December 10, 1934 ~ January 4, 2023
Shirley Diane (Fugleberg) Brunsdale, 88, entered her eternal resting place on January 4, 2023, with her devoted husband, William, by her side. Funeral services will be Boulger Funeral Home on Thursday, January 12th at 3:00 PM with visitation beginning at 2:00.
Shirley was born on December 10, 1934, in Mayville, ND to Clarence and Selma (Severson) Fugleberg. She was confirmed at Mayville Lutheran Church in 1949 and graduated from Mayville High School in 1952. She graduated with a 4-year teaching degree in Elementary Education and English from Mayville State College in 1955. Shirley was recruited by the Fargo Public Schools to help open Lewis and Clark Elementary in the fall of 1955, teaching there for 2 years. When she and Bill married, the Fargo Schools did not employ married couples at that point; they then ventured into Minnesota to teach. They taught at Mahnomen, MN from Fall of 1957 until their retirement in 1991. During that time, Shirley taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Additionally, she coached girls’ tennis at Mahnomen High School winning regional championships in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1988.
Shirley met the love of her life, William, in 1st grade. They were lifelong partners in many adventures. Shirley and William (Bill) married at Mayville Lutheran Church June 17, 1956. They moved to Mahnomen in 1957 and created a loving home to bring their children, Karen and Barbara, into. They were devoted parents following their children’s activities in school and church. Education was important to Shirley and Bill, making sure their “girls” could attend college and beyond. They also considered creating family memories very important through travel, taking the family on vacations to the East Coast, national parks, Hawaii, and Europe.
Shirley and Bill truly enjoyed a long and fun-filled retirement. They traveled extensively to Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, and throughout the United States. They enjoyed 26 wonderful years at their home in Arizona, as well as their family lake home in Park Rapids, MN.
Grateful to have shared her life is her husband, William, Fargo; daughters, Karen (Rodney) Hardie of Fargo, ND, and Barbara (John) Wells of Hilliard, Ohio; grandchildren: Ilissa, Evan, and Elizabeth Hardie of Fargo, ND; John Jr, Jacob, Jared Wells of Hilliard, Ohio and Yasmine Wells of Fargo, ND. Brother: Lyle (Charley Ann) Fugleberg of Winter Park, FL; Nephews and nieces: Carol Johnson of Denver, CO, Beth Fugleberg (Ron Qual) of Jamestown, ND, John (Shawn) Fugleberg, of Woodbury, MN, Jeffrey Fugleberg (Ryun Brunson) of Westbury (Long Island), NY, Leslie Lynch of Winter Park, FL, Kerry Barr of Maitland, FL, Doug (Carol) Fugleberg of Tampa, FL, Frederick (Lori) Coleman of Phoenix, AZ, and Mark (Laurie) Coleman, of Erskine, MN.
Preceding Shirley in death are her parents and her brother, Marlan.
Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church in Fargo.