Shirley C. Wolfe, 84, Austin

Published 10:36 am Friday, August 3, 2012

Shirley Catherine Wolfe, 84, of Austin, Minn., died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin.

Shirley C. Wolfe

Shirley was born April 19, 1928, at the Lutheran Deaconess Hospital in Minneapolis to Peter and Gertrude Haffner. She grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School.

On July 2, 1949, Shirley married Robert D. Wolfe at St. Augustine Parish in Austin. She worked in the Hormel office until the birth of their first child and stayed at home raising their two children until they were old enough to start school. At that time, Shirley began working in many department stores (which back in the day were referred to as “5 & 10” stores) as both bookkeeper and store clerk.

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Shirley was a member of St. Augustine Parish. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and held many of the officer positions, including president for two years. She enjoyed laughing and sometimes even came across as being a little mischievous. She was never without a smile, no matter how much suffering she was going through, she never once complained. She was always willing to put everyone before herself to see that everyone got taken care of. She will be truly missed by her family.

Survivors include her husband, son Don and daughter Mary Jo, all of Austin; a sister, Dorothy, from Fremont, Calif.; and nieces and nephews. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; brother Donald Haffner; and daughter-in-law Sue Wolfe.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. There will be a 2 p.m. CCW rosary on Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. and also one hour before the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.