Shirley B. Engsberg, 93, formerly of Toronto and Clear Lake, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in the Hendricks Hospital.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto. Burial is in the Toronto City Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. The Houseman Funeral Home in Toronto is entrusted with the arrangements.
Shirley Bernice (Dokken) Ensberg was born on Aug. 18, 1919, on a homestead in Ziebeck County near Red Elm to Oscar and Johanna (Valle) Dokken.
The family moved to Deuel County in 1926. Shirley was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church.
She attended Fairview school near Astoria and went on to graduate from Brandt High School in 1938.
She continued her education at Eastern State Normal School in Madison and later attended Nettelton Business College in Sioux Falls. She taught school for two years and later worked at the Air Base in Sioux Falls and at the naval shipyards in California.
She married Sidney R. Ensberg on Sept. 1, 1947, in Hendricks Minn. The couple moved to Ames, Iowa, where Sidney attended Iowa State University. Sid’s first teaching position took them to Rock Rapids, Iowa, for five years.
In 1954, the family moved to the Ensberg family farm near Toronto, where they lived for 36 years. Shirley took a position at the Deuel County Treasurer’s Office in 1958 and later at the Deuel County National Bank. After 22 years working as a bank teller she retired in 1983. Shirley and Sid moved to Clear Lake in 1990.
They enjoyed an active retirement spending their time traveling, wintering in Arizona, spending time with family and friends and participating in community activities.
She remained in Clear Lake until 2006 when she moved to Lincoln Villa in Hendricks, Minn. She entered the Hendricks Nursing Home in April 2011.
Shirley enjoyed reading, cooking, and keeping up with current events. She was eager to try new things - an unusual recipe or traveling to a new place with family and friends.
She was anxious to know more about subjects that interested her from coin collecting to genealogy. She enjoyed attending Elder Hostels with Sid and her sister, Naomi at various universities.
She had a strong sense of family and drew strength from that and her Christian faith. She followed the activities of her immediate and extended family.
Shirley was known for her kindness and willingness to help family, friends and neighbors.
She was a long-time member of Leganger Lutheran Church where she served on many committees. She was a 52-year member of Erickson-Olson Post American Legion Auxiliary. She served on the advisory board of the Good Samaritan Center in Clear Lake and was active in other community organizations.
She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Drong of Austin, Minn.; a grandson; brother, Morris Dokken of Hendricks; sister-in-law, Sally Ensberg of Sioux Falls; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney; sister, Naomi Ide; brother, Kermit Dokken; sisters-in-law Ethyleen Dokken and Lavona Dokken; brother-in-law, Dorence Ensberg, and son-in-law Richard Drong.