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Virginia Mae (Frahm) Johnson-Shellum, age 90, of Nicollet passed peacefully from this life into the arms of her Savior the evening of Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Monarch Meadows Senior Living Community in Mankato.
Funeral service will be 11 am on Friday, March 16, 2018, at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nicollet. Pastor Dan Witte will officiate, and burial will follow in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in rural Nicollet.
Visitation will be from 10-11 am on Friday at the church in Nicollet.
The Minnesota Valley Funeral Home of Nicollet is handling the arrangements. To leave an online condolence for her family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org
Virginia is survived by her cousins, Frederick Dauer of New Hope, and Glenn (Bev) Hasse of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Bonnie Mae Johnson; mother, Rosalia Hoffman; step-father, Art Hoffman; foster parents, Alma and Edwin Hasse; her husband, Tolloff Shellum; and step-brother, Melvin Hoffman.
Virginia Mae Frahm was born June 28, 1927 in New Ulm to Rosalia (Mieske) and Edward Frahm. She was baptized on July 17, 1927, and later confirmed on April 6, 1941 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Nicollet. Virginia was united in marriage with Roger Johnson on September 25, 1949. The couple later divorced, Virginia then married Tolloff Shellum on December 29, 1983. Growing up, Virginia attended Trinity Lutheran Day School and graduated from Nicollet High School in the class of 1945. Virginia furthered her education receiving her Bachelors degree in Home Economics from Mankato State College, and later attained her Masters Degree in Commercial Food Service. This education led her to work in the research kitchens at Green Giant in Le Sueur until 1963. It was at this time that Virginia went into teaching. She taught home economics at the Madelia High School, New Ulm High School, and the Hanska Vocational School. While teaching, Virginia was an active member of the MEA, NEA, the State board of Home Economics, Advisor for the FHA, and a volunteer with various youth groups. She was a lifetime member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nicollet where she served as past president of the ladies guild, and sang with the church choir. To give back to her community, she served as the president of the Nicollet County Cancer Society, and the Lutheran Brotherhood facilitator. Blessed be her memory.
A special thank you is extended from the family to Doctors Wedzina, Devineni, and Brennen for their years of care; St. Croix Hospice for their compassionate comfort and care; the staff at Monarch Meadows who treated her as their own family; and to Pastor Dan Witte for bringing her the comforting words of her Savior.
Published on March 13, 2018
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