Shirley May BakkeShirley May Bakke, 78, of Duluth, died in St. Luke's Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2014 of complications related to chronic lung infections.
Shirley May Bakke, 78, of Duluth, died in St. Luke's Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2014 of complications related to chronic lung infections.
Shirley was born to Ethel and Fred Durdin in Duluth.
She grew up in Duluth and graduated from East High School. She met Clifford Bakke in 1949 and they married in 1955. They lived in both Duluth and Iron River, Mich., for a number of years. For the past 37 years the Duluth's Woodland neighborhood has been their home. Shirley was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law and friend. Shirley bravely fought recurrent, debilitating symptoms of her chronic lung disease for over a decade.
She was a talented and generous - knitter, quilter, seamstress, embroiderer, painter and many more. But what Shirley loved most in this life was being a wife, mother and grandmother! She was also loved and appreciated by Cindy's wonderful friends and neighbor's "the Vermilionairs."
She was preceded in death by her parents; twin infant daughter and son; sister-in-law Irene Jonneson and dear friend Ray Cullen.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 58 years Cliff; daughter Cindy Martins; grandson Alexey Martins; granddog Otis; special girl Chloe Strand and best friend Joann Cullen. She is also survived by her sister Joyce (Donald) Johnson and loving nieces and nephews in California and Minnesota; plus brother-in-law Erling Jonneson of Duluth.
The family would like to thank Dr. Vance Bachelder, Dr. Elmer, Dr. Mary Boylan, the respiratory therapists, intensive care and hospice nurses at St. Luke's for their skilled, compassionate care.
VISITATION: 10:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 in Peace United Church of Christ, located at 1111 N. 11th Ave. E. in Duluth. A time of food and fellowship will follow. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery in the summer.