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Shirley Albertson

Shirley M. Albertson, 87, Audubon, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, in St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester.

Shirley Maxine Van Hyfte was born March 17, 1921, in Lisbon, N.D., to August and Elizabeth (Catoor) Van Hyfte. She grew up in Lisbon, graduating from Lisbon High School in 1939. As a young lady, Shirley worked at the Ben Franklin Store in Lisbon. On June 26, 1941, she married Arne Albertson. Together, they farmed near Lisbon until 1955, when both she and Arne moved into the city of Lisbon and worked for Moll's Appliance. In 1959, Shirley went to work for Howell Drug and continued her employment there until 1965. They moved to Moorhead, and Shirley worked for Engeleter Drug and Montgomery Ward before taking a job with the Fargo Clinic where she was a telephone operator until her retirement. In 1981, when Arne and Shirley moved to Big Cormorant Lake near Detroit Lakes, and they began enjoying their retirement years together. In 1990, Arne passed away. Shirley continued living at Big Cormorant Lake during the summers and resided in either Fargo or Detroit Lakes during the winters.

Shirley enjoyed playing bridge with friends, knitting, crocheting and quilt making. One of her enjoyments during the summer was tending to and watching her garden grow and when the time was right, she would start canning the vegetables. She wrote a book about her life before, during and after the Great Depression.

Shirley is survived by her sons, Ron (aka Keith), Wonder Lake, Ill., Cliff (Myra), Sauk Rapids; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arne; daughter-in-law, Linda; two sisters and their husbands, Florence (Craig) Mead and Mildred (Ralph) Briggs.

The funeral is Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes, with Father Jerry Rogers officiating.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 4:30 to 7p.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and will continue one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. An online guestbook is available at