Shelly Kay (Schmidt) Deml, age 60, passed away May 17, 2020, after a year-long battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme Brain Cancer. Shelly was born September 29, 1959, in Owatonna to Nordean and Ardella (Ebenhoh) Schmidt. She graduated from Owatonna High School in 1978 and on November 17, 1979 was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Robert Deml. Shelly grew up a city girl in Owatonna. After marrying Bob, she was his partner on the farm and later became a partner with her sons and Bob. She became an accomplished equipment operator and truck driver while still managing the house, the lawn, a garden and family. She loved helping her sons with their livestock operations and was always available to lend a helping hand with anything that needed to be done. She was a true farmer. Shelly also enjoyed a good craft project, going on snowmobile and side-by-side rides, being by the ocean or a lake, watching a sunrise or sunset, listening to music, loud cars and trucks and, most important, spending time with friends and family. She especially enjoyed her time with her new granddaughter, Lydia Kay. Shelly is survived by her husband, Robert, her sons Dustin and (Jessica), Terence and (Sarah), granddaughter Lydia Kay, mother Ardella Schmidt, brothers Curt and (Carolyn) and Steve. Shelly was preceded in death by her father Nordean and her mother - and father-in-law Genevieve and Eugene Deml.
A private family funeral will be held and burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to the current pandemic.
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