Shirley R. Winter, age 68 of Ellendale, Minnesota died Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at her home. Shirley Ruth Volkmann was born July 12, 1948 in Waseca, MN, the daughter of Jacob and Clara (Roeker) Volkmann. She grew up on a farm in Elysian, MN and graduated from Waterville High School in 1967. On August 3, 1968, Shirley and Douglas Winter were united in marriage in Elysian. This union was blessed with 3 sons. After Doug’s tour of duty in 1970, the couple moved to Faribault. Then for 5 years the family lived in Warsaw before moving back to Faribault in 1978 until 2008. After Faribault, they moved to Blooming Prairie, and had spent the past 2 years in Ellendale. Shirley belonged to Trinity Lutheran Church in Faribault and First Lutheran Church in Ellendale. She enjoyed being outside, and especially liked flowers and gardening. She provided daycare, enjoyed sewing, and was a country music fan. Her favorites were Kenny Rogers and Hank Williams Sr. Shirley was a goodhearted person, always willing to help. She liked to make people laugh. She treasured her family and their time together. They will miss her dearly.
Shirley is survived by her husband Doug of Ellendale; two sons Robert Winter of Waseca and Joseph Winter Sr. of Faribault; 3 grandchildren Klarissa and Dallas Winter of Ellendale, and Joe Winter Jr. of Princeton; great-grandson Carter Winter of Princeton; 2 brothers Ray Volkmann and Herb (Edna) Volkmann, both of Waterville. She was preceded in death by her parents, a child at birth, her son Danny Winter in 2016, her sister Arlene and her brother Victor.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at a later date. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.