Shirley Jermstad

shirley jermstad
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Shirley (Hagen) Jermstad, 82, passed away at her home April 4, 2022, in Davenport, North Dakota. Shirley was delivered into this world November 7, 1939 in her mother’s bed in Hamilton Township of Marshall County, South Dakota by her Grandmother Abbas. She grew up second youngest of eleven children near Fort Sisseton and Lee Lake where her love for swimming and lakes began and continued throughout her life. She attended Waverly #4 for grades one through eight and would go on to graduate from Britton High School. She was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Britton. Shirley went to Northern State following graduation and taught at Sisseton #4 school for one year. She would graduate magna cum laude from Northern State in August of 1961. On June 26, 1965, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Clarence Wayne Jermstad at First Lutheran Church in Britton, SD. They had two sons together: Wayne Alan and James Joel. Shirley loved to teach, especially young children and served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. She taught for the Kindred and Davenport schools for over twenty-five years. She also loved the arts, both playing music and acting on stage. She taught herself to play the organ and spent much of her adult life playing for her church, Davenport Lutheran in Davenport, ND. She was also a member of both the Davenport Mother Goose Players as well as the Birdcage Theater Players where she found herself in her element and shined on stage. Above all her loves stood her love for God and her strong faith and service. In addition to spending many Sundays playing the organ for services and teaching Sunday school, she was proud to serve on her church council and as President of the Ladies Church Organization. Shirley is survived by her husband Clarence; sons, James Jermstad and Wayne (Shawna) Jermstad; grandchildren, Johnathan, Faith, Grace, and Hope Jermstad; and sisters, Helen Holdridge, Marge Hoglund, Bonnie Gerken, Arlene Cook; and sister-in-law Juell Hagen. She is preceded in death by her parents and a few siblings. Funeral services will take place at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center Monday, April 18, 2022, at 11 AM with a visitation one hour prior. Burial will take place following the service at the Davenport North Cemetery in Davenport, ND. All are welcome to attend, for those unable, the service will be livestreamed on the funeral home website.

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  1. Sympathies for the family. She was a wonderful lady. Enjoyed working with her at the Kindred School.

    Jean Peterson

  2. So sorry for your loss. I treasure the years that Shirley and I taught together. She was a wonderful person. Darrell and I send our sympathies.

  3. So sorry to hear this. She was a very sweet lady. She was my second grade teacher in Kindred, and she always remembered me. No mention in the obituary of her teaching in Kindred? My sympathies to her family.

  4. So very sorry for your loss. She was quite the lady and we so enjoyed the times we spent together with the boys. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. I loved working with Shirley at the Kindred School! She loved her job and students thrived because she cared so much! Shirley had such theater talent at Birdcage Theater in Davenport! She had a great family too!

  6. She was such a joy. I am proud to be her nephew & to have had the honor of knowing her. We will miss her tons but, know we will see her again in heaven some day. I’m quite sure she is brightening everyone’s day there also.

  7. Shirley cared for her students and was fun to work with. A beautiful soul like Shirley will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  8. I’ll always remember her by the smile she would greet me with whenever we would see each other. She always made feel welcomed & important at family gatherings.

  9. My deepest sympathy is extended to you in your loss of Shirley. I loved my time with her in her classroom for many years. She was one of the best.

  10. My deepest sympathies. I remember Shirley fondly from growing up in Davenport. She was such a kind lady.

  11. We lost a dear friend with Shirley’s passing. Our sympathy to Clarence, Wayne and his family and Jim. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Darrell and Carol


  12. My Deepest Sympathies to Shirley’s family. I always loved visiting with her. In spite of her health, she always had a smile and conversation.

  13. So sorry for your loss, Shirley was a lovely lady. She taught my boys in Kindred. Hugs and prayers to the family.

  14. Dear Aunt Shirley, I have admired and loved you always! You helped me when I began teaching kindergarten and I still have notes you took time to write! You always encouraged me in all things!

  15. Thoughts and prayers for the Jermstad family. Shirley touched the lives of each of her students at Davenport School in a positive manner. Rest in peace, Shirley.

  16. So sorry for the loss of our dear Aunt Shirley. My deepest sympathies to Uncle Clarence, Jim, Wayne and family. From the first times I can remember Aunt Shirley always made you feel loved and welcomed. Her beautiful smile and laugh and wonderful stories! Sitting at grandma’s at the piano with Shirley, she always warmed your heart. Thoughts and prayers are with you, love you.

  17. My deepest sympathy and utmostst respect for “Mom”. I regret not being able to attend, but hold you, my other family, in my heart.

  18. My sincere sympathy to the Jermstad family and the many friends of Shirley. She will be greatly missed.

  19. Shirley was a great teacher and kind human to all of us kids( in school and in church) I will remember her always.

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