July 4, 1926 - February 27, 2017


A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March, 3 2017 at St. Mary’s Cathedral (Upper Church) in St. Cloud for Shirley F. Thielman, age 90, of St. Cloud who passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. Reverend Scott Pogatchnik will officiate. Entombment will take place at Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud

Family and friends may call after 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the Church. Arrangements are with the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud.

Shirley was born on July 4, 1926 in Melrose, Minnesota to John and Edna (Snyder) Schwegman. Shirley went to Tech High School graduating in 1944 and at the age of 18 she had a Civil Service job as a secretary for the Federal Government in Washington, DC. Upon returning to St. Cloud she worked at St. Cloud State University in the office of Admissions. She married Edward P. Thielman on November 29, 1947 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. Shirley worked for 30 years as a secretary at the St. Cloud V.A. Hospital. She was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral and Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Shirley loved her family (all of us) and her special friends near and far. Shirley loved being active and independent at her patio home and cabin hosting family gatherings for home cooked meals and celebrations. She loved anything outdoors; Avon Lake, camping at Eagle Lake with little ones and Briggs Lake fireworks. She and Ed loved RV traveling, especially settling in as winter Texans. For fun she loved casino bus trips and Skip Bo.

Shirley was a fabulous mom, a sweet, strong and independent woman all her life. Even at 90, her sharp memory might show ours up. Her positive energy and love for life will be missed by everyone who knew her. Today our family gives thanks and praise to God for the gift of our mother.

We would like to sincerely thank each staff member and volunteer at Quiet Oaks. They shared their love and compassion with Shirley and her grateful family. All Memorials will be forwarded to Quiet Oaks Hospice House, St. Augusta, MN.

She is survived by her children, Deb McNamara of Rosemount, Bob (Pat) of Apple Valley, Doug (Barb) of St. Cloud, and Mark (Sally) of Tucson, Arizona; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brother, John M. (Sandy) Schwegman of St. Cloud; sister, Kathleen (Schwegman)Anderson of Tucson, Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Ed in 2010; sister, Marion Romstad; brothers, Bob and Wayne Schwegman.