Shirley Ann Freidel
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Shirley Ann Freidel, age 73, of Yankton, South Dakota died on Friday, September 15, 2017, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend Scott Traynor officiating. Entombment will be in the mausoleum in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton, South Dakota. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.

Pallbearers are Tom Courtney, Bill Conkling, Dave Jerke, Harlan Mehrer and Jim Neumayr. Honorary pallbearers are all of her former students.

Shirley Ann Freidel was born January 4, 1944, on the family farm south of Lesterville, South Dakota to William and Frances (Totusek) Freidel. She attended Lincoln Elementary School, Central Junior High School and Yankton High School, graduating in 1962, receiving many merit and honor awards. An Honors Scholarship was given to her in the 1964 -'65 academic year at Yankton College. Shirley was selected to be in the "Who's Who" in college and universities and graduated June 2, 1968 from Yankton College with a BA degree in Mathematics. She worked at the Diamond Shoe Store in Yankton for a short time and then began teaching in Wayne, Nebraska and Fremont, Nebraska. She returned home to Yankton to care for her aging parents and in 1980 began managing the first daycare center at Mount Marty College in Yankton. She taught algebra at Mount Marty College and wanted students to learn the basics of math before applying it to the computer. Even after her retirement from Mount Marty she continued to help students with math. Shirley enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, solving crossword puzzles, playing cards and being with her family and friends. She especially loved her cats.

Survivors include her sister, Janet Courtney of Yankton; two brothers, Alan Freidel of Greensboro, North Carolina and Arnold (Beth) Freidel of Savannah, Missouri; four nieces and nephews: Teresa Courtney of Yankton; Tom Courtney of Yankton; Kristi Beavers of Kansas City, Missouri and David Freidel of St. Joseph, Missouri; four great nephews and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, sister-in-law, Lila Freidel and brother-in-law, Clarence Courtney.

Memorial may be made to the Heartland Humane Society.




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It is hoped the passage of time and pleasant memories will help heal the void created by Shirley's passing. I'm thankful she was my colleague in mathematics and especially thankful for her friendship.

John W. Stene


Shirley was the BEST algebra teacher ever. She new exactly how to explain it so you understood. She also made it fun. I will never forget her.

Zita Hans


We all have lost a great teacher, and good friend.

James Neumayr


Shirley was an all around great person. She cared about her students and colleagues and was always willing to assist in whatever way possible. I'm thankful for the pleasure of knowing her.

Don Buehrer


Shirley was the most patient and kind Math teacher I ever had. I was lucky to have known her.

Kathy Cruise


Shirley was the best Algebra teacher I have ever had. I never really understood it until I had her at Mount Marty. She had a way of teaching that everyone could understand! She was an amazing lady with a huge heart. I am so grateful to have known her.

Stephanie Bernatow


I have many fond memories of Shirley, as a teacher and mentor. She really did know her students and was great at reaching them.

David A. Schuster


Shirley was a great teacher, kind friend and, most importantly, she persevered through many ups and downs ... and still laughed her gravelly laugh.

Lori Lincoln

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