Shirlee Ann Muetzel | 05/14/2024 Obituary 2024




Remembering Shirlee Ann Muetzel: A Life Filled with Adventure and Resilience





In Memoriam: Shirlee Ann Muetzel, A Life of Adventure and Resilience

Early Life and Education

Shirlee Ann Muetzel was born on August 12, 1932, in the serene town of Olivia, Minnesota. Her parents, Harry Harvey Jahnke and Luella Adeline Lueck Jahnke, raised her in a loving home where the seeds of her adventurous spirit were first planted.

She attended school in Renville and Danube, where she excelled in her studies and developed a strong work ethic. Shirlee graduated with honors in 1950, eager to embark on the next chapter of her life.

Marriage and Family

Fate brought Shirlee together with her soulmate, Maurice Milo Muetzel. They exchanged vows in a beautiful ceremony and embarked on a 61-year journey filled with love, laughter, and unwavering support.

Their union was blessed with two daughters, Ruby and Lori, who inherited their mother’s adventurous spirit and unwavering determination. Shirlee dedicated herself to raising her children, instilling in them a deep love for family, the outdoors, and the importance of hard work.

Work and Community Involvement

Shirlee’s passion for nurturing extended beyond her family. She served as a hot lunch cook in the Anoka and New Prague schools for 25 years, where her warm smile and culinary skills brought joy to countless students.

In addition to her culinary talents, Shirlee was an avid dog breeder and horse enthusiast. Her dogs were her constant companions, and she took immense pride in showing her horses, earning numerous ribbons over the years.

She also poured her heart into her community, volunteering with Lutheran World Relief and crafting beautiful quilts for those in need. Shirlee’s quilts were more than just textiles; they were works of art that reflected her kind and compassionate spirit.

Adventures and Adversity

Shirlee and Maurice shared a deep love for the outdoors and adventure. They embarked on hunting expeditions in Wyoming and fishing trips in Canadian waters, creating memories that would last a lifetime.

Their adventurous spirit was tested on numerous occasions, including a propane explosion, a tornado, and a home robbery. But through it all, Shirlee’s resilience and faith remained unwavering. She faced adversity with courage and determination, emerging from each trial stronger than before.

Later Years and Legacy

In her later years, Shirlee’s love for her family only deepened. She cherished every moment with her daughters, granddaughters, and great-grandchildren. Her sharp wit, infectious laughter, and unwavering spirit brought joy to all who surrounded her.

Shirlee’s legacy lives on through her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, each of whom carries a piece of her adventurous spirit, unwavering resilience, and compassionate heart. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Memorial Service

A memorial service honoring Shirlee Ann Muetzel’s extraordinary life will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 11 AM at Trondhjem Lutheran Church, located at 7525 Garfield Ave., Lonsdale, MN.

Family and friends are invited to gather one hour prior to the service to share memories and celebrate Shirlee’s life.

White Funeral Home

Lonsdale, MN

507-744-2368


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