Shirley Choquette, 89, of Hibbing, died December 6, 2019 at St.
Luke’s Hospital, Duluth, following a brief illness.
Shirley was born in Stambaugh, MI on August 31, 1930, the
daughter of Otto and Ruth (Forsberg) Hanson.
Shortly after she graduated from high school, Shirley married
Wally Choquette, her high school sweetheart, and worked as a
secretary for the Social Security Administration. She was a
member of First Lutheran Church in Iron River, MI. In 1971,
Shirley and Wally moved to Hibbing, MN.
Shirley loved her church and community. She was an active
member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church serving on the Altar
Guild and Women’s Circle. Shirley was a member of the Hibbing
Area Women’s Club, Hanna Mining Retirees, and Sons of
Norway. She was a founding member of the Shirley Club where
every member was named Shirley. She greatly enjoyed community
concerts, organ recitals, and choral music.
Hospitality and friendship were a focus in her life. She often
appeared at the door of a friend with a smile and a plate of goodies
or a card as a reminder that she was thinking of them, or she
appreciated them. Her contagious laughter and storytelling were
hallmark traits of her personality. She was always going out of her
way to be thoughtful and kind. Shirley lived a life of optimism and
Shirley lived at the Hibbing Real Life Cooperative for fourteen
years. Her treasured friends there provided Shirley with a sense of
community, and support. She loved living there among friends new
Shirley was preceded in death by Wally and her brother, Bob
Hanson. She is survived by children Mike (Annette) of Blaine,
MN, Dave (Nancy)of Duluth, MN, and Lisa (Rick) Nelson of
Minneapolis, MN, grandchildren Jessica and Matthew Choquette,
Christopher (Emily Genung), Andrew, Ellen Choquette, Sam and
Tommy Nelson, and great grandson Teddy Choquette.
The family would like to thank Dr. Amy Hilde-Philips and the staff
at the Hibbing Family Medical Clinic, the staff of St. Luke’s
Hospital and Clinic, and the Fairview Range Medical Center for
the excellent and compassionate care provided over the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Our Savior’s
Lutheran Church, Hibbing MN, or Friends of the Hibbing Public
Services will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Our
Savior’s Lutheran Church, Hibbing MN. Visitation will begin at
10 AM and the service to follow at 11 AM.
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