrangements with Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Beatrice Ann Smid, 78, of Isanti, died April 28, 2001 at Cambridge Medical Center.
Services were held May 1 at Elim Baptist Church with Dr. Roger Anderson officiating. Joel Johnson was soloist with Karen Johnson as pianist, and Johanna Tiller on classical guitar. Pallbearers were Joel Johnson, Tom Kosel, Rodney Sather, and Edward Tiller. Burial was in Isanti Union Cemetery.
She was born December 9, 1922 at Wabasso, MN to Norton and Myrtle Washburn and raised in the Redwood Falls area. She later moved to Hopkins where she raised her children. Beatrice enjoyed volunteer work and was very involved with her daughters in Girl Scouts and a recipient of WCCO Radio’s Good Neighbor Award. In 1973 Beatrice moved to Isanti where she has since lived. She began attending Elim Baptist Church and in 1979 was baptized, becoming a member. Beatrice worked with children at Elim as a teachers aide in the Tot Time program and became known by the kids as Grandma Bea.” She always had a warm heart for children and caring for those in need, including several foster children. In the 1970s, Bea owned a clothing consignment shop, The Bea Hive, in Isanti. She also spent time enjoying nature, bird watching, going on walks, caring for her dogs, and visiting a family cabin. Bea especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and frequently made them special care packages.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Irene Matlock.
Beatrice will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Cynthia (Edward) Tiller of Isanti, Kathy (Tom) Kosel of Mounds View, Leslie (Tony) Rowan of Vermillion; by her sister, Verniel (Francis) Hirmer of Richfield; by grandchildren Danika, Rebecca, Johanna, Maria, Nicole, William, and Ethan.
Arrangements were with Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel.
Ellen Mae Lindgren, 87, of Cambridge, died April 23, 2001 at Cambridge Medical Center.
Services were held April 26 from Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home with Rev. Toni Nelson officiating. Rev. Steve Newton, accompanied by Elaine Johnson, provided the music. Burial was in Cambridge Union Cemeter with Richard Lindgren, Dennis Seline, Matthew Huver, Jason Wagner, David Lundin, and Tom Carlson as pallbearers.
She was born May 17, 1913 in Stanchfield to Joseph and Johannah (Beckman) Sundeen. She grew up in the Isanti County area where she attended country schools. On December 26, 1935 she married Arthur Lindgren and to this union four children were born. In 1945 the family moved to Spring Lake where Art operated a garage. They lived there most of their lives, moving a few times but eventually returning back. Art died December 26, 1980. Ellen continued to live in Spring Lake until fall 2000 when she moved to Cambridge Health Care Center. Ellen enjoyed painting, sewing, gardening, her flowers, animals and children. She loved traveling and made many trips throughout the U.S. and Canada.
She was preceded in death by her husband Art, sister Edna Lindquist, and brother Melville Sundeen.
Ellen is survived by children, Mary Anne (Stewart) Nutter of Fairbanks, Alaska; Andrew Lindgren of North Branch; Nancy (Dennis) Seline of Stanchfield; and Richard Lindgren of North Branch; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Gladys Carlson of Isanti.
Marlo Christian Fjeld, 78, died May 1, 2001, in Minneapolis at Abbott Northwestern Hospital of complications prior to heart surgery.
He is survived by his wife, Marvine, of Cambridge; son, Neil, of New Brighton, MN; daughters, Carol (Mike) Van Wagner, Stanwood, WA and Vernell (Rob) Soderstrom, Lakeland, FL; grandchildren, Sherri (Jerry) Simonson, Snohomish, WA; Kristin (Luis) Hernandez, Lakeland, FL; Shayne Soderstrom and Erik Soderstrom, both of Lakeland, FL. Marlo also had one great-grandson, Christian Simonson of Snohomish, WA. He is also survived by his brother, Donald (Marcella) Fjeld, Floodwood, MN; sister-in-law, Nettie Waller, Dora Lake, MN.
