Shirley Thoreson

Shirley Ann Thoreson, 82, Luverne, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.

A funeral was Saturday, Jan. 21, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial followed at Prairie Queen Cemetery in rural Nunda, South Dakota.

Shirley Pederson was born Sept. 29, 1934, to Clifford and Ada (Stenseth) Pederson in Lake Preston, South Dakota. She was raised in Nunda, South Dakota, where she attended elementary school. She attended Rutland High School and graduated in 1952.

On June 20, 1952, she married Arvid Thoreson in Witchita Falls, Texas, where Arvid was stationed with the U.S. Air Force. They relocated near Riverside, California, while Arvid was stationed at the March Air Force Base. They moved to Downy, California, in 1955 where Shirley was a homemaker to the couple’s four children. During the year that Arvid served overseas, Shirley returned with the children to Nunda. Upon Arvid’s return stateside, they reunited in Downy and moved to Santa Maria, California, where they resided for the next 12 years. In 1967 they moved to Luverne, where Shirley worked at Creeger’s clothing store. They then moved to Brandon, South Dakota, and Shirley worked at Sears in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 2008 the couple returned to Luverne.

Shirley enjoyed baking, and was known for her beautifully decorated cakes made for special occasions. Shirley and Arvid enjoyed vacationing to Branson, Missouri, and Nashville, Tennessee, with her sister and brother-in-law, Barb and Chuck. Shirley also enjoyed shopping for antiques.

Shirley was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne, and was active in the Ladies Circle. She loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband; her children, Judy (Rod) Walgrave of Luverne, Jannis (Les) Heikes of Eden Prairie, Randy Thoreson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Greg Thoreson of Sioux Falls; 13 grandchildren, Shannon (Margo) Walgrave, Tim (Amber) Walgrave, Mandy Skattum, Nicky (Matt) Skattum, Matt Heikes, Tom Heikes, Treasure Thoreson, Tara Thoreson, Tori Thoreson, Taylor Thoreson, Jack (Nick) Thoreson, Derek (Veronica) Thoreson; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Derward Pederson and Duane Pederson; a grandson, Andrew Heikes; daughters-in-law Patricia Thoreson and Kathy Thoreson; and a grandson-in-law, Nate Skattum.

Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.

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