Shirley M. Bartow

SOUTHFIELD, MASS. — Shirley M. Bartow, 61, passed away peacefully at her home April 8, 2011, with her family by her side, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Shirley was born Nov. 11, 1949, in Winsted. She graduated from Northwestern Regional School No. 7 in Winsted, in 1966, and attended nursing school at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.

Shirley married Carl W. Bartow Jr. on Dec. 14, 1968. She worked at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Canaan for more than 35 years and loved her job.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Carl W. Bartow Jr.; her son, Aaron M. Bartow; two grandchildren, Lillian E. Bartow and Sean M. Bartow; her aunt, Agnes Harrington of Colebrook; her two brothers, Robert B. Bell Jr. of Savannah, Mo., and Tom Bell of Colebrook; one sister, Margaret Heintz of Westfield, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Harriet (Pease) and Robert B. Bell Sr.

A Mass of Christian burial was held April 12 at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Sheffield, Mass. Private burial followed at Our Lady of the Valley Cemetery.

The Newkirk-Palmer Funeral in North Canaan has charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be sent to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Sevices, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.