In Memory of

Shirley Joanne Engstrom

November 10, 1935 - October 16, 2018
From: Fort Dodge, IA

   Harcourt- Shirley J. Engstrom, 82, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Friendship Haven, Fort Dodge. 

   Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Church in Harcourt with Pastor Rod Meyer officiating. Burial will be in Lost Grove Township Cemetery near Harcourt. A visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie.

   Shirley is survived by his son, James (Kim) Engstrom of Harcourt; Linda (Dean) Rambow of Lindstrom, MN; Nancy (Todd) Clay of Callendar; grandchildren, Austin Engstrom; Heidi (Richard) Hall; Lincoln Clay and brother, Bruce Nelson of Peoria, AZ.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Stella (Stewart) Nelson; husband, Elery; daughter-in-law, Brenda and brother, Marvin Nelson.

  Shirley Joanne Nelson was born November 10, 1935 in Fort Dodge. She graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School and then attended Midland College in Wahoo, NE. On July 14, 1957, Shirley was united in marriage to Elery Engstrom. Besides helping Elery farm, Shirley worked various jobs. She worked at the Smith’s Meat Market in Gowrie, Warehouse Market in Fort Dodge, Blue Willow in Harcourt and CJ Banks. Shirley and Elery loved to dance, especially at the Bohemian Hall. Shirley was a traveler; enjoyed camping with her family, bus trips and even took a few cruises. She enjoyed baking for her family and friends, who loved eating her rye breads and tea rings. She was a dedicated volunteer at Friendship Haven, an active member of Faith Lutheran Church and a member of the WELCA. She will be dearly missed by her family, which was the most important thing in her life.

    Memorials may be left to the family’s discretion.

Funeral Services
2:00 p.m. - Sunday
October 21, 2018
Faith Lutheran Church
Harcourt, Iowa
Pastor Rod Meyer
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Palmer Funeral Home
Gowrie, Iowa
Lost Grove Township Cemetery
Harcourt, Iowa


Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 3:40 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Lori ingoglia LE ILa’s granddaughter

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 6:45 AM
“My sincere sympathies at the death of your mother & grandmother. May you find peace & comfort knowing Shirley now rests from her labors in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. ”
- Pr. Janelle Siffring

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 5:12 PM
“Bruce, Jim, Linda, Nancy and Grandchildren, I was so saddened to hear of your Mom's passing yesterday. Although cousins, we didn't get to see each other often enough. I will always remember her presence at family events, etc. as she always brought friendliness, good food, happiness, energy, pep and eagerness to do anything anywhere anytime! She was a great cook and I loved her rye bread and tea rings as well! I will miss knowing she is no longer living on Kansas Ave but know all the fun you kid/grandkids had there on the farm with her and your Dad! We are thinking of you all in the upcoming days and I know your fun memories of her will bring you comfort and peace.”
- Judy Larson Martinson

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