Shirley A. Petersen

Shirley A. Petersen

  • Funeral Date: 3/24/16
  • Funeral Time: 10:30 AM
  • Date of Birth: 8/14/35
  • Date of Death: 3/22/16
  • Funeral Location: St. Peter's Lutheran Church - Northfield

Shirley A. Petersen was born on August 14, 1935, in Stanton Township, Goodhue County, Minnesota, to Marion and Viola (Drentlaw) Gillispie. She received her education from Randolph Public School and for her senior year transferred to Northfield High School, graduating with the class of 1953. On March 27, 1954, Shirley was united in marriage to Herbert Petersen and together they raised 7 children and shared 61 years of marriage. They made their home in Northfield until 1957 when they moved to a farm in rural Northfield. In 1976 they built a home in rural Castle Rock where they lived until 2010. Shirley and Herb owned and operated the Castle Gardens Supper Club from 1969 – 1973, later buying it back in 1979.

Shirley was actively involved as a 4-H leader. She held local and district offices with the American Legion Auxiliary and was a member of the Tuesday Noon Bowling League. Shirley enjoyed flowers, gardening, jigsaw puzzles and decorating for the holidays. She was talented with any kind of needle work – sewing much of her children’s clothing and outfits for various occasions. She cherished the time spent with her grandchildren, family and friends.

Early Tuesday morning, March 22, 2016, Shirley passed away at the Three Links Care Center in Northfield at the age of 80. 

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, March 24, 2016, at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Northfield.  Interment in Greenvale Cemetery, Castle Rock. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Bierman Funeral Home and will continue at the church on Thursday one hour prior to the service. 

Shirley is survived by husband, Herbert; children: Pamela Peterson (David Underdahl) of Dundas, Terry (Deb) of Northfield, Douglas (Joann) of Bloomington, Loren of Dundas, Marilyn Peterson (Dan Schroeder) of Northfield, David (Amy) of St. Cloud, Becky (Marc) Mellgren of Northfield; grandchildren: Brent, Christian and Caleb Petersen, Anna (Andy) Greve, Cassondra Anderson, Rachel and Amanda Petersen, Chloe, Spencer and Tegan Mellgren, Riley Petersen, Tammy (Jamey) Sirek, Chad (Chantell) Johnson and Dawnae Sexton; great grandchildren: Eva James, Colby Hecker, Jaelyn Sexton, Cecelia and Owen Sirek, Ethan, Julia and Kelly Johnson; siblings: Eugene (Sig) Gillispie of Northfield, Russell (Bonnie) Gillispie of Northfield, Harold (Karen) Gillispie of Farmington, Curtis (Cheryl) Gillispie of Ft. Gibson, OK, and Kevin (Bonnie) Gillispie of Cannon Falls; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents and grandson Dane Underdahl.

Arrangements are with the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.


  1. Beverly Ballard

    I am a friend of daughter, Marilyn Petersen – my heartfelt sympathies for the family.

  2. Amy Petersen

    You will be missed and always remembered for your fantastic cinnamon rolls, chocolate candies,and tasty coffee cakes. We will always remember tours of the flowers and gardens during our time together. We will have you in our heart always. We know you are in heaven with Jesus in the heavenly gardens. With love,
    David, Amy, Rachel, Caleb, Amanda Petersen

  3. Earl and Linda Kothman

    To the Petersen family –
    Sending our condolences on the loss of your wife and mother,
    Shirley. She was a very interesting little lady – full of ideas for crocheting, baking, gardening, and special treats!!
    Because of Christ’s Resurrection on Easter morning, so shall we all be with the Lord.
    God Bless – Earl and Linda Kothman

  4. Kristi (Fredrickson) Schwartz

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Wish I could be there to hug you all!

  5. Rita Lattimore

    sorry to hear about your mother’s passing jeff & i both knew alot of you kids take 1 day at a time