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Shirley Markham

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Shirley O. (Duenow) Markham, age 95, of Osage, died Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Faith Lutheran Home in Osage. Shirley was born May 30, 1917, at home near St. Ansgar, the daughter of Carl A. and Edna (Koster) Duenow. She graduated from St. Ansgar High School. Shirley was united in marriage to Glenn Markham on March 31, 1937. They farmed in Burr Oak Township until 1965, when they moved to Osage. They owned and operated Plaza Caf for 17 years until retirement. Shirley was a member of Sacred Heart Guild and Bible group and was a long time member of MI Club. She enjoyed flower gardening and baking. Shirley is survived by three daughters, Janice (John) Dempsey of Osage, Joan Blake of St. Ansgar, Pat (Roger) Karau of Elko, MN; four sons, Ron (Kris) Markham of New Hampton, Rick (Marge) Markham of Osage, Bob (Kate) Markham of Lakeside, CA, Keith (Jessi) Markham of Gig Harbor, WA; 23 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, Kenneth Duenow of St. Ansgar, Merlyn Duenow of Montgomery, MN, John (Sally) Duenow of Liberty Lake, WA, and a sister, Margaret (Larry) Runtch of Rochester, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband Glenn a son, Bill, a daughter, Barbara, a granddaughter, Carol Shannon, brothers, Wayne and Carl and a sister, Eleanor. Cemetery: Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Osage. Ron and Kris along with their family would like to thank Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home for their assistance with the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage, with a rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a scripture service at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 1, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage with Msgr. John Hemann, celebrating.

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  1. My sympathies are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Remembering the joys and laughter will ease your hearts and souls.

  2. Deepest sympathy to all the Markham families. May the memories you have bring smiles and peace to each of you. My thoughts prayers are with you all during this time. Bonnie Huegel

  3. Ron, Kris family, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you and to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. God Bless.

  4. Ron, Kris, family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. May you cherish all of the good memories you shared with your Mother. She has now entered her Heavenly kingdom and may she rest in peace.

  5. Ron, Kris, and Family My sympathy extended to you on the death of your Mother and may all her greatest memories comfort you at this time.

  6. To the Markham family, You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Remember all your good times with her. They will comfort you and know she is in good hands.

  7. Ron and Kris – Please accept my deepest sympathy. We havent forgotten your kindness and professionalism when my dad died. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Ann Grober

  8. Ron, Chris, Liz, So Sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. Having just went through it, You are in our thoughts prayers. God Bless, Deb Don Family

  9. Ron, Kris, and the entire family of Shirley, Our prayers to you all on the passing of Shirley. God bless her and keep her. Bob and Brenda

  10. Dear Ron and family, We are so sorry to hear of your mothers death. We will be out-of-state during the time of her services, but will keep you all in our prayers. May your memories bring you comfort. Sincerely, Judy and Dean

  11. Ron and Kris, Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May God Bless you and your family at this time. Glen and Betty

  12. We wanted you to know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Many blessings of comfort to you. Sincerely, Nancy and Tom Ryan

  13. Grandma I will always remember the cribbage games and the big northern pike you caught up in MN. We love you and will miss you but you are with the ones we lost before. And when I celebrate my birthday I will be celebrating your new voyage .

  14. I will always think of you when I watch Brady Bunch and Julia Childs re-runs. I always enjoyed watching those with you and asking if you would make Jared and I the food Julia would make and you would say “oh yeah right”. Say hello to all those who have gone before.

  15. Grandma Jan, Grandpa John, and Markham Family- Thoughts are with all of you right now. Wish we were closer and could be there with you. Love to all! XOXO – Errin, Jerry, Allison, and Delaney

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