Marlo was born to Christian and Mary Fjeld February 7, 1923, in Horse Creek Township, McKenzie County near Williston, ND. During the depression, the family moved to Grand Rapids, MN. He graduated from Grand Rapids High School and worked in the shipyard in Duluth before entering the Navy during World War II. Marlo served in the SeaBees 8th Construction Battalion in the Pacific theater including Iwo Jima from 1942-1946. He married Marvine Waller in Dora Lake, MN, January 11, 1946. They owned and operated a dairy farm near Duluth. Marlo worked as a welder and pipefitter for Local 11 of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union in Duluth for 30 years.
After “retiring,” Marlo served the police department in Cambridge as park security and school crossing guard. He was a member of Isanti VFW and had worked for Wal-Mart, Cambridge Fairgrounds as groundskeeper, and Cambridge Health Care Center in maintenance. In his “free time,” he enjoyed fishing, remodeling, and artistic iron work of which includes a huge medallion on the St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. Marlo served as deacon for approximately 30 years for the Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Duluth of which he and Marvine were charter members. He and his wife attended the First Assembly of God in Cambridge.
He was preceded in death by his parents Christian and Mary Fjeld; an infant brother, Neil; and brother-in-law, Garth Waller.
Services were held May 5 at First Assembly of God in Cambridge. Private family interment was at Ft. Snelling.
Warren Forrest Thunstrom, 72, Isanti, formerly of Cambridge, died suddenly and unexpectedly May 3, 2001.
Mass of Christian Burial was held May 8 from Christ the King Catholic Church with Father James Hahn officiating. Warren’s seven children acted as pallbearers. Interment was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Warren was born September 5, 1929 in Cambridge, son of Forrest and Laverne Thunstrom. Following graduation from Cambridge High School, he attended Hamline University in St. Paul. On November 1, 1952, he married Julia Jowiski of St. Paul and to this union eight children were born. They resided in Cambridge for 43 years. Warren worked for Honeywell in Hopkins during that time until his retirement. Warren and Julia also worked together for many years delivering the Star Tribune to their friends and neighbors. Julia passed away January 1995 and shortly thereafter, Warren moved to Isanti to be closer to his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed football, baseball, bowling, golf, reading, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards, going to the casino, traveling, his grandchildren and many friends. Warren recently had the opportunity to do a family tree of his Swedish heritage and then travel to Sweden to visit one of his ancestors. He was an active member of the Cambridge American Legion Post 290, including Casino Night at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud, calling Bingo at the Isanti County Fair, and many other activities including being promoted to commander for the year 1987.
He was preceded in death by baby Thunstrom; sister, Marjorie, father, Forrest, brother, Robert, wife, Julia, and mother, Laverne.
He is survived by children: Warren C. (Ruth) of Isanti, Brett (Linda) of Coon Rapids, Tom (Kathy) of Isanti, Marsha Palmer of Shakopee, Marie Thunstrom of Isanti, Angela Philipczyk of Isanti, Wade (Jody) of Isanti; sister, Marion Yerigan of Cambridge; and 17 grandchildren.
Arrangements were with the Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Warren, along with his stories and humor, will be greatly missed.
Madelyn Rita Peterson, 81, died May 4, 2001 at her home in Cambridge.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 9, from Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home, with Rev. Erling Tungseth officiating. Special music will be provided by Eunice Hupfer with Claudia Hardy as organist. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Madelyn was born March 17, 1920 in Howard Lake, MN, the fourth of four daughters, to Andrew and Anna Schlagel. She was an avid garage saler and couldn’t resist a good buy. She loved gardening and working around the yard. Many winters were spent traveling with her husband, Norm, to Florida and Texas, where she loved walking the beaches and picking the shells and shark’s teeth. Madelyn enjoyed fishing and always wanted to stay out a little bit longer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Anna, sisters, Stella and Rosalind, son Rudolph, and husband, Norman.
