On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Shirley Louise Lanctot, loving mother of four children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, passed away at the age of 95.
Born June 15, 1926 in Detroit, Mich., Shirley lived a glorious life raising a family, working, traveling throughout Europe, and creating strong bonds of loving friendship wherever she went. Her working life spanned service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, working in General Motors’ safety office, serving as a deaconess at the First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, Mass., real estate sales, and a final stint with Ethan Allen. Shirley had a flair for interior design and word play – working the New York Times crossword puzzle every Sunday into the final weeks of her life. Shirley could light up a room and set a dance floor on fire – and she was the heart and soul of her loving family. Shirley is survived by her children: Mark Steven (wife: Ellen), Suzanne, Lisabeth Michele, and Roger Curtis (wife: Regina); as well as grandchildren Heather, Ashley, and John Garver; Daniel, Brian, and Emma Lanctot; and Charles, Samuel, and Thomas Lanctot; and great grandchildren Theo, Ethan, and Nova.
The family asks that any donations in Shirley’s name be given either to the Virginia Connolly Residence assisted living facility in Simsbury, Conn., or to a favorite hospice charity.