Shirley Krenz, age 80, of Wheaton, MN, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Traverse Care Center in Wheaton after a furious and short battle with cancer. Her family was by her side.

A Memorial Service for Shirley Ann Krenz will be held Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the farm (7542 710th Ave/County Road 11 N) at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Greg Olson officiating. Please join the family in celebrating Shirley’s life beginning at 1:00 p.m. followed by the service and an open house reception.

Shirley Ann Smith was born on April 16, 1937 in Pipestone, MN, the daughter of Woodrow and Anna Smith. She graduated from Wheaton High School in 1955. Shirley was a mother and housewife for many years, then returned to school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked at the Wheaton Community Hospital for ten years. Shirley was also co-founder and Executive Vice President of Spectrum Aeromed, which, for over 20 years, made medical ambulance transport systems for aircraft until the business was sold in 2007.

Shirley was united in marriage to James Krenz on February 25, 1956. The couple farmed outside of Wheaton for over thirty years. They raised three children on the farm.

Shirley enjoyed reading, traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends. She loved flying with George, her partner of thirty years, and they were chartered members of the Fargo Air Museum. Shirley was active with the International Comanche Society and attended their conventions annually.

Shirley is survived by her children; Jay Lichtsinn, Fargo, ND; Tamara Krenz, Erie, CO; and Robert Krenz, Boulder, CO; grandchildren: Anna Marohl, Adam Lichtsinn, Jade Erickson, Samantha Strugar, Samantha Pardee, Will Leipold, Jordan Grant-Krenz, and Jacob Grant-Krenz; great-grandchildren: Laikyn and Addison Marohl; siblings: Sharon Smith of Minneapolis, MN; Maureen Underdahl of Adams, MN; Jeane Olson of Glendale, AZ; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow and Anna Smith, her sister, Marlene Smith, brother David Smith and great-grandson Max.

The Bainbridge Funeral Home of Wheaton, Minnesota is in charge of arrangements.

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