Shelley Jeanne Trefz, 82, of Kasson, Minnesota, died peacefully in her sleep on June 23, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester. Her ashes will be taken to their final resting place in a private ceremony.
Shelley is survived by her three children, Jacquelyn Lee Danielson (Phil) of Kasson, James Robert Trefz (Lisa) of Brevard, North Carolina, and Michael Lewis Trefz of Phoenix, Arizona; and granddaughters Kirstin Ruth Trefz of Santa Rosa, California, and Tracey Jean Trefz of Phoenix, Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Foster and Almina (Blair) Lewis, and her husband, Donald Leroy Trefz.
Shelley was born on July 13, 1932 in Bottineau, North Dakota. She spent most of her youth in International Falls, Minnesota, where she graduated from high school. She married Donald Trefz of Coggon, Iowa on September 4, 1950. She lived with her family in Osage, Nashua and Charles City, Iowa. In later years she spent winters in Florence, Arizona and summers on Lake Vermilion in her beloved Northern Minnesota. She has lived the past few years in Kasson, Minnesota.
Shelley served for many years on the Charles City library board, where she was instrumental in the building of a beautiful new library, and on the city council from 1982 to 1991. Upon Shelley’s retirement from the council the chief of police established the Trefz Award to honor her strong and effective support of the law enforcement mission. The award continues to be granted from time to time to honor a deserving person in the community.
Shelley loved the outdoors, particularly the North Woods, and was a skilled boater and angler. She mastered any handcraft to which she applied herself, and was known as an outstanding knitter and sewer. She was a champion bridge player. Shelley loved music: she relaxed by playing the organ, and graced many worship services with her beautiful soprano voice. She loved her family deeply and cherished her many friends. She was always the person that others came to for practical advice.
As a mother, grandmother, and friend, Shelley was well loved and will be missed. The family asked that in lieu of flowers memorials be given to Paws and Claws Humane Society of Rochester, Minnesota or St. Judes Children’s Hospital.
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