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Shirley Vivian Leger

September 13, 1938 — January 18, 2018

Shirley Vivian Leger passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, January 18th, 2018 in Brook Park at the age of 79. She leaves behind her son Terry (Wendy) Leger, daughters Julie (LeeRoy Salyers), Debra and Roxanne Leger as well as 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Shirley was born on September 13th, 1938 in Braham, Minnesota to Gladys Waschenbecker. She grew up in Pine City with her mother and brother, Harold Waschenbecker. She graduated from Pine City High School in 1956.

After graduation she married the love of her life, Ronald Leger on July 28th, 1956. They went on to build a life and raise their 5 children in Brook Park. In 1985 Ron decided to waltz across Texas with his “Baby Cakes” in his arms. They lived there a few years and created many great memories. She worked at Motorola and really enjoyed her job. While they loved Texas they decided to go back to Brook Park and lived out the rest of their lives there.

Shirley had a passion for animals and all things living. Her dog, Penny was her pride and joy. She spoiled her rotten. Penny never left Shirley’s side. Shirley also loved flowers and plants. She felt they too have feelings just as any other living thing. She saw her first lady slipper in St. Croix National Park and was in absolute awe of its beauty. It was a story told for the rest of her days. Donating to charities such as the American Humane Society, American Cancer Society and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital proved her love was not just for people she knew.

Shirley had a heart of gold and everyone knew it. She had friends from all over and really enjoyed visits from loved ones near and far. Although sometimes not feeling well, she would always do her best to make everyone happy. She was known as “Grandma Grape” to her grandchildren. They absolutely adored her.

She also had a great love for God and always knew she would walk with Jesus in the garden. It comforts all of her loved ones knowing she is doing exactly that.

Shirley is preceded in death by her mother Gladys Waschenbecker; daughter Brenda Leger; husband Ronald Leger; grandson Ronald “Beeno” Martini; great-granddaughter Tina Greene; brother Harold Waschenbecker.

Pastor Marvin Miller will officiate funeral services for Shirley: 2 PM; Tuesday, (1/23/18) at the Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City with music being provided by Wyatt Freitag. A time of visitation and reviewal is planned for one hour prior to the service at the chapel. The interment will take place at Brook Park Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to:  Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City ~ Swanson Chapel


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