Shirley Nettestad, 84 of Pelican Rapids

Published 2:02pm Friday, November 8, 2013 Updated 2:04pm Friday, November 8, 2013


Shirley Nettestad, 84, of Pelican Rapids, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, under the care of Lakeland Hospice at Pelican Valley Nursing Home in Pelican Rapids.

Shirley Beckman was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Underwood, the daughter of Selvin and Caroline (Moen) Beckman. She was baptized and confirmed at Sverdrup Lutheran Church in Underwood.

Shirley graduated from Underwood High School and then she attended Business College in Fergus Falls.

From 1948 to 1951, Shirley worked at Lake Region Electric in Pelican Rapids.

On Jan. 1, 1951, Shirley married Chester O Nettestad Sr. She took several years off from working outside her home to raise her family.

From 1965 to 1989, Shirley worked at the United States Postal Service in Pelican Rapids where she retired. Chester passed away Sept. 3, 1990.

Shirley was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.

She was a former member of the Pelican Rapids School Board and Ringsaker Cemetery Board.

Shirley was active with the Red Cross Blood Drive and formerly active as a Cub Scout Den Mother of Pack 313.

Shirley enjoyed sewing, gardening, flower gardening, Wii bowling, playing cards, playing Scrabble, and spending time at their lake home.

She traveled extensively to such places as Bangkok, Thailand, Beijing, Japan, Austria, Germany, and Norway. Many of these trips were with her daughter, Kathie.

Shirley is survived by her son, Chester (Paulette) Nettestad Jr. of Pelican Rapids, with their children, Kristin (Dave) Grommesh and Shonda (Adam) Chwialkowski; a son, Charles (Joanne) Nettestad of Alexandria with their children, Ole (Jill) Nettestad, Anna Windish, and Caroline (Kyle) Chan; a son, Michael (Sheri) Nettestad of Pelican Rapids with their children: Erik (Ingjerd) Nettestad, Ellie Nettestad, and Lindsey Nettestad; daughter Kathie Nettestad of Woodbury; great-grandchildren, Gavin and Collin (Kristin and Dave’s), AJ and Hope (Shonda and Adam’s), Ella, Cole and Britta (Ole and Jill’s), Joseph (Anna’s), Lauren and Leah (Caroline and Kyle’s), Aiden and Nicholas (Erik and Ingjerd’s), Alex, Kallie, Keagan, and Preston (Ellie’s); a sister, Pearl Wagstrom, Fergus Falls; sisters-in-law, Marlys Beckman and Fern Nettestad; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and a brother, Warren.

Visitation: Monday from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at the church

Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids

Clergy: Rev. Laurie Skow-Anderson, Lay Pastor Al Grothe and Intern Pastor Lucas Ladnier

Burial: Ringsaker Cemetery, Pelican Rapids

Funeral Home: Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids



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