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Elroy G. Shovelain

Elroy G. Shovelain, age 79, of rural Monticello, died Sunday, June 23, 2002 at the Monticello-Big Lake Hospital.

He was born April 15, 1923, in Hollywood Township, Carver County, the son of Patrick and Louisa Hausladen Shovelain.

As a young man, Elroy attended country school, and later, Holy Trinity School in Winsted.

Elroy Shovelain was joined in holy marriage to Irene Kostecka Aug. 23, 1949, at St. George Catholic Church in Glencoe. God blessed their marriage with five children.

Elroy engaged in dairy farming for 25 years west of Monticello. He also formerly worked at the Green Giant Plant in Winsted, drove school bus for Monticello (Hoglund) and the Buffalo School District, worked for Monticello Township and also at a State rest area, and planted trees for Wright County.

Elroy was a faithful member of St. Henry's Catholic Church in Monticello.

Through the years, Elroy and Irene traveled a lot, loved to dance, play cards, and fish. He also enjoyed gardening following his retirement.

Elroy is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Irene Remer and Isabell Lachermeier; and by two great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 53 years, Irene E. Shovelain; sons, James (Marie) Shovelain of St. Michael and Jerry (Kathleen) Shovelain of Brooklyn Park; daughters, Janice Shovelain of Monticello, Judy (Tino) Cortez of East St. Paul, Jeanne (Colin) Fehn of Monticello; 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Elroy Shovelain was Wednesday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Monticello. The Rev. Timothy Rudolphi was the celebrant, and interment followed at St. Henry Cemetery.

Renee Cortez, Felicia Fehn, and Dominic Shovelain were the gift bearers.

Brian Shovelain, Paul Shovelain, Benjamin Fehn, Zachary Fehn, Justin Shovelain, and Randy Schwegel served as casketbearers.

Friends called Tuesday, June 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Monticello. A prayer service took place at 7 p.m.

The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home served the family.

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