Shirley Fox

November 24, 1924 - April 13, 2017

Visitation: Her visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 4:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton and will resume with family present at 5:00 p.m. at St. Dominic’s. A Scripture Service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April19, 2017 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton

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Shirley W. Fox, 92, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital with family at her side. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April19, 2017 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton.  Her visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 4:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton and will resume with family present at 5:00 p.m. at St. Dominic’s.  A Scripture Service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Shirley Wanda Kleinsasser was born November 24, 1924 to John A. and Wanda (Bertsch) Kleinsasser in Freeman, SD.  She was married to John J. (Jack) Fox on June 4, 1944.  They moved to Canton, SD in 1949.  Shirley was an active member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church.  She enjoyed playing Bridge and Mahjongg and was also an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her sister Sally Massey; an infant daughter, Carol Ann; and her parents.

Shirley is survived by her loving children:  Kathie (Paul) Tuntland, Brookings, SD; John M. (Patti) Fox, Sioux City, IA; Tim (Kris) Fox, Sioux Falls, SD; Kevin (Jan Albers) Fox, Cedar Rapids, IA; Carol (Tim) Hudson, Sioux Falls, SD; and Brian Kelly (Renae) Fox, Revillo, SD; 13 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 6 nieces and nephews: Randall and Dana Massey, San Diego, CA; John Massey, San Diego, CA; Ann and Jerry Burnett, Denver, CO; Becky and John McClure, Lawrence, KS; Susan and Kris Thoreson, Sun Valley, ID; and Amy Massey, Santa Ana, CA; and many special friends in Canton.

All who knew and loved Shirley are grateful to have shared in her life.  She will be greatly missed.

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  1. Karen Leffler on April 13, 2017 said:

    My sympathies to you in your loss. I have known Shirley most of my life and will miss her quick wit and smile. Prayers for all of Shirley’s family and friends.

  2. Marcia (Rikansrud) Holman on April 13, 2017 said:

    Fortunately, Tom Sinning posted the sad news of Shirley’s death on FB. I was grateful for that, because otherwise I might have missed it. This is what I posted on FB, but realize I am not FB Friends with the Fox “children”, so posting it here. Deep condolences to Shirley’s family! Deep sadness in this loss, as well, I am smiling. I am thinking that wherever, I can see/hear the laughter of dear friends of many decades: Bunkers, Foxs, and Rikansruds. So grateful for the times over the past number of years, I have had the fun of being the kid in the room when mom & Shirley got together, and talked and laughed endlessly. We even had a slumber party. I crashed and those two girls kept talking into the wee hours. Such fond memories of life long family friends! In reading the obituary, I regret that I will not be able to represent the Rikansrud family next week at Shirley’s Mass, as I will be out of the country 4/17-29. We will be with you in spirit!

  3. Dottie Kleinsasser Shultz on April 14, 2017 said:

    I am so proud to call Shirley my cousin! I will miss her phone calls and her always positive outlook on life. We had a few trips together and a few visits, but not nearly enough. She always caught me up on all her children. She was so proud of you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. I know she will be greatly missed.

  4. Penny Hymbaugh on April 15, 2017 said:

    What a great lady. Thank you Shirley for welcoming me in to your home on my trips between Wyoming and Iowa. I always enjoyed your wonderful sense of humor. You always had a smile and a kind heart for me. You will be missed and fondly remembered.

  5. Brenda and Fred on April 15, 2017 said:

    A beautiful soul left our earth this past week; she was lovely, kind, and a joy to know. I am grateful for having had the opportunity of know Shirley, Carol, Kathy, and the rest of the Fox family a good share of our life. Shirley, you will be greatly missed. Love and blessings to the Fox family, XOXOXO.,
    Fred and Brenda

  6. Paul Rottinghaus on April 16, 2017 said:

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, sounds like she was living a full life. Bless her and the people she knew.
    Kevin remember the good your family has brought into your life and treasure every day. Cya, Paul and Joyce back in Iowa.

  7. Gayla McKibben on April 18, 2017 said:

    Kathie, I read in the paper of your loss of your mother. My sympathy and prayers are with you. Share your many memories of your mother when you gather with family and friends. She was an active community member just like you. She will be remembered by all who knew her. Blessings to all of you as you celebrate her life.

  8. Kristin Carlson ( Joe and Bertha Rommereim's) granddaughter. on April 27, 2017 said:

    Dear family,
    I was saddened to hear of Shirley’s passing. I send special thoughts and prayers your way.
    In remembering so many years in Canton as a young person at my grandparents when we came from California to visit in the summertime….Shirley will always stand out as a special and wonderful memory.
    Kristin Carlson

  9. Julie Unruh Jarrell on May 4, 2017 said:

    Dear family,
    Your mother was a dear friend of my mother Lorraine Christensen Unruh. They were classmates in Freeman and Mom always referred to Shirley as a “best” friend. Mom was one of your mother’s bridesmaids in your her wedding and your mother had to get special compensation to have Mom in her wedding party as my mother was not Catholic. That always meant so much to my mother. I had the privilege of meeting your mother on several occasions, including at late-in-life visits with my mother before her passing five years ago. It was touching to hear them reminisce about their many special times together. Theirs was a life-long friendship that I think both of them cherished. Your mother was so lovely and so proud of her beautiful family. I know she will be greatly missed. You have my deepest sympathy.
    Julie Unruh Jarrell

  10. Craig Sanderson on June 15, 2017 said:

    I just saw this obituary about Shirley and wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere condolences.

    Craig Sanderson