Shirley Forst

ST. GEORGE – Shirley Forst, 80, of St. George, died Monday, April 29, 2013 at the Winthrop Good Samaritan Society in Winthrop.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 3, at St. George Catholic Church in St. George with Father Tony Hesse celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday and 7:30-9:30 a.m. Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home on Thursday. To sign the guest book or to leave an online condolence for her family go to

Shirley is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Mark Venable of Ankeny, Iowa, Connie and Eddie Brown of St. George; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy Forst of St. George, Bryan and Margaret Forst of St. George, Perry and Shelly Forst of Norwood Young America, Paul and Jenifer Forst of Greenwood; grandchildren, Stacey (Dave) Lewis, Paul (Shawna) Venable, Jeremy Venable, Chad (Amber) Brown, Jason (Melissa) Brown, Jesse Forst, Noah (Des) Forst, Evan Forst, Laura Forst (fianc, Dan Daly), Ellen Forst, Madeline, Elliot, Oliver, and Isaac Forst; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Ryan Lewis, Caleb and Emily Brown, Madison and Morgan Brown, Eli Forst; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rose Hamann of Sleepy Eye, Aurelia “Sis” and Richard Kral of New Ulm, Gerald Jarvis of Rochester, Stanley and Mildred Forst of Gibbon, Robert and Alice Forst of New Ulm.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald; sisters and brothers-in-law, Myrtle and Earl Schroeder, Norma and Harold Meyer, Betty Jarvis; brothers, Edwin and Delton; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Vernita and Gerald Kelley.

Shirley Rose Hamann was born July 23, 1932 in Lafayette Township to Edwin and Rose (Breu) Hamann. On Oct., 18, 1950 Shirley was united in marriage to Gerald Forst at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Lafayette. After marriage, Shirley was actively involved in a progressive family farm with her husband, Gerald in West Newton Township, Nicollet County. Shirley loved flowers and old time music. She and Gerald enjoyed dances and music festivals throughout the Midwest. They supported and encouraged young musicians to develop their craft and regularly hosted musicians who were traveling to their next engagement. Shirley was very resourceful, creative, and she enjoyed crafting and quilting. She was an avid gardener with a large vegetable garden, but Shirley was well known for her beautiful flower gardens. Flower enthusiasts would drive from throughout the area to view her iris garden. Shirley creatively displayed her Christmas village collection to share with friends and family. Shirley and Gerald enjoyed traveling and visited many places all over the world. She loved being involved in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and chronicled their activities with photos, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings. Shirley was a member of the St. George Catholic Church and the St. George CCW.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to New Ulm Hospice and the St. George Catholic Church.

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