Shirley Jean Espeland, 88, was born to Floyd and Jennie (Vander Pol) Wassink in May 1935 in Edgerton, Minnesota, where she was raised. She graduated from high school in 1953 and began her college education at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. She graduated from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1957.

Shirley then began her 25-year career as a teacher serving in Bloomington, Manitowoc (Wisconsin), Roseville and Redwood Falls. She lived in St. Anthony Park for the past 22 years.

Shirley married Loren J. Espeland in June 1960, in Valders, Wisconsin, where Loren was serving his seminary internship.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Loren (September 2015) and brother David.

Shirley is survived by children Mari (Ken Dahlberg), of St. Anthony Park, and Leif (Ann); and five grandchildren. Other survivors include her siblings Von, Lloyd (Virginia), Wayne, Roxie, Rachel, and Curt (Ronna).

Her funeral service was held at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, with interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church Organ Fund or Lutheran World Relief.

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