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Shirley S.


Nee Swartz Peacefully entered Eternal Life on August 9, 2009 at age 84. Shirley rejoins the love of her life, her beloved husband of 54 years, the late Anthony J Gradisnik. A very devoted mother, Shirley was proud of her children Gary Gradisnik CAPT USN ret and Sr Toni Anne Gradisnik SSSF. Cherished sister of the late Robert Helen Swartz and Richard Pat Fox. Loving grandmother of Scott Yvonne Gradisnik, Kate Bill Breslo, Scott Shirey, Leslie Bob Collins and Jody Angela Shirey. Dear aunt of Sr Marie Gnader SSSF, Jerry Jan Gradisnik, Merianne Bob Zimmermann, Jerry Rebecca Swartz, Jill Dan Kuiper and Christopher Fox. Proud great-grandmother of Justin, Joy, Amanda, Bryan, Joshua, Ariella, Allison, Connor and Ryan. Loving great-aunt of Robyn Povletich, Tony Povletich, Joel Gradisnik and Jamie Mark Lauenstein. Dear mother-in-law of Camille. Shirley was a caring friend and “adopted” mother to many School Sisters of St. Francis and was dear “Grandma G” to Nick Puetzer and Katie Brian Nash.

Shirley was a tremendously smart and capable woman. She took pride in being Salutatorian of the 1943 Bay View High graduating class. An exceptional organizer and motivator, she worked as administrative assistant for several businesses and organizations. She owned and ran her own jewelry business. She was a straight-A student at Mount Mary College. But Shirley used her talents best in supporting and encouraging her family and friends, where she truly enabled many, many successes.

Shirley was a wonderful friend, always giving of herself, ready to listen, making the effort to help others feel that they were special and that they belonged. Her memory for names and birthdates was remarkable. Known as the “Miracle Woman” at San Camillo where she lived, she inspired many with her strength and faith as she fought and survived cancer for 7 years. The San Camillo residents and staff were extended family to Shirley and she continually gave thanks for her active life there.

Shirley’s children are very grateful to St. Camillus Pastoral Care and to the staff of Camillus Cares, to Dr Brenda Pierce and her staff and to Dr William Deshur and his staff for their excellent support and kindness during her illness. Gary and Toni are also forever grateful to Dr Andrew Catanzaro and to his nurse Kathy for the decades of wonderful care and friendship they gave to both their mother and father.

Please join in celebrating the life of Shirley, a profoundly loving woman. Visitation THURSDAY August 13 at SAN CAMILLO, 10200 W Bluemound Rd, from 4 to 8 PM with prayer service at 7 PM. Visitation also FRIDAY August 14 at St Therese Parish, 9525 W Bluemound Rd, from 9 AM until Mass of Resurrection at 10:30 AM. Luncheon after Mass. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to the School Sisters of St. Francis – Development Office, 1501 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee 53215.

Con todo nuestro amor…SIEMPRE.

Past Comments

Tony Povletich

Very nice write up and tribute to your mom. I will definitely miss her.

Rev. Dr. Linda Barkwill

S. Toni and the Gradisnik family, may God bless your mother in her passing.

Chris Fox ...

I have found no matter how you prepare your self, that you may find this void that is created overcomes the preparation of our mental thoughts in the emotional feeling of the loss of a loved one, especially those who were closest as for, Gary, Toni and her brother my dad >> Dick.

Rev. Dr. Linda Barkwill

S. Toni and the Gradisnik family, may God bless your mother in her passing.

Sister Maureen McCarthy

My heartfelt condolences to all in the family. I was sorry to be out of town when Shirley died, but continue to accompany the family, especially Toni, with my prayers.

Sr. María Rosa Leggol

Dear Sister Toni, my heart and thoughts are with you in these moments of sorrow. Your mother is in my prayers as we know that angels like her are already in our Lord’s kingdom and from heaven she is taking care of us now. All my love to you and your loved ones. Sister María Rosa

Donna and Bob Maccani

Dear Toni and Gary,
We extend our sympathy to you both.Our prayerful energy comes with the hope that all the many memories of your Mother will help to ease your sorrow.
We both so enjoyed your Dad and Mother. When he had the spanish classes at St. Therese, our friendship increased. They were a wonderful team both at the classes and at St. Therese. The last time we saw your Mother, she was proudly showing us the photos of her fall and all her bruises.
Hopefully she did not suffer too much at the end. She was always a friendly upbeat person. We will miss her. A donation has been sent to the School Sisters of St. Francis in her memory.

Toni, I am sorry that I was in Chicago at the time of your mother’s death. I am sorry that I missed the Resurrection Mass. I know that you know that your mother is in a better place and is no longer suffering. Know that you and the family are in my prayers.
May peace be with you.
S. Alice Feather

S. Rita Mary Phalen

Toni, Gary, my thoughts and prayers are with you!Your Mom will always be with you in all the loving memories with which she gifted you! Each of you will take that gift and pass it on and so your Mom continues to live a loving life in a new way! My each of these days bring you to a deeper awareness of God’s presence all around and within each of you!
Rita Mary

Paul & Deb Klubertanz

Sister Toni,

Please accept our sympathy due to the death of your mother. We will always remember Don Antonio & Dona Shirley at St. William School. We hope your parents will now be reunited for eternity.

Paul & Deb Klubertanz and Family

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