She is survived by son, Norman (Donna) Peterson of Braham; daughter, MaryAnn (Jim) Gleason of Key Largo, FL; step-children: Nancy (Jan) Swanson of Isanti, James (Sue) Peterson of New Hope, Tom Peterson of Maple Grove, Diane (Rich) Franson of Apple Valley, Sandra Peterson of Minneapolis; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Eleanor Stavlo of Minneapolis.
She was loved dearly and will be dearly missed.
Norma Anna Newstrom Larson
Norma Anna Newstrom Larson was led to glory by her loving Savior and lifetime guide on Saturday morning, April 28, 2001.
She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 16, 1913, the second child of Helen Grace and Charles Arvid Newstrom. She spent her early years in Chicago with her mother and older brother, Lester, after her father passed away when she was only two. As a girl, Norma attended Englewood Baptist Church in Chicago and at the age of 11, after special meetings at her church, she knelt by her bed with her Aunt Hazel by her side and invited Jesus into her life. The following Sunday, she went forward in church to publicly confess her salvation and was baptized on Easter Sunday, in April 1925. Shortly after her graduation from high school in 1932, Norma had a ruptured appendix. Since this was before the days of antibiotics, her mother was told that there was no hope. She lived through the night, however, with many friends praying for her and after a long recovery period, she eventually was well enough to leave the hospital. Her doctor, who was not a Christian, said it was her praying friends that pulled her through. She said it was Jesus.
Norma left Chicago to attend Bethel Missionary Training School in St. Paul in September 1934, two months after her mother passed away. She learned more about trusting her Heavenly Father as she faced the future on her own. At Bethel, she met Esther Larson, who had an older brother, Ernest, who Norma met on visits to Esther’s home by Cambridge.
Ernie and Norma were married September 3, 1937, where they became members of Elim Baptist Church in northeast Minneapolis. There, Norma taught Sunday School, served as president of the Women’s Society, and sang in the choir. They helped to form a homebuilder’s group there for young couples and Norma worked with the Home Department, visiting families with new babies. Glenn, Grace, and Joyce were born to them during these years.
In 1952, they moved to the old Larson farmstead in rural Cambridge and were soon faithful and busy members of Elim Baptist Church in Isanti. Norma again taught Sunday School and later served as Sunday School Superintendent, Women’s Missionary Society President, Girls’ Missionary Guild leader and choir member, as well as serving in many other areas of ministry. For many years, Ernie and Norma picked up neighbor kids and brought them along to Sunday School.
In 1962, Norma was honored to be chosen as Minnesota Mother of the Year. She and Ernie traveled to New York City for a never-to-be-forgotten trip to the annual meeting of the American Mothers, Inc., in May of that year. She felt she was only serving as a representative of all mothers in the state of Minnesota. When Grace started college, Norma looked for work to help pay college bills. She enjoyed working with numbers and got a job at the auditor’s office in Cambridge during tax time. She had prayed for money for Grace’s tuition and when she calculated her earnings, they came almost to the penny to what college expenses had been.
She later worked at Memorial Hospital in Cambridge where she trained and tested for Memorial Hospital Practical Nurse and passed with flying colors. When Grandview Christian Home opened in 1964, she and Ernie worked the night shift together for a few years. Norma continued on as a nurse’s aide after Ernie retired.
In 1972, Norma’s dream of teaching children came true. With the encouragement of Pastor Corky Haan, and after a short springtime trial period, Elim Tot Time opened. Between Ernie’s handyman skills and Norma’s supply cupboard, her attic, equipment needs were met. Elim supplied the room. She continued teaching for 10 years and loved every minute of it.They moved from the Bradford farm to Park View Apartments in Isanti in 1988 after an auction that emptied Ernie’s garage and Norma’s attic. During these retirement years they delivered Meals on Wheels, served as peer counselors in Isanti County, sang in the Over-Sixty Choir in Cambridge, were charter members of Live Embers seniors group at Elim, and were regular Elim attendees. Norma believed in the power of prayer and after Ernie died and she wasn’t able to be as active at church, she began a prayer ministry at home, rising early in the morning to pray daily for family and friends, both near and far, and for her church, community, country, and world. When Ernie and then his sister, Esther, were Grandview residents, Norma spent many hours visiting them and others at Grandview. And when Norma had a stroke in January 2000, she also became a Grandview resident for five months. Last June, after attending granddaughter, Andrea’s wedding in Oregon, she “graduated” to Grandview’s new assisted living at River Hills, which she enjoyed for her last 10 months.
