Shirley (Adamek) Nelson

On March 14, 2023 Shirley (Adamek) Nelson got her wings and went to walk with the angels.

Shirley resided at Walker Methodist Lavande in Cambridge, Minnesota. She battled with dementia for some time.

Shirley Marie (Adamek) Nelson was born on May 21, 1939 in Milbank, South Dakota to Adolph and Angeline (Miles) Adamek. Shirley’s parents moved to Minnesota to raise their family on their farm in East Bethel, Minnesota. Shirley graduated from St. Francis High School in June 1957. She met the love of her life and married Bertil (Bert) Nelson on June 22, 1957 where they made their home on their farm in Athens Township. It is there she raised her two children with love and devotion, Paulette and Paul.

Shirley was a stay at home wife and mother. She had a great love for living the farm life and all the farm animals. Shirley had a huge passion for gardening, harvesting & canning all the delicious fruits of the garden and preparing meals for her family. She loved flowers indoors and out. Family camping, snowmobiling were other activities she enjoyed with her family and friends. She spent countless hours playing cards and games with her sisters, daughter, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.

In 1987 Shirley and Bert retired the farm life and moved to Arizona where they resided for 22 years making many friends and memories in the south. They would return to Minnesota every summer to spend time with their family. In 2009 they moved back to Minnesota permanently to be closer to their family.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents Angeline and Adolph Adamek, husband Bert and sibling Robert (Bob) Adamek. Shirley is survived by her daughter Paulette (Mark) Sanford of Brook Park; son, Paul (Holly) Nelson of East Bethel; sisters, Jean Peterson of Cambridge, Kaye Maust of Cambridge; five grandchildren: Angeline, Mark, Erin, Tiffany and Cody; several great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Sunday, April 30 at Strike Life Tributes in Cambridge. Interment will be in Athen’s Lutheran Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

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