Shirley Marie Alton

North Adams – Shirley Marie (Fader) Alton was born on November 1st, 1929, in Dearborn, Michigan to Basil and Florine Fader. She passed away on August 4, 2021 in Hillsdale, Michigan.She was married for 60 years to John “Johnny” Louis Alton. Together, they had five children: Scott, Mark, Linda (Mark) Kline, Leif (Nanette) and Jay (Julie). Later, eight grandchildren followed: Matthew Kline, Amy (Matt) Krevda, Laura (David) Burlew, Scott Alton, Nathan Kline, Carrie Kline, Crystal Alton and Jaye Alton. She has two great-grandchildren Juliette and James Krevda. She is survived by one brother, Bill Fader, hersister, Rosemary Rochon, a sister-in-law, Natalie Alton, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her two sons, Scott and Jay, her husband Johnny, hersister Colleen York, and her brothers James and John Fader.

Shirley grew up in Dearborn, MI and graduated from Sacred Heart High School at the top of her class. She had a beautiful singing voice and was a soloist at many weddings and sang in choirs. She continued to sing all of her life, especially while cleaning house. She worked in Detroit for the phone company where she met the love of her life, Johnny Alton. They were married in 1953 and, by 1959, had 5 children. They lived for many years in Dearborn and then moved to Jerome. She fiercely loved her children and was delighted when grandchildren arrived. Shirley took many trips with her children and grandkids and especially enjoyed camping with them. Together, they traveled to many places, including Juneau, Alaska. Shirley always wanted to be a teacher and she would have made a fine one. Her selfless dedication and commitment to her family put that dream on hold and she never did teach outside of the home. However, she helped all of her children with their school lessons; teaching them how to diagram every word in a sentence, and helping them when they were stuck in algebra. Later on, she and Johnny helped homeschool some of their grandchildren. Shirley was very loving, selfless, and tenacious. She would sit with others for hours when they were ill or in the hospital, providing emotional support and physical care. She was an avid baker and especially famous for her delicious homemade bread and cookies. She was an impressive scrabble player and enjoyed many games with her brother Bill and sister Rosemary. She loved to visit and travel with her sisters and they always had so much fun that their families nicknamed them, The Giggle Sisters.

Throughout her life, Shirley remained strong in her Catholic faith and it sustained her through the loss of 2 sons. After her Johnny died in 2013, she began to experience dementia. Even when she no longer knew any of her family, she giggled with her family and care-givers – her laugh providing joy to others. The staff at Country Living and Hospice of Hillsdale provided care and love for her final years. As she began to fail, her family gathered around and she left this world peacefully.

A funeral mass for Shirley will be held on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hudson with Fr. Ginu Abraham officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.

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