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Shirley Joyce Tooker

Shirley Joyce Tooker, 74, of Akeley, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay.

She was born Nov. 16, 1934 in Aberdeen, S.D. to Robert and Magdalene (Orth) Siemann. Her family then moved to Mankato, where she attended elementary school and graduated from Mankato High School. Following graduation she spent a short time in nurses training. That training was instrumental in her becoming a Nurses Aid/Certified Med Aid. She spent many years working in various nursing homes and care facilities. In her later years she also worked as a secretary/bookkeeper in the grain elevator business.

She married Irvin Tooker in Aberdeen, S.D. on Dec. 27, 1952.

She was a member of the Akeley VFW Auxiliary and the Walker American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband; three sons: Steven (Mary), Brian (Karen) and Kevin (Sheila), a daughter, Lori (Bob) Soukup; 21 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Connie Siemann; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Mark; a brother, Robert Siemann; and a sister, Bettie Mass.

Funeral service: Friday, Jan. 30 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Walker with Father Mark Coen officiating.

Interment: In the spring at the Akeley Cemetery in Akeley.