Shirley E. Gehlen, 74

Shirley Edna (Bentz) Gehlen, age 74, of Yuma, AZ, formerly of Cokato, passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in her home in AZ.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe with Father Anthony Stubeda officiating. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Arrangements are with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book 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. One of her most cherished memories was 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.

She worked as a waitress at the Bus Depot in Glencoe, where she met Richard Gehlen and fell in love. They were united in holy marriage June 11, 1964, at St. Peter and Paul’s Church in Glencoe. Richard and Shirley enjoyed 55 wonderful years together and were blessed with four children. Her proudest accomplishments were her marriage and her children.

Shirley was a hard worker, and 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. Her 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 she visited often. Shirley will be missed by all who knew her.

Shirley was a strong woman who lived with back pain for many years. She never complained about her pain and always had a smile on her face. Her strength was admired by many.

She 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; 1 great-great-grandchild and one on her way; three sisters; two brothers; 20 brothers- and sisters-in law; and many other relatives.

Shirley 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.

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