Shirley V. Madden

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died August 14, 2022

Shirley V. Madden, age 92, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique.

Shirley was born March 22, 1930 in Trout Creek, Michigan, the daughter of August and Hilda (Tuominen) Besonen. She was raised in Trout Creek and graduated from Trout Creek High School in 1948. She was united in marriage to Robert Madden on September 15, 1951 in Trout Creek. Bob and Shirley lived in Detroit where Shirley worked at Hudsons and Bell Telephone. Robert joined the State Police in 1954, which resulted in the couple making homes in Houghton Lake, Newberry and finally in Gladstone. Creating fond memories in each location.

Shirley was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone and enjoyed spending time with her family and was a good friend to many.

Shirley will be sorely missed by her children, Kathy (John) Perkins, Lynne (Joe) Rahilly, Terese (Darrell) Schumer, Bob (Brenda) Madden, Patrick (Theresa) Madden and Joe (Stephanie) Madden, 19 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert, her six siblings and many dear friends.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 18 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 PM at All Saints Catholic Church with Fr. Brandon Yanni officiating. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall. Shirley will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells.

In lieu of flowers donations can be directed to the Delta Animal Shelter or the charities of the Gladstone Knights of Columbus, Brother Felix Council #6667.

7 Tributes for “Shirley V. Madden

    So sorry to hear this. Shirley was a great friend of my Mother, Doreen Livermore after the passing of my Dad. The 2 were together daily. I’ll alway remember her as a kind, pretty, soft spoken & a true friend. She will be greatly missed by her family.

    I will always remember Shirley in her kitchen. As a kid, of course I had no clue how much energy it took to raise 6 kids and keep a home going. She was just always there, my best friend’s mom. One memory I’ll always have of her, was when her kids and kid’s friends would congregate at Madden’s house, she’d always make us popcorn, we’d have “pop”, and all sit around the kitchen table playing some kind of game. I think as much work as we created for her, she was inwardly very satisfied to have us all there. What a beautiful long life!
    My condolences to all her children and extended family.

    I have memories of your Mom from my earliest childhood, first, when we would stop by to visit in Houghton Lake when we were on our way up to Baraga. I can’t remember if we visited in Newberry, but I do remember visiting when you lived on Delta Avenue in Gladstone. Having your Mom and Dad in Gladstone is probably the reason my Dad chose to move to Gladstone in 1964–to be near to his cousin, Bob. And then there came the time of square-dancing. Boy, our parents had lots of fun and made many memories during those years. Every memory I have of your Mom, from the earliest time, to later when we would stop by on the 4th of July, or when we would run into Shirley at the Senior Center, or when we would see Shirley with Mrs. Livermore at the casino … each and every time, Shirley was so sweet and kind. Shirley always had a smile on her face. She never changed, she was always beautiful and gracious. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know you will all miss her. Mark and I will miss her too.

    I’m deeply saddened by hearing of Mrs Madden’s passing and will always appreciate my time with your family. Hey Joe.

    We just learned of your mum passing away and are so very sorry we were not at the funeral. Please forgive us! If there’s anything we can do to help, please let us know.

    Have been thinking and praying for all of you. May she rest in peace Prayers and Hugs Ann and family

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