Shirley Offermann

shirley offermann
Shirley E. Offermann, 91, passed away peacefully January 13, 2019 at the Strasburg Care Center. Shirley Eloise Sternberg was born October 22, 1927 in Valley City, ND to William & Mabel Sternberg. She grew up in Tower City, ND and graduated high school in 1945. Shirley attended Interstate Business College in Fargo and later worked at Equitable Life Insurance Co. She also worked at Kindred Oil Company for more than 15 years. On October 15, 1949 she married James Severson. They lived in Fargo, West Fargo and in 1957 moved to James’s family farm at Kindred, ND. Shirley & James had two daughters, Brenda Jean, and Jamie Jo. James died in a farm accident May 27, 1966. A few months later Shirley and the girls moved into Kindred. On May 22, 1976 Shirley married Alphons Offermann. They continued to live in Kindred until Alfie passed away May 20, 2009. Shirley then moved to Linton, ND and later the Strasburg Care Center in 2013. She leaves her two daughters Brenda (Paul) Benedict, Linton ND and Jamie (Brad) Carlson, Anchorage, AK; four grandchildren, Tracy (Jody) Mulder, James (Maretta) Benedict, Stephanie (Will) Pinkey, and Mandi (Brian) Moore; and eight great-grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by her parents, both husbands, two brothers, Robert and Cleon Sternberg, one great grandchild, and a sister-like cousin, Edna Sternberg Hanson. Shirley was a member of Norman Lutheran Church and the Kindred American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling to Anchorage and Norway, playing the piano, whist, and bingo, and doing ‘word search’. Memorials preferred to the American Legion Auxiliary or Norman Lutheran church in Kindred.

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  1. Brenda and family, You have our deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom.
    I always enjoyed at least saying hi to her when we saw her in the Care Center. She usually had a smile on her face and a chipper “hello”.
    And, she had a very pretty singing voice.
    We will miss seeing you at the Care Center when we both were visiting our Mom’s. But, rest assured, she’s using that pretty singing voice to praise our Lord in Heaven.
    If you EVER need anything, I am in the phone book.

  2. Brenda & Paul & families,
    So sorry for the loss of your Mom, Mother in law,Grandmother. My heart is Very heavy for you all. It’s so difficult to lose that last parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Brenda and family, I enjoyed knowing Shirley and visiting with her at the SCC. I especially will remember that she took pride in her appearance. In chapel services I could hear her pretty soprano voice. She certainly left a legacy of love for her family and kindness to all people. RIP Shirley.

  4. Brenda and Jamie: Many great memories coming to Kindred as a child and hanging with you and the family. Your Mom was a very strong and kind lady. Keep all the great memories of your Mom close to your heart. My thoughts and prayer are with you! Love and hugs C

  5. My condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of mourning. Rest In Peace Shirley

  6. Hi Jamie and Brenda. My heart aches for you as you grieve the loss of your dear mom. So many “Kindred memories” of Shirley and the whole family are vivid in my mind and I’ll always cherish them, and you! God’s peace and love to you.
    Sincerely, Sonja (Evenson) ❤️

  7. So sorry to hear your mom passed away. I did not know, till I received your sympathy card, along with you letter. Shirley was a wonderful lady, we both loved her. Both Adam and Shirley, never new they would arrive in heaven within days of each other. but both are at peace now, and that is important to me

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