5 February, 1952 – 27 December, 2020
Surrounded by her loving husband, Dennis, of 30 years, God called Shelley home on January 27th, 2020 after a lengthy health battle following her stroke last year. She was 68 years old. Shelley was born and raised in St. Paul Park, MN. She graduated from St. Croix Lutheran High School in 1970.
Her one and only child, Becky was born in 1971. Shelley had a natural talent, for dancing. She began when she was three years old with ballet, tap and jazz. She went on to teach at Raddatz Dance Studio as an adult. Many recitals her and her daughter, Becky both participated in over 13 years. Shelley’s career consisted of 38 years at 3M in the Medical Products Division where she rose to a managerial position from her first job as a secretary. Her hard work and excellent work ethic showed in every aspect of her life.
Shelley felt the need to carry on the “Seidel” duty in the military. She joined the Navy Reserves in 1979 and proudly fulfilled her assignment in 1983.
Formally of Woodbury, MN, Shelley and Dennis moved to Scituate, MA in 1997, and lived there for 5 years before retiring and moving south to Wilmington,NC. Where they have remained for 17 years. In her spare moments, Shelley volunteered her time and resources making care packages filled with homemade baked goods, hygiene items, books and special inspirational nick-nacks to send to military personnel stationed over seas in active duty. She also spent time taking care of elderly neighbors with cooking meals and baking for them. She enjoyed water color painting and crafts of any kind as well, always creating new and colorful things.
Together with her beloved husband, Denny, they traveled the world. Their favorite being Hawaii, where they renewed their wedding vows on the beach. They shared their love of golden retriever dogs, having many throughout the years.
If you had asked Shelley what her pride and joy was, she would have said, “my three grandchildren “. They held a special place in her heart, often reminiscing about when they were little. Her eyes would light up.
Shelley is preceded in death by her mother Lorraine, father Leroy, and her dearest brother Wayne Seidel. She is survived by her husband Dennis, and daughter Becky (Nelson) Whitney, her three grandchildren Meighan DuFrane, Frank Austin DuFrane and Jorden DuFrane, her three great granddaughters, Madelyn, Mylah and Marais, her brothers Lee and David Seidel, her step-children, Amy Munoz, Julie Romano and John Meyers, many step- grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and her best friend forever Maureen Breheim.
Shelley will be long remembered for her loving and generous heart and soul with a passion for cooking. Always having the big family holiday get togethers. Christmas was always her favorite. She will be missed by so many!
Saturday, 16 January , 2021
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16 January 2021
I was lucky to know Shelley and to call her my friend. We worked together in the 3M Medical-Surgical Division. As a co-worker, she was reliable, intelligent, hard-working and fun, even during challenging times. If you didn’t know Shelley, you may have mistaken her for a fragile person - and you would be 100% incorrect. Shelly was the epitome of quiet strength, resolve and class. Corporate waters can be lousy with barracudas and I admired Shelley for her quiet way of navigating her way in a sometimes hostile environment. She was a resilient and beautiful soul. She lived her life, being her best self. She was dedicated to her daughter, Becky and her family. Shelley and Denny truly lived their vows, caring for one another in sickness and in health. Their love story is one for the ages. I’ll see you again one day, my friend. Please save a place at the table for me. ❤️
15 January 2021
I have great memories with both Shelley and Denny from our early years together in the Medical Division at 3M. Shelley and I worked side by side for several years in Sales sharing laughs and sometimes tears to get through each day! My favorite memory was an outdoor concert where a very young Whitney Houston performed! Rest In Peace Shelley!
Maureen (Mo) Breheim
13 January 2021
One of my favorite memories of Shelley was when I was able to visit her and Denny in Scituate, MA..... They had a beautiful home decorated by Shelley. It was warm, welcoming and very cozy, even though there were 4 floors! Each room was inviting. We had several home cooked meals and one night out. One evening we were telling stories around the formal dining room table and we started laughing and couldn't stop! I will never forget it! Don’t think I have ever laughed so hard! (Denny, you were a main contributor to that event😁) Shelley and I were friends since before I joined the Inside Sales Dept. She suffered with many illnesses, but she never forgot my birthday and always sent little treasures each year. I love you! And will truly miss you Shell🥰💞