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Shirley Herrstrom

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Shirley Herrstrom

Shirley Elizabeth (Brown) Herrstrom, age 88, died at Sanford Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on September 2nd 2017 of cancer. She was born October 11, 1928 in Dickinson County, Iowa, to Clarence and Emma (Anderson) Brown. She grew up on a farm near Loon Lake in Jackson County Minnesota where she attended school in District 6 for 8 years and Jackson High School, graduating in 1946. She then attended Sioux Falls College where she met her future husband, Bruce Herrstrom.

Shirley and Bruce were married at the Loon Lake Baptist Church on June 5, 1949 after which Bruce went on to seminary. They served together in churches in California, Minnesota, Illinois, and Washington. Shirley played an important role as "the pastor's wife" in teaching Sunday school, Bible school, playing the piano, working with youth and also helping raise two foster daughters. Many have enjoyed her sharing of her special gift of music, also playing the vibraharp at various functions, and accompanying Bruce's playing the trombone and harmonica. Bruce affectionately called her "Squirrel" and he was "Brewster the Rooster" to her. They retired in Sioux Falls where they stayed busy in church activities, also enjoying travel in their adopted state of South Dakota.

After Bruce's death in 2006, Shirley lived at the Good Samaritan Prairie Creek retirement community where she enjoyed playing for chapel services. She spent a month of each winter with family in Florida and in the summer made frequent trips back to rural Minnesota. In recent months of failing health she had often stated she was ready to go to heaven.

Family survivors are her sister and brother-in-law Carolyn and Duane Steiner of Orange Park, Florida and Jackson, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Roberta Brown of St. Paul; foster daughter Suzanne Gorrell of Carbondale, Illinois; nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband Bruce, sister Evelyn Hatcher, brother Wendell Brown, and foster daughter Donna Gorrell.

Funeral services will be held at Heritage Funeral Home on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at a later date at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota.

Memorials may be sent to Central Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, Bethel Seminary West in San Diego, or to a .
Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 6, 2017
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