Norma died at Grandview Home April 28, 2001, after a stroke and a short hospital stay. Rejoicing in her promotion to Heaven and reunion with Dad, who left us in 1994, but mourning our loss are her children: Glenn (Marietta) Larson of Isanti, Grade (Lloyd) Swanson of Corvallis, OR, Joyce Killmer of Park Rapids, MN; grandchildren, Bruce and Renee Larson of Woodbury, MN, Barbara Love of Shelton, WA, Steven Larson of Edwards, CO, Craig and Jennifer Killmer of Park Rapids, MN, Andrea and Brad Seavers of Corvallis, OR, Jeffrey Killmer of Grand Rapids, MN, Alan Swanson of Bozeman, MT, Susan Killmer of White Bear Lake, MN, and great-grandson, Caden Larson.
She was preceded in death by her brother Lester Newstrom.
Services were held May 2 at Elim Baptist with Dr. Roger Anderson officiating, Glen and Gary Johnson as vocalists and Marlene Hartzell as pianist. Pallbearers were Craig, Jeff and Susie Killmer, Bruce and Steve Larson and Barb Love. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Myrtle Isabel Anderson was born September 28, 1900, in Princeton, MN to C. Edward and Mary (Steeves) Julien. The family moved to Rush City where Myrtle attended school before moving to Elm Park.
On May 1, 1920, Myrtle married Arthur R. Anderson and they lived on the Anderson farm in Maple Ridge, where their two children, Doris and Leo were born. Myrtle was a homemaker and worked side by side with her husband Arthur until he passed away in 1952. At that time, she moved to Braham and made her home with her children. She entered Grandview Christian Home in September 1999, where she lived until her death April 28, 2001, at age 100.
She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur, her brothers and grandson Lonnie Olson.
She is survived by her son Leo (Eleanor) Anderson of Braham; daughter Doris (Warren) Olson of Braham; grandchildren, Linden (Madge) Olson; Patricia (James) Magnuson; Pamela (Steve) Eklund; and great grandchildren, Jennifer Bauers, Nathan and Elizabeth Sund, Jeff, Tim, and Joanna Eklund.
A memorial service was held May 11 at Braham Ev. Lutheran Church. The Rev. Richard Chronis and Rev. Steve Jennisch officiated. Music was provided by Jodi Yotter as organist and Rev. Richard Chronis and Rev. Steve Jennisch. Honorary pallbearers were Jennifer Bauers, Nathan and Elizabeth Sund, Jeffrey, Timothy and Joanna Eklund. A private family interment was held at the North Maple Ridge Cemetery.
Arrangements by Rock Mankie Burial and Cremation Services of Braham.
Brenda Jean Sonnabend, 37, of Cambridge, went to be with the Lord May 7, 2001.
Services were held May 11 from Joy Lutheran Church with Rev. David Franzmeier officiating. Briana Franzmeier sang “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Curt Haugen sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Organist was Nancy Peabody. Burial was in Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery with Eugene Jenkins, Leo Abott, Greg Thompson, Jim Reker, Deion Cheney and Allen Mork as pallbearers.
She was born in Mankato, MN. December 7, 1963 to Laurel and Glenda (Cheney) Sonnabend. She graduated from Cambridge High School in 1982 and in 1984 married Aaron Blatz. To this union a daughter, Andrea Jo Blatz, was born on March 15, 1985. Brenda was a loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend who was always willing to help. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her daughter, nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Glenda Sonnabend and grandparents, Glen and Evelyn Cheney and August Sonnabend.
