Shirley Edna Gehlen, age 74, of Yuma, AZ, and formerly of Glencoe and Cokato, passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at her home in Yuma.
A memorial service will take place Monday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe, with interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
There will be a gathering of family and friends Monday at the church, from 9 to 11 a.m., prior to the service.
Arrangements are with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online guest book is available at www.mcbridechapel.com.
Shirley was born Aug. 14, 1945, in Green Isle Township, Sibley County, and grew up on a farm in Lester Prairie. Her most cherished memories were of growing up with her brothers and sisters.
She was baptized as a Catholic June 8, 1964, at St. Peter and Paul’s Church in Glencoe. Shirley had a strong faith in her religion and in God, whom she resides with now in Heaven.
Shirley was a waitress at the Bus Depot in Glencoe, where she met Richard and fell in love. She was united in holy marriage to Richard Gehlen June 11, 1964, at St. Peter and Paul’s Church in Glencoe. They enjoyed 55 wonderful years together and were blessed with four children. Shirley’s proudest accomplishment was her marriage and her children.
A hard worker, Shirley retired from 3M after 28 years of service.
She loved the outdoors, fishing, snowmobiling, gardening, and her swing at the lake. She was a fantastic cook, who also loved baking and canning, and an avid Vikings fan.
Shirley’s favorite holiday was Christmas, and she often accompanied Santa as Mrs. Claus.
Shirley was loved and admired by many. She had a great circle of friends and a loving close-knit family on both sides, which she visited often.
A strong woman, Shirley lived with back pain for many years and never complained about her pain. She always had a smile on her face, and her strength was admired by many.
Shirley is survived by her loving husband, Richard Gehlen of Yuma, AZ; and her adoring children: Donna (Lane) Schlecht of Hutchinson, Kelli Meyer (friend Matt Banas) of Carolina Beach, NC, Rita (Dale) Weber of Glencoe, and Richard (Erin) Gehlen Jr. of Rice; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and one on her way; three sisters; two brothers; 20 brothers and sisters-in law; and many other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Albert and Edna Bentz; granddaughter Lindsey Compart; grandson Raymond Peter Tersteeg III; brothers Ronnie Bentz, Ted Bentz, Harlan Bentz, and Delmer Bentz; sisters Marlene Schuette and Marlane Venske; father-in-law Richard Gehlen; mothers-in-law Pauline Gehlen and Noreen Gehlen, and seven brothers and sisters-in-law.