Shirley Mae Skjonsberg


May 7, 1935 - January 3, 2013


Shirley Mae (Niles) Skjonsberg was born May 7, 1935 to Lawrence and Christine (Stave) Aadland in Veblen SD.  Shirley married Don Niles and later Burton Skjonsberg.

Throughout her life Shirley was employed as a waitress and ranch hand, but considered raising her daughters to be her greatest achievement.  Her sense of accomplishment and pride stemmed from watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow and flourish.

Being an animal lover Shirley spent much of her life caring for her horses as well as numerous other critters.  She was an avid garage sale enthusiast and her girls have many treasures to prove it. 

Shirley was a female MacGyver and her resourcefulness was apparent every time she made something out of nothing.  As she went through her daily chores and many adventures, she was aware of the angels on her shoulders and sometimes tested their limits.  Shirley’s work ethic and resilience served as a role model for her girls.

Shirley is survived by her daughters:  LaDonna Hesby, Hetland;  Brenda (George) Schulte, Alexandria; Sherry (Wade) Schrank, Salem; Heidi (Greg) Bailey, Shannon Lundquist (Shannon Larson), Shaun (Mike) Fox, all of Mitchell and step-daughter, Diane (Mike) Currence, Sisseton; four sisters:  Ardys Devine, Jean Duwenhoegger, Black Hills;  Violet (John) Sichmeller, Murdo; Mary Lou Aadland, Texas;  Maggie Aadland, Custer; nine grandchildren:  Lona Berndt, Zane Curry, Josh Stanfield, Shelby and Zach Schrank, Andy Lundquist, Kailee, Emilee, and Brady Fox; six great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and her best friend, Francis Carmody, Wessington.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Don Niles and Burton Skjonsberg, her brother, Dennis Aadland, son-in-law, George Campbell, grandson, Blaise Bailey, brothers-in-law, Lyle Devine and Rudy Duwenhoegger, one nephew, Tim Sichmeller and two infant siblings.


Monday, January 7, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, January 8, 2013
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Percy Aadland on January 12, 2013
My sincere condolences to the entire family. As Shirleys cousin I have many fond memories spending time with Shirley going horseback riding when we were kids. Rest in Peace Shirley.
Posted by Jenise Krick on January 7, 2013
You are all in my thoughts and prayers, remember all the good memories of your Mom. May God bless you. Sincerely, Jenise
Posted by cheryl kunkel on January 7, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and your families Brenda. What a lady was your mom. Dennis and sat with your mom and Grorges mom the nite Josh & Jen got married. They told us some good stories when they were younger!! We laughed so hard, they were the high lite of the reception ! Now they can both meet up in heaven and take care of each other :) God Bless you all.
Posted by Sherry Fanning on January 5, 2013
What a great picture of Shirley...and very apt description of her life. Prayers from Oregon for Heidi, all the girls and entire family. Sherry and Jeff Fanning Family
Posted by Kelly on January 5, 2013
I'm sorry to hear about Ms. Shirley. May your memories lift your hearts. Also, Rev. 21:4 says that one day soon, death, pain, and suffering will be eliminated. We will be happy then when our loved ones return. John 5:28,29. Sincere condolences.
Posted by Jennifer Stanfield on January 5, 2013
We miss you already you are in a better place. We will remember all the times we spent with you. Love Jen
Posted by Rena Ramsey on January 5, 2013 love and prayers are with all of you. I was proud to call your Mom, my sister in law. She now joins your Dad in Heaven where they will be united forever. May Gods Angels help you through this difficult time. Aunt Rena
Posted by Josh Stanfield on January 5, 2013
you will always be loved and missed granny!
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