Shirley Elaine Gorman, 65, of Rochester, died July 27, 2010 at Golden Living Center West in Rochester. Shirley was born November 23, 1944 in Highland Park, Michigan to Harold and Lempi (Peterson) Johnson. She grew up and attended schools in the Houghton, Michigan area. She married Michael Gorman, the couple later divorced. In the mid 1960s the couple moved to Rochester. Shirley worked as a waitress and cosmetologist in the area. She enjoyed cooking, laughter, spending time with family and friend; She cherished the memories and time spent with her grandchildren. Shirley is survived by three children: Connie (Dean) Wille of Jacksonville, Florida, Brian (Carol) Gorman of Rochester, & Jeff (Julie) Gorman of Rochester. One brother Richard Johnson of Ferndale, Michigan. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Donald Peterson, and one sister, Agnes Ristilia. A visitation and viewing will be from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM on Friday July 30th at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes. Following the visitation a private family service will take place.
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Connie, Brian & Jeff.......
I just got this news. So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. We had not been in contact for a while...but your Mother was a very special friend to me. We spent a lot of time together when you all were very young and - thanks to her - she made many days brighter. Her friendly and fun-loving spirit will be missed by many I am sure.
Love and blessings.......
Mike and I were so sorry to hear of cousin Shirley's passing. We had such great visits with her. She will be greatly missed. Uncle Doug and Aunt Ethel wanted us to send their condolences also.
So sorry, Jeff, on the passing of your mom. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Connie and John
I am SO saddened over his loss---I have known your Mother for 35 years--since I had a shop in the Kahler and she was in the Beauty Shop
we remained friends-last Christmas time she tried to teach me to make sausage!!!!!
I did not know that she had gone to a home---but I fond myself thinking about her alt lately--
we had talked about selling her house her house---contact me if I can help I am so sorry Julie Anrews
I am so sorry to hear about Shirley. I worked with her back in Rochester in the 80's at Kathleen's on Second. She visited me up in Brainerd in 1988. We talked on the phone occasionaly and it was always fun to keep in touch and hear about her kids and Grand kids. she will be missed and I will remember her always. Blessings to her family. Becky
I met Shirley through my late husband over 20 years ago. She was my hair stylist as well as good friend for many years until her health interfered. We talked on the phone numerous times a day comparing our years growing up in Finnish families, our children and grandchildren, new recipes and soap operas. Although I had not seen her since last fall, I did have a brief visit with her by phone a week ago. I told "Saima" I loved her and she replied the same. It brings me peace to have been able to reach her. I regret that my husband and I are out of state so will not be able to attend her funeral service. "Rest in peace Shirley." Kathie B.
Dear Connie, Brian and Jeff,
Your Mom and I are third cousins and we grew up together and attented school together all the way through high school. In fact,your Dad and I were classmates. I have such fond memories of our growing up in the rural farming area outside of Houghton. We would ride bikes back and forth to each others homes and to Redridge and the Houghton Canal. We would take saunas at each others homes and take turns spending the night with each other. Your Mom always had a positive outlook and a happy smile for one and all. I only wish we could have lived closer in our adult years. I missed talking with her this past Christmas for that is when we would catch up on what was happening in our lives. My deepest sympathies to you and the world has lost a very good person.
Take care and God Bless!
Louise Folk Nuttall
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Your in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Our condolences to the family of cousin Shirley. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.