Shirley Leddy, age 79, of Stockholm, died Friday, October 30, 2015, at her home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank with Father Gary DeRouchey celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the Milbank City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Mundwiler Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. and will continue for one hour prior to the time of Mass at the church on Tuesday.
Casket bearers will be Shirley’s grandchildren: Kiera, Kadon, Korbin, Chad, Josh, and Jamie Leddy.
Shirley Marie Jurgens was born October 7, 1936 at Milbank, South Dakota the daughter of Bernard and Mary (Flack) Jurgens, sisters Mary Louise, and Patricia later joined the family. The family resided on a farm north of Milbank. Shirley was baptized and confirmed at St. Lawrence Church in Milbank. She attended grade school at Melrose School #9, and graduated from Milbank High School in 1954. She attended Northern State College where she earned her teaching degree. She taught in Grant Center Township until she married Arlo Leddy on June 16th, 1956 in the St. Lawrence Church, Milbank, and they resided on the Evergreen Farm near South Shore, SD until they moved to their current farm near Stockholm, SD.
They raised three sons, David, Daniel, and Donald Leddy. Shirley was a homemaker and helped with the record keeping of the family grain bin business and their livestock enterprise. She was an active member of her community and served as the Peppy Pals 4-H Club Leader, South Shore School Board member, and member of the Harmony Helpers Extension Club for many years. She faithfully attended her Monday morning bible study in Stockholm, SD. She was proud of her Stockholm community and enjoyed coffee, meals, and fellowship daily at Alice’s Restaurant. Shirley took great pride in attending her grandchildren, Kiera, Kadon, and Korbin’s school and 4-H activities. Shirley loved to bake and made memorable homemade meals for family gatherings. She taught her grandchildren how to bake and can pickles and freeze sweetcorn. Shirley enjoyed keeping up on current events, and through her husband’s service in the South Dakota State Legislature took interest in politics. Shirley loved and took pride in her family. Her love, and generosity will forever be present in our hearts and memories. Shirley passed peacefully at her farm residence in rural Stockholm on October 30th, 2015.
She was preceded in death by her parents Bernard (3-13-96), and Mary (1-30-99) Jurgens, her sister Mary Louise Schmidt (12-5-89), her sister Pat Berkner (3-13-96), her husband Arlo Leddy (2-27-98), and one son, David Leddy (11-13-08).
She is survived by two sons, Dan of Weatherford, Texas; Donnie and wife Krecia, of Stockholm, SD; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Jim Berkner; brother-in-law, Gene Leddy, brother-in-law, Dale Leddy; and many nieces and nephews.