Shirley J. Arett, 91

Published 10:22 am Friday, October 16, 2015

Shirley J. Arett, 91, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 14, 2015, at Our House Memory Care in Austin.

Shirley J. Arett, 91

Shirley J. Arett, 91

Shirley Jane Corson was born at her family’s home in Lansing Township on March 31, 1924, the daughter of George L. and Inga O. (Odden) Corson. Shirley often shared many good memories of growing up on the farm. She attended Red Star School, and then went to work for families in the area doing babysitting and housework. These were live-in jobs for Shirley, and she became like part of their families. She also worked other jobs over the years including as a cook at a restaurant. In 1940, she met Glenn Arett in Lyle, Minnesota, and they became engaged in December 1942. They were married by Rev. Henry Noss on May 9, 1943, in the parsonage of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.  The couple raised three daughters near Moscow Township. On the farm, Shirley and Glenn worked together in the field and tending to their dairy herd. Shirley did volunteer work at Burr Oak Manor and St. Olaf Lutheran Church, where she was a member. Shirley belonged to the St. Olaf Hospital auxiliary and enjoyed playing cards. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Shirley is survived by her daughters: Judy Pryor of Austin, Minnesota, Beverly (Richard) Hoveland of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, and Nancy (David) Finley of rural Austin; nine grandchildren: Richelle Smith of Southaven, Mississippi, Joel Hodges of Denver, Colorado, Michael (Kelly) Pryor of Hollandale, Minnesota, Brian (Sara) Hoveland of Owatonna, Minnesota, Julie (Neil) Horn of Mahtomedi, Minnesota, Jason (Holly) Hoveland of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, Kevin (Kathi) Finley, Kathy (Lynn) Thompson, and Troy (Danielle) Finley, all of Austin; 30 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.

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She was preceded in death by her parents George and Inga Corson; her husband Glenn Arett on Feb. 14, 1981; her siblings: Lester (Lucille) Corson, Kenneth (Stella) Corson, Mildred (William) Thorson, Melvin “Stub” (Helen) Corson; and her sister-in-law Mary (Marvin) Brekke.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with Todd Portinga, A.I.M. officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at Worlein Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. Memorials can be directed to Comforcare, Our House Memory Care, or to recipient of donor’s choice. The family would like to express special thanks to the caregivers and staff at Our House Memory Care and Comforcare Good Samaritan Center for the care and compassion they gave to Shirley and her loved ones. Services are prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at