Shirley Mae (Nord) Rodenbiker, 87, of Cando, died Sept. 2, 2012, at the Towner County Living Center in Cando.
She was born Feb. 3, 1925, to Calmer and Martha Nord. She graduated valedictorian from Hansboro High School, working through high school as a hair stylist and playing piano and trumpet in a dance band.
Shirley married John E. "Jack" Rodenbiker on June 14, 1942. They farmed together near Rock Lake until 1989, when Jack died. Shirley has since lived in Cando.
Shirley was very active in the Lutheran Church as Sunday school teacher, member of the choir and LWML, acting as a delegate to the International Convention in Houston, Texas. She joined Cando Lutheran Church after moving to Cando in 1989. Shirley was an active member of many organizations: PTA, Homemakers, Senior Citizens (board member on Senior Meals and Services), Hospital Auxiliary (treasurer), Sons of Norway (enjoyed the Norsk Hostfest for 26 years), Red Hat Society (Queen Mother), Bunco Club, and the Community Concert Series.
Shirley also belonged to several travel clubs and enjoyed trips through all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and eight foreign countries. She loved good entertainment, loved playing cards especially pinochle, and was an avid reader.
Shirley was multitalented and had several hobbies. She knitted, crocheted, quilted, was a talented cook and seamstress, did ceramics, china painting and oil painting, and did hardanger and rosemaling. Shirley and Jack loved to dance, play cards, were on bowling leagues, and were active members of the Farmers Union. She loved learning and encouraged her children and grandchildren in their pursuits.
Shirley is survived by: four children, Marcia Banderet, of Milford, Mass., Dianne Garber, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Ronald (JoAnn) Rodenbiker, of Rock Lake, and Darcy (Jean) Bilke-Rodenbiker, Bloomington, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two sisters, LaVonne Copley, of Harbor City, Calif., and Norma Peterson, of Beaverton, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack; son, John; great-grandson, Joshua; and sister, Barbara.
Memorials: The family asks that memorials be given in memory of Shirley to the All Nations Lutheran Cemetery Fund in Rock Lake.
Visitation: Starting at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 4, 2012, at the Cando Lutheran Church of Cando and continuing until the time of services.
Services: Today, 1 p.m., at the Cando Lutheran Church of Cando.
Interment: Today at 3 p.m. at the All Nations Cemetery of Rock Lake.
(Dunnigan Dix Funeral Home, Cando)