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Shirley Ann (Rhoda) Lano

December 21, 1931 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Shirley Lano Obituary

Shirley Ann (Rhoda) Lano of Long Prairie, passed away on February 1, 2024, at her daughter's home at the age of 92. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 8, 2024, at St. Mary of Mount Carmel in Long Prairie, MN with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Shirley Ann Lano, 92, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on December 21, 1931, and passed away on February 01, 2024, at the home of her daughter in Long Prairie, Minnesota. Shirley was baptized at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and was an elementary student at St. Mary’s School. In 1949, she graduated from high school in Grey Eagle, Minnesota.

Shirley, the only child of Albert and Helen Rhoda, left Minnesota with her parents and lived, for a short time, in the states of Washington and California, before moving back to Long Prairie where her father was a banker.

On November 06, 1950, Shirley married John T. Lano, known as “Ted”, and, in the subsequent years, they raised four children, while owning hardware stores in Browerville and Osakis. In both communities, Shirley was viewed as dedicated mother, friend, and a woman willing to express an opinion on the issues of the day.

During her time living in central Minnesota, Shirley volunteered as an election judge, and after receiving an associate degree from the University of Minnesota Morris, was employed by both the Freshwater Education District and the United States Census Bureau. In both capacities, Shirley was well liked, and established herself as an honest and reliable employee.

After her husband’s sudden death in 1986, Shirley, for twenty years, lived independently in a small apartment across from the Long Prairie nursing home. Looking back on her life just prior to her death, Shirley expressed a wish that she could – once again – golf swim and play bridge with her many friends from the Long Prairie Country Club. Recently, when asked how she wanted to be remembered, and what advise she would like to impart to future generations, Shirley explained that her grandchildren and great grandchildren, should accept the fact that nothing is written in stone, and that FAITH in the Lord’s grace and wisdom is the only path to real PEACE. 

Shirley is survived by her children, Tom (Renna) Lano, Jerry (Linda Lano), Jack (Lisa Lano) and Carol (Byron) Haskell. Shirley has six grandchildren, Ben, Jackie, Sarah, Matt, Troyand Christopher. In addition, she has numerous great grandchildren living in Illinois, Minnesota, Florida and California.

Imparting a final thought about her life, Shirley expressed gratitude that her desire to marry a “small town man”, and to raise four children, was a dream come true. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Todd County Historical Museum.

To view a book detailing Shirley's life, please click the link below "Across to Moon River - A Book of Shirley's Life".

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 Across to Moon River - A Book of Shirley's Life

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March 8, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church (Long Prairie)
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Mass of Christian Burial
March 8, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church (Long Prairie)


Todd County Historical Museum
333 Central Ave, Long Prairie MN 56347


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