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Shirley Ann Neitzel, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora.  She was 86 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, July 25, 2016 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brunswick with Pastor Sierra Westerman.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 4:00- 7:00 pm on Sunday, July 24th at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

INURNMENT will be on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 in the Eagleton Cemetery in Bloomer, Wisconsin.

Shirley Ann Neitzel of Mora, Minnesota passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at FirstLight Health System (previously known as Kanabec County Hospital) from complications following a stroke. She was 86 years old.

Shirley was born June 30, 1930 in Bloomer, Wisconsin to Ralph and Ruth (Collier) Palmer. She lived on the family farm until graduating from Bloomer High School in 1948. She was a secretary for Chippewa Motor Freight in Chippewa Falls, where she met Lowell Neitzel, her future husband. Shirley had fond memories of evenings spent with Lowell at The Pines.

Shirley was united in marriage to Lowell Gust Neitzel of Eagleton, Wisconsin on March 18, 1950. Of this union they became the proud parents of seven lovely children.

Shirley and Lowell resided in Bloomer until 1956 when they moved to the Mora area. Shirley worked at Kanabec County Hospital. Anyone entering the doors of the hospital was greeted with Shirley’s smile. She loved life, and never met a stranger. She retired from her beloved post at the hospital after more than twenty-five years of services, but remained there in spirit, and volunteered there with the Hospital Auxiliary until she was no longer able.

Shirley was a past president of the Mora American Legion Auxiliary, of which she remained a member until her death. She enjoyed gardening, Bible study, and sports. She was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers. She also liked spending time with her family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lowell, brother Lester and sister Ione, daughter Lisa Ruth, and granddaughter Stephanie.

She is survived by children Mark (Ruth) Neitzel of Seattle, WA; Ginny Turner of Mora; Marcia (Roger) Kringen of Colville, WA; Steve Neitzel of Bothell, WA; Kurt (Barb) Neitzel of Northfield, MN; and Sara Joy Neitzel of Mora; grandchildren Angela, Heather, Jake, Mike, Spencer, Tommy, Nick, Joey, Robert, Shannon, and Shawn; great-grandchildren Dawson, Logan, Kelly, Megan, Colette, Evan, Audrey, Natalia, Gabriella, Dominique, Ryan, Ricky, Avery; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and many friends.

11 thoughts on “SHIRLEY ANN NEITZEL”

  1. Shirley was such a delightful person, always a smile and a kind word. When we first started working at the hospital she was the front desk receptionist, and what a big job that was!!! She handled it very well!! Shirley will be missed in many circles of people whose lives she touched. Our sympathy to Shirley’s family.

  2. I’m very sad to see Shirley has left us , She was one of the most kind nice women I ever met in my life , She had such a big heart , and she was so full of kindness ,And she ave me wonderful helpful advice on hoe to understand and live with a spouse that has a addiction ! I could never have done it all these years without the kind words from Shirley . R I P Shirley you will never be forgotten

  3. What a great one Shirley was, always so kind and friendly. Glad to have had time with her recently. My sympathy to her family and also my thanks that you shared her with us!

  4. I will always remember her laughter and kindness of spirit and how she loved driving fast! I loved that, Aunt Shirley!

  5. Shirley will be remembered for her wonderful smile, her cheerful attitude and endless kindness. We loved her inspiring spirit and loving attitude. She was also one of the biggest Packer fans we know. We will miss you Shirley and our prayers and love to our cousins for their loss.

  6. Ginny, I loved your mom. She had such a kind and caring spirit. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, Kerry Gauffin

  7. Marcia, if we can’t make it up there to her service, please know that your mom was a great example to me; she managed to be warm and kind even during trying times. (My mom also went through having an alcoholic spouse.) And your mother was fun, too! I’m glad she and my mom reconnected at Eastwood for a bit last year. God bless you and the whole family dealing with this loss. Shirley was one of a kind.

  8. I’ll miss Aunt Shirley’s smiles, hugs, laughter, love for family, and joy of life. Love and prayers for peace and comfort to my Neitzel cousins.

  9. I feel so blessed to have known Shirley. We worked at the hospital together and she was so kind and forever patient with me in my training. She was always smiling and had a contagious laugh. To this day I still make her blueberry muffin recipe. I think of her every time I make them. She touched many lives and she will be missed. Our prayers to the family at this time

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