Shirley attended St. Mary’s Academy in Monroe, MI, and St. Cecilia High School in Detroit, MI. She was an accomplished flutist and pianist. Shirley traveled by train across the country and married her high school sweetheart Paul Cavanagh on January 20, 1945 in Santa Ana, CA, where he was stationed following his tour of duty in WWII. Upon Paul’s discharge from the Marine Corps, they moved back to Detroit to start their family (four boys). The family moved to Lansing in 1964 and after her boys grew up, Shirley attended Lansing Community College to earn a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse, working at Ingham Medical Center and for several doctors in private practice. When not otherwise performing the duties of running a busy household, her hobbies included knitting, crocheting, reading, bridge, and volunteer work.
She is survived by her sons, Thomas P., Daniel P. (Deborah), James G., and John F. (Susan) Cavanagh; 8 grandchildren, Matthew, Paul, Brendan, Meaghan (Phill) Daneff, Christopher (Marta), Michelle, Laura (Tyler) Rebek, and Charles; and 4 great-grandchildren, Jacob, April, Liam and Kieran. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Paul J. Cavanagh.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 24, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow St., Lansing, followed by interment at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., with a Rosary to be prayed at 7:30 p.m., on Sunday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Healing and Health Care Foundation, 530 W. Beech St., Charlotte, MI 48813.