Shirley Kathleen Elavsky - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

July 13, 1926 - December 17, 2020

Shirley Kathleen Elavsky died Thursday, December 17, 2020, of Covid-19. She was 94 years old. Shirley was born in Minneapolis to parents, Millard and Sophia Moen. Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, her three brothers, Ron, Fred and Dale; her ex-husband, Michael and daughter-in-law, Karin. She is survived by two sons, Jeffery and Steven (Laurie); three grandchildren, Nikki (Joe) Burk, Paul and Alison Elavsky; two great-grandchildren, Izaak and Ethan, and many extended family members. Shirley was a devout Lutheran and a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and Central Lutheran Church. She loved her family more than anything, and treasured spending time with those she loved. She had a tremendous sense of humor and loved to laugh. She was an excellent cook and made sure every gathering was well supplied with food she made lovingly for those she cared about. She treasured trips to the North Shore. She enjoyed visiting with friends and easily connected with people around her. Shirley had a lifelong love of reading, and was a regular at her local library. She always had a book beside her chair. Shirley will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She would not have passed away at this time if it were not for Covid. The world is short one angel now. Rest well Shirley, you deserve your place in heaven. We love you.Service is RESCHEDULED for Saturday, 01/16/21, at 1:00 PM The service is private, for family only, but will be live streamed at at 1:00 PM, 01/16/21.

Memorials preferred to Bethel Ev. Lutheran Church, Minneapolis.


  1. Krista Geisler says:

    Prayers of peace for your family. Shirley was lovely and she will be missed.

  2. Genelle (Linde) Wolf says:

    Jeff and Steven and families,

    My deepest sympathies to you and all Shirley’s family. She was a wonderful person with a big and generous heart. May God bless you and comfort you during this difficult time.

  3. Kathleen Stattine says:

    Jeff, Steven & the rest of Shirley’s Loved Ones – Only a very powerful virus could defeat the indomitable spirit of life that was Shirley. Heartfelt sympathies to all. What a whirlwind and yes, the best cook ever. Remembrance of being in her kitchen, learning the special secrets to 7-Up cake, has me smiling! Our families met at Bethel Lutheran when we were very young and distance separated us over the years and brought us together only a few times after we moved to ND. Last time our paths intersected, I was walking into Curran’s Restaurant and holding the door, without looking, for the two people behind me. Surprise, surprise; Shirley was talking. Without turning around, I bravely said, “Shirley Elavsky, is that you behind me?!” First time I ever shocked her! However brief it was, I witnessed her eyes “a twinkle” once again. Looking for her among the twinkling stars….
    Love, Kathleen Kennedy Stattine

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