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Shirley A (Brabec) Gunderson

December 9, 1936 ~ March 2, 2018 (age 81)

Funeral Services for Shirley A. Gunderson of Albert Lea, will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Albert Lea. The Dwight Netzer will officiate.  Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday at Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour before services at the church. Shirley died on Friday, March 2, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea. She was born on December 9, 1936, in Austin, Minnesota the daughter of Edward and Anna  (Shatek) Brabec.  Shirley graduated from Albert Lea High School and completed secretarial/ business training at Albert Lea Technical College. She married Wayne R. Gunderson on June 14, 1958 at the First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea, where she continued her membership. Throughout her life she found much joy in the relationships she built during her career as a secretary and bookkeeper.  She had found employment at Federated Mutual in Owatonna, MN, the ASCS office in Albert Lea, Consolidated Food and Wilson and Co.  She later served as bookkeeper for Skyline Restaurant as well as several other businesses in the Skyline Mall. Always active, Shirley was a member of the Crossroads Camping Club and enjoyed camping for more than 50 years.   Birthday Club, serving as a Halverson School homeroom Mom and  bowling league were also activities she enjoyed. Traveling was a great passion she shared with Wayne.   They traveled by car to 49 states and also visited Canada, Mexico, and Eastern Europe. “Bubbi” as Shirley was affectionately known, loved spending time with daughter Patti and her family.She is survived by her husband Wayne, her daughter Patricia (Angelo) Nardone of Woodbridge, VA; granddaughters: Chloe Ann (Japhet) Townsend, of Dayton, TN, Isobel Anna Nordone of Woodbridge, VA; grandson:  Angelo Alexander Nardone IV of Woodbridge, VA. She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Anna Brabec, granddaughter Angelina Jael Nardone, and in-laws Truman and Gladys Gunderson.

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