Shirley Shortt, 76

Shirley Shortt (née Connell), 76, of Hartford passed away Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

Shirley was born Sept. 24, 1936, in Hartford, to Elmer and Nellie Connell (nee Linsdet.) She was united in marriage to Charles L. Shortt on Sept. 12, 1955, in Tennessee.

Shirley worked for Broan Manufacturing for more than 30 years, a member of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Hartford and the American Legion Auxiliary. She will be remembered for her excellent baking (Shirley’s biscuits and gravy are impossible to match!), cooking, beautiful quilt work and her flower garden.

Shirley is survived by her loving children Steven Shortt of Hartford and Nellie “Lisa” (Dwain) Schmidt of Jackson; several cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brothers Rodney (Mary) and Leo Connell. Shirley is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles, son Michael, daughter Lynn Kauper, and siblings Ruby Christenson, John Connell, Mabel Neu, Mary Griesmer, Ray Connell, Joyce Neu, Genevieve Pieper-Peplinski and Laverne Connell. Funeral services for Shirley will be on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at noon at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 670 E. Monroe, Hartford, with the Rev. Anna Doherty officiating. Family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at the church.

Interment at Union Cemetery, Colgate, following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church Building fund are appreciated.

The Shortt family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the Hartford EMTs and Fire Department, the Aurora Hartford and Grafton Medical Staff for the great care given to Shirley, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church Congregation and the Rev. Anna Doherty for their amazing support, and the Shimon Funeral Home.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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