She is survived by her daughter, Andrea Blatz of Isanti; father, Laurel Sonnabend and Jan of Cambridge; sister, Kay (Tim) Daniels of Isanti; niece, Ashley Daniels and nephews, Rich and Tim Daniels and by her grandmother, Vera Sonnabend of Good Thunder.
She will be sadly missed by those that loved her and were lucky to have known her.
Arrangements were with Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Alberta Lydia Rademacher, 81, of Cambridge, formerly of Brainerd and Amboy, died May 3, 2001 at Fairview Northland Regional Hospital in Princeton.
Services were held May 8 from Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge with Chaplain Paul Reynolds officiating. Organist was Nancy Peabody. Pallbearers were Jason, David, Jerimy, Seth, Lizbeth, Bobby, Danny, and Jim Rademacher, Debbie Lemieux, and Jane Hendrickson. Burial was in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Truman, MN.
She was born October 9, 1919 in Amboy, MN to Albert and Lydia (Cook) Wohlrabe.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold J. Rademacher, son James A. Rademacher.
She is survived by sons, John (Ingrid) Rademacher of San Pedro, CA, Jeff (Kay) Rademacher of Cambridge, Jerome (Kris) Rademacher of San Marcos, TX; 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, sister, Darlamae (Herman) Grefe of Fairmont.
Arrangements are with the Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Funeral services were held May 01, 2001 for Esther C. Bell, 92 of Braham, at Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Richard Chronis officiating. Music was provided by organist Jodi Yotter and Rev. Richard Chronis as soloist. Pallbearers were Donald and Wallace Erdmann, Larry Davis, Lonnie Anderson and Harold Schenck. Burial was in Rice Lake Lutheran Cemetery near Braham.
She was born September 11, 1908 to Charles and Amanda (Krause) Erdmann at Friberg, MN, close to Fergus Falls. She was baptized and confirmed at Evangelical Reformed Church in Barnesville and attended country school by Barnesville. Esther married Harry Bell October 23, 1948. They moved to Braham where they bought a farm. They worked together milking cows and farming the land. She did the milking by herself for a number of years when Harry was sick and disabled. Harry died October 21, 1985. Esther lived on the farm for about two years before selling it and buying a small house in Braham. Esther had no children of her own, but would help care for her nieces and nephews, giving them special attention. Esther loved spending time caring for her flowers and was often found in the garden.
She was preceded in death by her husband Harry, sisters Regina and Lillian, brothers Werner, Edward, Gustavus, Arnold, Elmer and infant twin brothers.
Esther is survived by her sister Anna Carlow of California.
Arrangements by Rock Mankie Burial and Cremation Service of Braham.
Grace Carol Erickson, 86, of Cambridge, died April 30, 2001 at Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge.
Services were held May 4 from Salem Lutheran Church in Dalbo with Rev. Bill Pearson officiating. Special music was provided by the grandchildren. Organist was Roberta Erickson. Pallbearers were David Erickson, Joel Johnson, Paul Johnson, Karl Johnson, Levi Reynolds and Danny Johnson. Burial was in the church cemetery.
She was born in Isanti County December 8, 1914 to Frost Erik and Marit Erickson, the youngest of 14 children. She graduated from Anoka High School in 1932 winning awards with her typing skills. Grace married Linden R. Erickson December 15, 1934. Together they farmed in the Springvale area. They were blessed with two daughters and three sons. Grace was actively involved in her church, community and neighborhood school. Her many activities in church included church organist and choir director, women’s organizations, Sunday school and Christmas programs. She taught piano in her home for many years. Grace worked at Walbo Store, Lewis Dept. Store, Springvale Insurance and the Cambridge Bible Book Store. She will be remembered by family and friends for her devotion and love to her Lord. She was always willing to lend a helping hand. She enjoyed music, sewing, cooking (pies and rye bread), her pets, crossword puzzles, but most of all her love, service and time she gave to her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband Linden, grandson Adam, eight brothers and four sisters.
