Shirley Ann Nord

Shirley Ann Nord

  • Funeral Date: 11/15/16
  • Funeral Time: 11 AM
  • Date of Birth: 6/27/44
  • Date of Death: 11/07/16
  • Funeral Location: Rejoice Church

Shirley Ann Nord was born June 27, 1944, in Jordan, Minnesota to Clarence and Eloise (Logeson) Loken. She attended school in Jordan, MN. In 1971, she was united in marriage to Rick Nord and they resided in Northfield where Shirley and Rick owned a custom combining business, one of Shirley’s favorite duties were to keep the men well fed with her homemade cooking. During this time, Shirley worked at Fairway Foods and on the weekends she took her lunch wagons to auctions in the surrounding area. Shirley’s true passion was cooking and serving others. During her life she had the opportunity to own her own restaurant’s over the years. She owned and operated Castle Gardens Restaurant during her marriage with Rick, the Black Knight Restaurant in Reading, Minnesota, and Shirley’s Restaurant in New Richland. During another season of life Shirley worked for the Faribault State Hospital in the laundry unit for many years.

Shirley was faithful in using the gifts she was giving from our father above, and that was her homemade cooking and being service oriented. You would find Shirley either feeding the old so they can stay home and endure the best quality of life, teaching an old dear friend or a new found friendship how to cook or you would just find yourself with the privilege with an invitation to an evening of entertainment for a home cooked meal along with great company and laughter.

Sitting idle was never an interest for Shirley even after retirement she became a private cook to a local farming family. Shirley was always committed to her family, friendships and her hard work ethic.

She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in April 2016, but Shirley never wavered, she was courageous, continued to have strength and not give up, hope by enduring and accepting the gift God will grant by either prolonging her life here on earth with her family and friends, or to be brought to her next journey with Christ. Shirley’s faith continued to grow and she was so ready to meet her Father in Heaven. Shirley passed away peacefully on Monday, November 7, 2016, at the Northfield Hospital with her immediate family by her side, holding hands and in prayer encouraging Shirley to go home to Jesus. The family promised to carry her torch and the great responsibility and love she had for her family being the “glue”.

Shirley is survived by two daughters Jody (Cory) Ulrich of Dodge Center, Julie (Tony) Malecha of Northfield, seven grandchildren Amber Kreidemacher, Megan Bongers, Hanna Jo Bongers, Zachary Bongers, Dylan Stadler, Jana Kreatz, Cory Ulrich and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Eloise, her stepfather Kenneth (Andy) Anderson, a grandson Jake Tyler Malecha and two brothers Vernon and Lonnie Loken.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, beginning at 11 am at Rejoice Church with Pastor Zach Thompson officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, November 14 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Bierman Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service in the church. Burial will be at Prairie Creek Cemetery rural Northfield. Followed by lunch at the VFW.


  1. Robin Montanye (Sather)

    So sorry for your loss. Many years ago while I was a young teenager I would be called on to babysit the girls.

  2. Robin Headline

    I have many memories that cause smiles when I think of Shirley. So sorry to hear of her passing. Jody & family, Julie and Family, I pray that you all find strength in each other and smiles from your memories, of such a fun loving woman that you were blessed to call Mom. May you all find comfort in Gods promise of eternal life, knowing that in time you will be reunited with her. God Bless you!! Yes — YOU!!

  3. Jody; I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Know that I am praying for you all to find peace of heart during this sad time. Hugs Jayne & Kent Buck