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Shirley Ann Velde

January 24, 1932 ~ February 15, 2021 (age 89)


There will be a public visitation for Shirley Velde of Alexandria, formerly of Chokio, MN, on Tuesday, February 23rd from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN. The funeral service for Shirley will be a private family service with burial at Artichoke Lake Cemetery, rural Chokio, MN.

There will be a live stream of Shirley's service starting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.  To view the service on the Pedersen Funeral Home website, scroll to the bottom of Shirley's page and clink the link.

While maintaining social distancing guidelines, we are now able to accommodate gatherings of up to 250 people. The use of face masks by attendees is required, and we will continue taking the necessary steps to keep our facility clean. For those who prefer or require continued precautions, webcasting and/or livestreaming is available in most situations.

Shirley Ann Anderson, daughter of Fred and Sylvia (Boldenow) Anderson, was born January 24, 1932 on the family farm in Stevens Township, in Stevens County, Minnesota.    She was raised there until the age of five, when the family moved to Chokio, where she attended school through the 11th grade. She was united in marriage to Bernard Wade on May 26, 1949 in Chokio.  To this union five children were born.  After a short illness, Bernard passed away July 6, 1978.  Shirley was united in marriage to James Velde on April 7, 1979 in Alberta.  Shirley and Jim made their home in Chokio, until they both became residents of the nursing home, where she continued to live until the time of her death.

Shirley was a member of Homemaker’s Club and enjoyed entering her beautiful flower arrangements and cookies at the Steven’s County Fair, where she received several ribbons.  She enjoyed gardening and going on fishing and camping trips. 

Shirley passed away Monday, February 15, 2021 at Knute Nelson Nursing Home in Alexandria, MN.  She was 89 years old.

She is survived by her husband, James Velde of Alexandria; five children: Kay Gullord of Anoka, Brad (Linda) Wade of Oberlin, KS, Rodney Wade of Moorhead, Julie Ehrp of Chokio and John Wade of Montevideo; two step-children: Jon Velde and Julie Propst of Alexandria; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bernard Wade; her parents; grandson: Carliss Gullord; step-son: Steve Velde; one sister and three brothers.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.


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February 23, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Pedersen Funeral Home
101 S. Atlantic Ave.
Morris, MN 56267

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