Grace is survived by Deborah (Larry) Lawman, Brooklyn Park, MN; Steven (Cindy) Erickson, Omaha, NE; Laurel (Wendell) Johnson, Kenneth (Sharon) Erickson, Donovan (fiance Gayle Olson) Erickson, all of Cambridge; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister Edna Gerdin of Cambridge; sister-in-law Amy Erickson of Fargo, ND.
Arrangements were with Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Lillian Elizabeth Medin, 88, Cambridge, died May 8, 2001 at Cambridge Medical Center.
Funeral services were held May 12 at Cambridge Lutheran Church with Rev. Erling Tungseth officiating. Mary Falk, accompanied by Claudia Hardy, sang “Just A Closer Walk With Thee,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Roger, Douglas, Michael, Mark, Kevin, and Eric Medin were pallbearers. Interment was in the Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery.
Lillian was born March 12, 1913 in Kanabec County, MN to Andrew and Ida (Fagerberg) Hesselroth. She grew up in the Coin area where she attended Coin School, Braham High School, and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1932. After high school, she attended Cambridge Normal School in 1933. Lillian began teaching in fall 1933, and taught grades 1-8 in country schools until 1937, when she married Alford M. Medin at Cambridge Lutheran Church with Rev. Harold Peterson officiating. The couple made their home on the Medin Farm after Alford bought out his brother Gordon’s interest in the farm. Lillian and Alford owned, operated, and expanded their farm through acquisitions of adjoining farms. They lived on their family farm until October 1994 when they moved to Riverwood Village in Cambridge. In May 1996, Alford and Lillian moved to Grandview Christian Home. Alford passed away May 25, 1998 and Lillian continued to live at Grandview until her death. Lillian and Alford traveled to many states within the continental U.S. They also traveled as members of several farm tour groups to the states of Alaska and Hawaii, as well as to several European and Scandinavian countries.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Alford; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ellen and Walter Berg, Alice and Earl Stimmler, and niece, Margaret Berg.
She is survived by sons, Roger (Karen) Medin of Brooklyn Center, Douglas (Cyndie) Medin of Newport, Michael (Lynne) Medin of Roswell, GA, and Mark Medin of Eden Prairie; two grandsons and six granddaughters; one great-grandson, one great-granddaughter; and special cousin, Ruth (Hesselroth) Pangrac of Brooklyn Center.
Arrangements were with the Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Shirley Ione Feldheim died quietly in her sleep May 9, 2001 at Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge. She had celebrated her 88th birthday on March19.
She was the ninth and youngest child born to Alex and Christine Oman at their family farm near Grandy, MN, in 1913. She attended Stake and Grandy schools, graduated from Cambridge High School,and attended Virginia Junior College and the University of Minnesota before graduating from St. Cloud Teachers College in 1937. She then taught at Hector, MN, Braham, MN and Cambridge Senior High School. Shirley retired in1977. At least 19 Bluejackets graduating classes remember the ubiquitous "Shirley Bird" that squawked information and directions in the Cambridge Senior High library. Shirley married Einar Feldheim in June 1941. They had two children, Shar Kreag and Kathryn Jane. Beginning in 1945, the Feldheims made their home in Grandy. Shirley worked with the community Sunday School there and served as clerk of the Grandy School for a number of years. She was a member of the Grandy Good Cheer Guild and the WLR Club in Stanchfield. Shirley became a member of the Stanchfield Baptist Church when she was 13 years old, serving the church in life and leadership throughout the years, including teaching nine Sunday School classes.
She was preceded in death by seven of her brothers and sisters and her husband, Einar.
She is survived by her sister, Doris Bonander of Los Angeles; son and daughter-in-law, Shar and Carol Feldheim of Minneapolis; daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Philip Bolinder of Woodbury; three grandchildren, Alex, Amanda and Bjorn Bolinder.
Funeral arrangements were made through Rock-Mankie Funeral Home, Braham.
Services were at Stanchfield Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery with her husband, Einar.