Shirley D. Fjelstad August 25, 1932 - October 29, 2020

 

Shirley Dorothy Fjelstad, age 88, of Eagan, MN went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ joining her beloved husband of 67 years Harlow in heaven. She peacefully passed in her home surrounded by her loving children on Thursday, October 29th, 2020. Preceded in death by her parents David and Clara O’Brien; brother Eugene (Evelyn); in-laws Christian (Gena) Fjelstad; brother-in-law Wallace; sister-in-law Louise (Vince) Lundegard; and grandson Jameson. Survived by her children Jody (Lori); Steve (Beatriz); Tim (Theresa); Rick (MariPat); Melissa (Michael) Apergis, and Christopher “Chip”; 20 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren who she endlessly babysat and fed. A hands-on Grandma who was always teaching life lessons, swimming in the pool, and competitively playing games with each precious one. She will be deeply missed as her memory eternally lives on through her family legacy she left behind. Beautiful blue-eyed Shirley was born on August 25th, 2020 in St. Paul, MN to a wonderful family. She had a happy childhood which formed lifetime friendships. At the age of 14 years old she met her ever loving husband Harlow with whom she shared a full and joyous life together. She enjoyed playing the saxophone and especially heading the Murray High School band as a gifted and baton- twirling drum majorette. Amazingly enough she was still twirling this past summer. She was a loyal and fun friend to all who knew and loved her. Shirley attended the University of Minnesota earning a Licensed Practical Nursing degree. She went on to care for terminally ill pediatric patients. Her compassionate ways of caring touched every person she met. She was primped and ready to go daily at 6:00 a.m. Her ambitious and hard working hands never stopped as she started sewing over 300 blankets at the age of 75. Her vivacious, friendly, and generous spirit is unmatched to others. Her heart of gold and love for her family including the Native American people are unprecedented. If you were touched by Shirley you were blessed by her selfless acts of kindness. She always helped anyone in need, dropping off clothes, food and mentoring other women who also called her “Mom”. She loved going to church, singing gospel songs, reading the Bible, and journaling scripture. Her goal in life was witnessing to everyone she met about knowing Jesus so they might have eternal life. She didn’t just talk the talk, she walked the walk through her moral, “What Would Jesus Do”, lifestyle. She was always leading by example. She truly was the salt of the earth and is a sweet high-flying angel now. Visitation 4-7PM Monday at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 1167 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-228-1006. Service 11AM Tuesday, November 10 at River Valley Church, Apple Valley Campus, 14898 Energy Way, Apple Valley. Burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Visitation 4-7PM Monday at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 1167 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-228-1006. Service 11AM Tuesday, November 10 at River Valley Church, Apple Valley Campus, 14898 Energy Way, Apple Valley. Burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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    Kathy O'Brien Schroeder says

    Keeping you all in prayer! Time for rejoicing.
    I loved Shirley and Harlow and the times we all gathered together for the holidays.
    Her baked beans, ham, potatoes, and sugar cookies were the best!
    Shirley made a huge impact on my life with her spiritual walk and commitment to others. Her smile was infectious and sense of humor was wonderful.
    One fond memory I have to share is about Shirley was when I went with dad (Beans) and Shirley to the VA to see Baboo O’Brien. Dad and I were ready to leave, but Shirley took the time to share her faith journey with very veteran she met. We must have waited for over an hour. She was a sight to behold! Shirley never walk away from one person because “every person you meet, you are met to meet and share your faith walk regardless of race, gender, or age.” Shirley was one of kind, and the best Aunt ever!

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    John & Ann Gustin says

    Ann and I wish to offer our most sincere condolences upon the death of Shirley and the recent death of Harlow. We were no more than casual acquaintances, but we were neighbors on the same street; a loss of anyone in our neighborhood affects us all. We cannot imagine how difficult it must be for your family to face these losses so closely together. May God bless them both and may they rest in peace.

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