Age 88, of Maplewood, MN Passed Away Peacefully on Dec. 31, 2013 Born in Enderlin, ND on March 3, 1925; she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Don; parents, Geraldine and Edwin Shelley; brother and sister-in-law, John and Lois Shelley; sister, Teresa Grote. She is forever in the hearts and memories of her children: Shelley (Gary) Hunt, Dennis (Ann) Jirik, and Richard (Shelli) Jirik; grandchildren: Jim (Carrie), Chris, Lea (Steve), Rick (Ashley), Danyel, Ben, Callie and Jake; and nine great-grandchildren. Ariel was the center of her family, a special aunt, and a loyal friend. She loved to laugh and travel; she also delighted in the antics of young children even when they weren't on their best behavior. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 7 at St. Jerome's Catholic Church, 380 Roselawn Ave. E., Maplewood, MN 55117 with visitation one hour prior to service. Luncheon will follow the mass. Private inurnment at Fort Snelling Cemetery. Because of Ariel's love of children and her lifelong devotion to St. Jude, in lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ( Thank you to the staff of HealthPartners Hospice and Southview Acres Health Care Center for the care they gave to this beloved lady. "Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand."

Published in Pioneer Press on Jan. 5, 2014