Paula Sue Quinn (Shellenberger)
Paula Sue Quinn (Shellenberger), age 89, of Minnetonka, MN passed away peacefully at her son’s home
in Wakefield, MA on October 13, 2021. Paula is survived by her loving family: son Brian Quinn and wife
Susan, daughter Kara “Kerry” Holder, and grandchildren Colin Quinn, Grace Quinn, Zechariah Smith, and
Max Holder. She is also survived by her sister Rose Evelyn Elbert. She was predeceased by parents
Loretta and William Shellenberger, husband Harold Quinn, seven sisters and one brother, and son in law
Paula was born the youngest of ten children and grew up on a farm in Storm Lake, Iowa. She met her
late husband of 57 years, Harold Quinn, when they were just teenagers. In 1955, she married Harold and
they lived in many places around the country while he was in the Army, their favorite place was Pikes
Peak, CO. They eventually made their home in Minnetonka, MN in 1969. Paula received a degree in
education and enjoyed teaching in elementary school until her children were born, then she became a
homemaker and later worked for many years as a secretary at Gladwin Insurance Agency. Paula was
deeply dedicated to her faith, and was exceptionally devoted to her family, friends, neighbors, and her
church – spending much of her spare time helping others by delivering meals on wheels, knitting prayer
shawls, cleaning the church, and just being a kind friend.
She will always be remembered for spoiling her family with her gentle unconditional love, the best
chocolate chip cookies, coffee cake, and her wonderful sense of humor. She loved to play cards, board
games, jacks, and any sport her grandchildren wanted to play. Her daily walks through the
neighborhood kept her healthy, strong, and connected to her wonderful neighbors. Paula will be dearly
missed by all.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 11am at Immaculate Heart of Mary
Catholic Church, 13505 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka, MN. Private Interment at Fort Snelling National
Cemetery. Masks are requested.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paula’s name to the non-profit Care Dimensions Hospice,
75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.
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