Shirley B. Uphoff, age 86 of Greenwald, passed away Oct. 7, 2020, at St. Benedict’s Center in St. Cloud. 

A private family Mass will be held at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Greenwald with interment in the parish cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Shirley Bernice Hoeschen was born Sept. 26, 1934, in Freeport, to Conrad and Elizabeth (Kleve) Hoeschen. She was united in marriage to Virgil “Vir” Uphoff on June 23, 1956, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. 

Shirley lived in Greenwald most of her life where she immersed herself in the community by being actively involved with St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and School. She worked as an assistant elementary school teacher and a bank teller for many years, sang in the church choir, baked pies and bread for Barley Days and her neighbors, participated in cheerleading for the local baseball team and was involved in many other activities in the community. Her commitment to the community and her friends was uncompromising. She was always a welcome, friendly face that everyone recognized.

After retiring from the bank, she continued her passion for sewing by volunteering at Pine Villa in Melrose. She also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, baking, quilting and watching all the Minnesota sports teams.

Survivors include her children, Paula (Wendell) Daluge of St. Cloud, Greg (Tina) Uphoff of Plymouth, Sam (Sara) Uphoff of Elk River, and Gina (Tim) Och of Sartell; nine grandchildren and sister, Judy (Ray “Skip”) Kmitch of St. Cloud.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Vir Uphoff Dec. 29, 2012; parents; infant grandson, Jake Uphoff; brothers, Roger and LeRoy Hoeschen; and sisters, Donna Kerfeld, Lorene Pfau and Charlene Petermeier.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose. 

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