Shirley Jean Schraeder, 89, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully Sunday morning, August 5, 2012, at the RiverView Hospital in Crookston.
Shirley was born at Munich, North Dakota on June 10, 1923, and was the daughter of Sidney and Jessie Lewin. She grew up in Munich, where she received her early years of education, attended college in Minneapolis, Minnesota and then taught school in Montana.
She later moved to Crookston and was united in marriage to Crookston businessman, Donald E. Schraeder, on June 2, 1944 in Augusta, Georgia. Don was stationed there while serving with the US Army during WWII.
The couple made their home in Crookston, and their marriage was blessed by the births of two daughters, Leslee and Donna. Shirley and her good friend, Lutie Johnson, served as Bluebird leaders while their girls were growing up. She later became a very successful realtor in Crookston, employed for several years at Star Realty and Property Plus, before going on her own. Don was the president of the J.E. Schraeder Company and Viking Bar and Lounge. Sadly, he passed away on April 13, 1971.
Don and Shirley built a beautiful home on Lake of Woods in Ontario, Canada over 40 years ago and Shirley continued to spend summers there after Don’s passing. She liked to fish for walleyes, go out on wild rice gathering expeditions, and was a very knowledgeable bird watcher. She looked forward to playing cards several times a week with neighbors at the lake, and enjoyed entertaining, whether there or at home in Crookston. Her varied interests included reading, listening to the Saturday radio broadcasts of opera performances broadcast from New York City, being a patron of the local arts, and participating in a music appreciation and discussion group with several good friends.
Shirley’s greatest joy and passion was her lifelong love of horses. She was very active in the Red River Valley Horsebreeder’s Association and the Agassiz Riders and for over twenty-five years was a beloved figure and judge at horse shows and exhibitions throughout the Midwest. Two of Shirley’s horses, San Juan’s Pretty Cloud, and her favorite, Irish Lace, were well-known award winners on the show circuit. In 1970 Shirley was honored as the Red River Valley Horsewoman of the Year.
Loving family members include Shirley’s daughter, Donna Schraeder of Tujunga, CA; son-in-law, Kenneth Pulver, of Show Low, AZ; nephew, Craig (Toni) Lewin of Overland Park, KS; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John “Bud” and Marlys Schraeder of Crookston, MN, and their children, Ted (Sue) Schraeder of Gentilly, MN, Linda (Dennis) Dickson of Minnetonka, MN, Marcia (Ronald) Hoistad of Edina, MN, and Jennifer (Todd) Nelson of Land O’ Lakes, FL; many other relatives; and her very special friends and caregivers, Jodi Jorgenson, Janna Fanfulik, Lorelei Jorgenson, Shirley Salem, and Tiffaney Persson, all of Crookston, and Jackie Tjossem of Hillsboro, ND.
Shirley’s daughter, Leslee Schraeder, passed away in Arizona on October 23, 2012, and her brother, Bob Lewin, passed away in Kansas on January 7, 2013. May God bless Shirley’s memory.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Shirley Jean Schraeder will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Jo Gast officiating. Visitation with family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston in the spring.