Burial took place at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.
Mrs. Thortsen passed away Thursday, July 24, 2008, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Shirley Ann Thortsen, the daughter of George and Elsie (Schlaak) Gerlach, was born Dec. 17, 1944, in Hanley Falls, Minn. She received her early education and graduated from the Hanley Falls High School. Following her schooling, she worked at a Swift Plant in Marshall, Minn. Shirley then moved to Spencer in 1969 and worked at the Tangney Hotel for a couple of years and then for over 31 years she worked at Spencer National until her retirement.
Shirley married Gerald Thortsen on Oct. 10, 1970 at the Tangney Hotel in Spencer.
She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Marie; and two brothers: Eddy and Al.
Shirley is survived by her husband, Gerald of Spencer; two daughters: Dorene Nelson and her husband, Duane of Jackson, Minn., and Robyn Jessen of Northfield, Minn.; son, Michael Thortsen of Normal, Ill.; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren; sister, Esther Gerlach of Marion, Wis.; two brothers: George Gerlach and his wife, Jill, and Benny Gerlach and his wife, Jody -- all of Texas; and two sisters-in-law: Joann Gerlach of Cottonwood, Minn., and Barb Gerlach of Mankato, Minn..
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer was in charge of arrangements