Shirley  Soukkala

Obituary of Shirley Anne Marie Soukkala

Shirley Anne Marie Soukkala, 69, of Cloquet passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at home.  She was born in Duluth, Minnesota on February 2, 1953, to Walter and Edith Enger.  She grew up in Duluth and Cloquet area and attended Carlton School.

Shirley worked in health care as a certified nursing assistant. She was a very caring and kind woman and became a mother to all that crossed her path.

She enjoyed crafting, painting, baking, sewing, camping, parties, picnic’s and loved watching the hummingbirds. Most of all she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Shirley was very proud of her 34 years of sobriety.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, John Enger.

She will be deeply missed by her significant other, Albert Earls; brother, Billy “Tinker” Enger; sons, Terry (Pam) Soukkala, Trent (Jess) Soukkala; daughter, Tammy Soukkala; grandchildren, Torin (Heather) Schwartz, Justin (Brady) Schwartz, Jordin Schwartz, Katie Soukkala, Josh Soukkala, Jadin Sullivan-Soukkala, Averie Soukkala, Arianna Soukkala, Aurora Oleary; great grandchildren, Isabella Esala, Melody Esala, Kyler Schwartz, and Kooper Schwartz.

A celebration of life will be held at the Big Lake Golf Course at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and leave an online tribute, see


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