SHIRLEY M. DEFOEShirley Marie Defoe "Giizhigookwe," 69, of Cloquet, passed away May 15, 2013, at 12:35 p.m. with her son at her side.
SHIRLEY M. DEFOE
Shirley Marie Defoe "Giizhigookwe," 69, of Cloquet, passed away May 15, 2013, at 12:35 p.m. with her son at her side. Although her passing was unexpected, she went peacefully and without pain.
Shirley worked at Conwed, UMD School of Medicine, Bemidji State College as Director for Native Americans in Medicine and retired from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in 2007. She also served on the Cloquet School Board.
Shirley was a pivotal member of the Fond du Lac Reservation, as well as much of her family. She had a deep love for her "girls," Shi Shi and Zoey (dogs), as well as for her friends and family. She traveled often, most recently returning from her "dream trip" and made it back to Minnesota, where her heart will remain, but her spirit will always be free.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Margaret Dufault; nephews Michael Lund and Greg DuFault; and sister-in-law Priscilla Defoe.
Shirley is survived by her son, Brian (Ruth) Ostoff; grandson Jordan; siblings Russell (June) DuFault, Margaret "Peggy" (Robert) Lund, Peter Defoe, Donald (Dorothy Yadon) Defoe and Carol (Richard) Hayward; many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: 5-8 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. vigil prayer service, Tuesday, May 21, in the Handevidt Funeral Home, 900 Washington Ave. and 10 until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Wednesday, May 22, in Queen of Peace Church, 102 Fourth Ave., Cloquet.
Interment at New Holy Family Cemetery in Cloquet. To leave an online condolence for Shirley's family, please visit www.handevidtfh.com.
Arrangements with Handevidt Funeral & Cremation Service, (218) 879-4636.