Shirley Marie (Radde) Gano, 87, passed away on Wednesday, November 22

Shirley Marie (Radde) Gano, 87, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, surrounded by her family at Hanson Hospice, Stevensville, Michigan.

A service celebrating Shirley’s life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church, 3590 Lincoln Ave., St. Joseph with Rev. Steve Hartten officiating.  Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Friends may visit from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church or Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to sign Shirley’s guestbook may do so online at

Shirley was born on July 19, 1930 to Gustav and Pearl (Larson) Radde in Saint Joseph, Michigan. As a lifelong resident of Berrien County, Shirley graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1948 and from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Chicago in 1951. She married William Gano on May 11, 1952 and together they enjoyed almost 63 years of married life before he preceded her in death in 2014. In addition to raising 5 children, Shirley worked as nurse at Memorial Hospital before beginning a career in pediatric nursing with Dr.’s Gould, Gilmet, and Shah.  After retirement, Shirley continued to work in immunization clinics with the Berrien County Health Department.

Survivors include her children: Kenneth (Carly) Gano of Eau Claire, Cheryl (Mike) Bury of Coloma, Debra (Charlie) Pearson of Racine, Wisconsin, Deanna (John) Rydleski of Stevensville, and Susan Gano- (Gary) Phillips of Davison, Michigan.  Shirley is survived by her 9 grandchildren:  Kevin and Katie Bury, Amy Rydleski, Eric (Sherriann) Rydleski, Troy (LaDonna) Gano, Sarah and Emily Pearson, Allison and Tyler Phillips, and by her great-granddaughter Sophia Gano.  She is also survived by her brother, Dale (Karen) Radde of Mercer, Pennsylvania, and nieces Kimberly Hunchuk and Kristen Serrao.

Shirley enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking and baking, especially holiday cookies, and watching TV game shows. She was a woman of great faith who willingly shared her faith with others through her actions and conversations. Together she and Bill also enjoyed travelling, having visited all 50 states. She and Bill spent many winters in Florida after her retirement and made good friends with whom they enjoyed playing cards, bocce ball, and dinner theatre. She was a founding member of Peace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph and enjoyed a wide range of volunteer service there before her health limited her activities.

During the final six years of her life, Shirley’s condition required extensive care. We wish to thank all of those involved, whose support provided her a rich and meaningful life, including: Tara Afualo, staff at Woodland Terrace (Coloma), Caring Circle Hospice and the Hanson Hospice Center.

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