Obituary: Shirley McQuade, 92

Shirley McQuade, 92 of Whitewater, passed away on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021. She was born on December 26, 1928 to Roland and Maude (Lezotte) Hartel in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. She graduated from Fort Atkinson High School in 1946 and married Maurice McQuade on November 4, 1950. They made a home and raised three daughters in Whitewater. She worked as a receptionist at Fairhaven for fifteen years. In 1988 she retired to enjoy her grandchildren and to travel.

She is survived by three daughters, Colleen (Jack) Rades, Ann (John) Kaufelt, and Pat Winner, five grandchildren, Genevieve (Scott Fitzsimmon) Rades, Jake (Kira) Rades, Jillian (Seth) Robinson, Danielle (Mike) Wisneski, and Cassandra Winner, and three great grandchildren Adeline and Theodore Robinson and Alexandra Rades. She is also survived by one sister-in-law, Mary (Dick) Thayer and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters Arvella (Jerry) Humbach and Adeline (Ed) Garthwait. Her husband Maurice died April 18, 2005.

Her final days were spent at Rainbow Hospice in Johnson Creek where, in her words, they treated her like a queen. She had time to enjoy flowers and cards and share stories with friends and family. She continued to charm those around her up to the end. We will all miss her great sense of humor, beautiful smile, warm heart and comforting hugs.

Special thanks go to those at Fairhaven who assisted in her transition from Fairhaven to Rainbow Hospice, all the staff at Rainbow Hospice for their end-of-life care and support, and her massage therapist who was critical in maintaining her quality of life in her final years. Shirley requested that those who wish to celebrate her life feel free to do so at a time and in a manner and place that is convenient and meaningful for them.

Nitardy Funeral Home in Whitewater is assisting the family. A funeral mass in her honor will be celebrated on Friday, December 3rd at noon at St Patrick Catholic Church, 1225 W Main, Whitewater. Visitation will be at the church the hour prior to the service. Due to COVID concerns, the family requests that masks be worn. The service will be streamed live and archived on the Nitardy Funeral Home site. Luncheon will follow at Jessica’s Family Restaurant, 140 W Main, Whitewater.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Shirley’s name to Rainbow Hospice.

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