Shirleen Howieson, 70
Zumbrota – A Memorial Service for Shirleen Howieson was held Sept. 20, 2011, at United Redeemer Lutheran Church in Zumbrota. The Rev. Tom Isaacson officiated. Inurnment was in Hillside Cemetery in Claremont. Mrs. Howieson, age 70, a former and longtime resident of Delavan, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at Sunset Homes Living, rural Oronoco, where she had recently resided.
Ada Mae Shirleen Charlson was born Aug. 5, 1941, in Lake Mills, Iowa, the daughter of Edgar and Josephine Charlson. Raised in Lake Mills, she was a graduate of Lake Mills High School. She then attended Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. On Aug. 29, 1964, in Lake Mills, she married John Howieson. As a Licensed Practical Nurse, she worked briefly in the neurosurgery department at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and then at University Hospital in the Twin Cities. In 1971 the Howiesons moved to Delavan, and Mrs. Howieson continued working as an LPN at nursing homes in Winnebago and Mapleton. She was a trainer in CPR and First-Aid, and was involved with the Red Cross. Her compassion as a nurse extended to the animals she loved. Shirleen’s sense of humor and caring nature brightened the lives of many friends and family, but especially those who attended the Friday Morning Coffee Talks in her kitchen.
She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Delavan, and was actively involved in the church’s music program and she served as a Sunday School Teacher.
She is survived by three daughters, Susan (Steven) Jystad, of Zumbrota, Sara (Jim) Howieson-Wingert, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Stephanie (Stephen) Fabiilli, of Ashland, Wis.; son, John (Mechelle) Howieson, of Lake Park; four grandchildren, Turi, Torger, Inga and John; brother, John (Cathy) Charlson, of Lake Mills; and her honorary daughter, Annie Howieson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Howieson, in 2002; her parents, Edgar and Josephine Charlson; a sister, Ruth Charlson; and a brother, Jerry Charlson.