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Shirley Manning

April 29, 1937 — November 3, 2021

Shirley Manning age 84 formerly of Frazee passed away Wednesday November 3rd at Essentia Health in Fargo.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Friday, November 12, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer Service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee.

She was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and grew up and attended school in Frazee. Shirley proudly served her country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from September 1955 to September of 1957 following her basic training at Fort McClellan in Alabama.

Shirley was assigned to Company D Secretarial School in Fort Benjamin, Harrison, Indiana and later sent to the Pentagon in Fort Meyer Virginia serving as a secretary in Research and Development in the Department of the Army. Shirley was proud of her time at the Pentagon, marching in President Eisenhower’s inaugural parade, and serving as Honor Guard for WAC Military funerals.

On September 26, 1959 Shirley was united in marriage to Joseph Manning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Shirley and Joseph were able to share in 60 years of marriage before Joseph’s passing in 2019.

Shirley worked for WDAY, Bill Snyder Films, Military Entrance Air Force Recruiting, as a clerk at the Fargo Post Office and later owned Creative Costumes Shop in Moorhead.  Shirley returned to college and graduated from NDSU with an Associate Degree in Horticulture in 1977.

She enjoyed gardening, genealogy, and traveling.   Her favorite trips were to Norway, Egypt, and Hawaii.   She shared her passion for horticulture with fellow members of 3 horticulture clubs.   She was also a member of the AMVETS and DAV in Fargo and the Sons of Norway.

She is survived by her children: Sheryl Little, Suzanne (Darrell) Kersting, Joseph J. Manning; grandchildren: Sharla Little, Michael Little, Jeffery Little, Mathew (Erin) Little, Joseph W. (Amanda) Manning, Jessica (Noah) Sperling; 11 great grandchildren; siblings: Meg Balvitsch, Gloria (Dick) Dorow, Carol Brekke, Karen (Ross) Oie; brother-in-law: Mike Hofer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents: William and Caroline Brekke; husband Joseph G. Manning; son Jeffery in infancy; sister: Lois Hofer and brother-in-law: Ron Balvitsch.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Thursday, November 11, 2021

5:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

202 Maple Ave W, Frazee, MN 56544

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Prayer Service

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Starts at 7:00pm (Central time)

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

202 Maple Ave W, Frazee, MN 56544

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, November 12, 2021

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202 Maple Ave W, Frazee, MN 56544

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Committal

Friday, November 12, 2021

Starts at 12:00pm (Central time)

Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Frazee, Minnesota

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