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Shirley J. Ronning

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Shirley J. Ronning

Sioux Falls - Shirley J. Ronning, 81, of Lester Prairie, MN (formerly of Sioux Falls), died Sun., Sept. 25, 2016 at Auburn Home in Waconia, MN. Her memorial service will be 2 PM Fri., Sept. 30 at George Boom Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Sioux Falls.

Shirley Jean Smith, daughter of Sidney and Julia (Moen) Smith, was born Sept. 19, 1935 in Sioux Falls. She grew up there and lived there almost all of her life. She loved living in Sioux Falls. Shirley graduated from Washington High School in 1953.

Shirley attended Sioux Valley School of Nursing and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1960. She later earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Sioux Falls in 2002. She worked as a Registered Nurse in Sioux Falls for many years before retiring.

Shirley was united in marriage with Selwyn "Sive" Ronning on Nov. 8, 1996 in Deadwood, SD. They were able to travel all over the United States and into Europe, seeing all the places they had dreamed about.

Shirley was a member of the Sioux Valley Alumni and was the first woman delegate, from Sioux Falls, for the regional and international Cosmopolitan Club. She also served as a board member for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Grateful for having shared her life are five children, Julie (Clancy) Gjerstad, Lester Prairie, MN, Sidney (Mary) Larson, Minneapolis, MN, Philip (Nema Hussey) Larson, Prescott, AZ, Stephen (Lisa) Larson, Decorah, IA, Sarah (Richard) Dennee, Cheshire, CT; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; a brother; and a host of cousins. Throughout all the years she had many long standing friends, one of which was Fred Torberson, who looked up to her as a mother; and a very dear friend, Roger Haugo. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Selwyn; and her parents. Online register book at
Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 29, 2016
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