Shirley L. (Blix) Steckel

May 23, 1930 ~ April 7, 2018 (age 87)

Shirley Lou (Blix) Steckel died on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Chosen Valley Care Center after suffering a stroke on April 2.

She was born on May 23, 1930 in Stillwater, Minnesota to Effie (Neste) and Clifford Blix.  Following graduation from Ladysmith High School, Shirley attended Saint Olaf College and later graduated from Luther Hospital School of Nursing in Eau Claire.

On August 29, 1953 Shirley married Everett Steckel in Ladysmith, WI.  For their entire married life, the couple lived in Fountain City where Everett taught at the high school and Shirley worked as a nurse and administrator at St. Michael’s Home for the Aged.  She was a member of Central Lutheran Church in Winona.

Shirley is survived by one daughter, Turi (Michael) Fryer, Stewartville, MN; two granddaughters: Rev. Kirsten (Dr. Justin Kolb), Cairo, Egypt and Lauren Fryer, Stewartville, MN; a great granddaughter Joanna Lou Fryer Kolb, Cairo, Egypt; a brother-in-law Richard (Kathy) Steckel, Merrill, WI; and a sister-in-law Sandra Steckel, Ludington, MI.

Shirley requested a private family service at the time of burial in Earl, WI.

A Celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at Central Lutheran Church in Winona, MN on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. with visitation starting at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Shirley and her family request memorials to be directed to Central Lutheran Church, Mayo Clinic or University of Wisconsin Stroke Research or a charity of choice.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Fountain City, WI and Winona, MN. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at


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