Shirley Anne Burandt, age 87, of Glencoe passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at the Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care Unit.
Shirley was born April 19, 1926 in Minneapolis, the daughter of Elmer and Clara (Higgins) Norrbom. She attended high school in Minneapolis and graduated from there. Shirley was united in marriage Feb. 11, 1947, to Richard Burandt in Webster, SD.
In 1950, Shirley and Richard purchased a farm in Watertown, where they raised their family. Shirley was a dedicated mother, raising nine children was indeed a full time job. They stayed on the farm until 1977, when it was sold and they moved to New Auburn.
In 1992, they purchased a winter home in Tucson, AZ. Shirley loved it there; she met friends who quickly became Bingo buddies. Shirley and Richard spent many happy times there, traveling and visiting casinos in Las Vegas and Laughlin.
They sold their beloved winter home when Richard’s health began to fail. They resided in an apartment in Glencoe for three years. When Richard entered a care facility, Shirley moved to Orchard Estates in Glencoe. While living there, she made full use of her scooter. Shirley had a driver’s license but never drove a car, she instead loved driving around on her scooter, which gave her great pleasure and helped her feel more independent.
Shirley was a lifelong member of the Waconia VFW Auxiliary and the Royal Order of the Cooties Auxiliary in Hutchinson. She was the first auxiliary president when it was founded. This was a great honor and meant so much to her.
In her early years, both Shirley and Richard were avid bowlers and were in many championship bowling matches. She was also a great sheephead player, and played to win.
One of Shirley’s favorite things to do was spend time with her grandchildren.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Richard; parents Clara and Elmer Norrbom; brothers and sister-in-law Lowell Norrbom, Richard Norrbom, Fred and Mary Jane Norrbom; sister Mary Norrbom; brother-in-law Gerald Walsh; mother-in-law and father-in-law Elsie and Theodore Burandt; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Marvin and Louise Burandt; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Betty and Milton Kohls; brother-in-law Lester Burandt; sister-in-law Leona Burandt; son-in-law Fred Rasinski; granddaughter Valerie Elsie Burandt, and daughter-in-law Edith Burandt.
Shirley is survived by her loving family: children and spouses Virginia Janson, Gerald Burandt, Dale (Ruth) Burandt, Bonnie (Nick) Walker, David Burandt, Ron Burandt, Howard Burandt, Paul Burandt, Scott (Lona) Burandt; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
A memorial service took place Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn, with Rev. Bradley Danielson officiating. Visitation took place one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Honorary urn bearers were Shirley’s grandchildren.
Per Shirley’s request, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society in her name.
Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.