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December 13, 1928 – Monday, January 30, 2017

Service Information
Cross Ev. Lutheran Church, Rockford, MN
Thursday, February 2, 2017
3:00 PM

Visitation Information
Cross Ev. Lutheran Church, Rockford, MN
Thursday, February 2, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 PM

Shirley M. Workcuff, age 88 of Delano, was peacefully called to her eternal home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Lake Ridge Lakeside Oasis in Buffalo. She was born December 13, 1928 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the daughter of Fred and Myrtle (Wolf) Swertfeger.

She was a graduate from Northwestern Minneapolis Hospital in 1950 with a degree as a registered nurse anesthetist. Shirley worked with County General (now known as HCMC), Buffalo Hospital for 20 + years until her retirement, and after retirement with Waconia Hospital for 5 years.

She enjoyed playing cards on 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 the 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. She was a kind hearted, loving, strong woman.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mrytle 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, Janet Cafferty of Delano; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; beloved dog, Elvis; and many other loving family and friends.

Funeral service for Shirley Workcuff will be held Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 3:00 PM with visitation one hour prior at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford with Pastor Michael Barlow officiating.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. 763-682-1363.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jane Decker

    Julie & Janet; I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. She lived life to the fullest. What a beautiful lady. You girls are in my thoughts and prayers. See you soon. Jane

  2. Valerie Westphal

    So sorry to hear about your mom. My deepest sympathy to your family.

  3. Pat Dalbec

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a very special friend and will be truly missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Joan Painschab

    Julie & Janet;
    I’ll be thinking of you in the next few days and beyond, and am deeply saddened by the loss of your Mom. She was an amazing woman. Love, Joanie

  5. Mary Stumpf

    Janet, you and your family have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mom. Always hard to lose a loved one


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