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Shirley M. Triplett

Shirley M. Triplett, age 69 of Buffalo, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005 at her residence.

She was born April 8, 1935 in Marysville Township, Wright County, the daughter of George C. and Bernice Ordorff Bonstrom.

Shirley and Edward T. Triplett were joined in holy marriage Feb. 16, 1952 in Buffalo. God blessed their marriage with 11 children.

Shirley was formerly employed at the Buffalo Hospital for more than 25 years as a dietary aide.

She was a member of the Church of St. Francis in Buffalo.

Shirley lived life to the fullest. Although she faced many challenges throughout life, she was determined to be the best she could be. She found strength in family and the Lord.

When diagnosed with cancer early last year, Shirley fought it with integrity and had a determination to survive.

Although she lost her mother at a very young age, she was a great mother, raising 11 children with grace, patience, and love. When faced with her husband’s cancer several years ago, Shirley again gathered strength from the Lord and helped him survive.

She had many interests, and loved research and genealogy. Through her hard work and passion for discovery, she was responsible for uncovering a little known side of her ancestry.

When Shirley was 64, she earned her G.E.D. It was grueling at times, but one of the proudest accomplishments of her life.

Her greatest love, besides her family and her dog, “Zipper,” was gardening. She was truly an artist. Most people in the area can attest to her beautiful workmanship, and would often drive by her yard slowly and gaze with wonder.

Shirley was deeply loved by many and will be rememered for her determination to be the best she could be, her gentleness, inquisitiveness, and sense of humor. She was truly a magnificent woman.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Edward T. Triplett; and her children: Tom (Jeanette) Tripplett of Hackensack, Tony (Laura) Triplett and Jim (Rhonda) Triplett, all of Buffalo; Bernie (Jim) Gill of Brooklyn Park, Judy (Ted) Painschab of Howard Lake, Jane (Mike) Torborg of Rice, John Triplett of Sartell, Bill (Kari) Triplett of Buffalo, Danny (Cheryl) Triplett of Little Falls, Mary (Todd) Triplett-Posthuma of Maple Grove, and B.J. (Dean) Lachermeier of Howard Lake.

She is further survived by 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Arnie (Karen) Bonstrom of St. Louis Park; a sister, Annie (Tony) Gair of Boulder, Colo.; a caring sister-in-law, Gerie Peterson; and many other relatives and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Maurice Bonstrom.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Francis in Buffalo. The Rev. Mark A. Huberty was the celebrant, and interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery.

Honorary casket bearers were Casey Triplett, Dylan Triplett, and Josh Gill.

Active casket bearers were Rob Triplett, Josh Triplett, Chad Torborg, Brian Torberg, Joe Decker, Adam Painschab, Matt Gill, and Zachary Triplett.

Friends call Monday, Jan. 31 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

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