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Shirley M. Workcuff, 88

Shirley M. Workcuff, age 88 of Delano, was peacefully called to her eternal home surrounded by her loving family Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at the Lake Ridge Lakeside Oasis in Buffalo.

She was born Dec. 13, 1928, in Lacrosse, WI, the daughter of Fred and Myrtle (Wolf) Swertfeger.

Shirley attended Northwestern Minneapolis Hospital, graduating in 1950 with a degree as a registered nurse anesthetist. She worked with County General (now known as Hennepin County Medical Center); Buffalo Hospital for 20-plus years until her retirement; and after retirement, with Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia, for five years.

She enjoyed playing cards Wednesday’s at the Senior Center in Delano, Saturday morning coffee with her friends, and bird watching.

In her early years, Shirley owned Ray Otto’s Greenhouse, and she enjoyed bee keeping, gardening, playing in her church’s bell choir, and singing in the church choir. She was a great nature lover.

She also volunteered in the gift shop at the Buffalo Hospital and at Wise Penny Thrift Store in Buffalo.

Shirley was a kind-hearted, loving, strong woman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Myrtle Swertfeger; and brothers Kenneth Swertfeger, and Fred Swertfeger.

Shirley will be missed dearly by her children, Mark (Evelyn) Workcuff of Rockford, Chuck Workcuff of Monticello, Julie (Roger) Chap of Cokato, and Janet Cafferty of Delano; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; her beloved dog, Elvis; and many other loving family and friends.

The funeral service took place Thursday, Feb. 2 at 3 p.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. Pastor Michael Barlow officiated at the service.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family; www.thepetersonchapel.com.

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