Shirley E. Kavanagh, 82, of Brockway Township, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 17, 2022, at her home.

She was born in Capac, August 10, 1940, the daughter of the late Robert Stanley and Ida May (Meridith) McLean.

Her marriage to William “Bill” Joseph Kavanagh was October 27, 1962. in Emmett. Shirley was a 1958 Imlay City High School graduate and was a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church, Yale. After graduation. she had worked at the Vlasic Pickle Company in Imlay City. She later worked as a hi-lo driver for 27 years at L&L Products in Romeo where she was known as “Shipping Shirley” and retired from in 2003.

Shirley loved baking and was well known for her lemon meringue pies and pineapple upside down cakes, which she often donated to church dinners.

Surviving in addition to Bill, her husband of 60 years; are a son, John (Beckie) Kavanagh; a daughter, Kim (Dave) Pawlak; and a daughter-in-law, Linda Kavanagh; seven grandchildren, Johnathan (Jeri), Shawn (MacKenzie), Elizabeth, Zachary, Aaron, Nicole, and Lindsay; six great-grandchildren, Riley, Ava, Easton, Isla, Jackson and Ireland; four sisters, Dorothy Walton, Ula Dennis, Mary Tietz, and Gladys (Rodney) Warner; six brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her son, B. Joe Kavanagh; three brothers, Robert, Stanley (Evelyn) and Ray (Ruth) McLean; and a sister, Leota (Joseph) Skwirsk; brothers-in-law, Isaac Walton, Jack Dennis and Harold Tietz.

The family honored the memory of Shirley at the Rite of Christian Burial on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yale. Fr. Tom Kuehnemund officiated. Inurnment will be in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Kenockee Township Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Kaatz Funeral Directors, Yale.

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