Shirley A. (Rafuse) Grant, age 75, of Hamden, CT, formerly of Norwood & Walpole, MA, passed away peacefully on June 19, 2010. Shirley is the widow of Walter L. Grant. Born in Walpole, MA on Feb. 11, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Vernon & Frances Taylor Rafuse. Shirley is the mother of Gary L. Grant of Hamden, Kenneth N. & his wife Susan Grant of Hamden, Ronald L. Grant, Sr of Wallingford and the late Jeffrey A. Grant; grandmother of Stephanie and Lauren Grant of Hamden and Lindsey & Ronald Grant, Jr of Wallingford; sister of Phyllis Dolan of Whiting, NJ, Gloria Dramis of Westwood, MA, Sally Russell of Canton, MA, Brenda Zonfrillo of Norwood, MA, Robert Rafuse of North Attleboro, MA and the late Maxine Weldon of Dedham, MA, Helen Puopolo of Walpole, MA and Betty-Lou Pelletier of Norwood, MA; sister-in-law of Marsha Dawn (Jim) Spencer of Fort Worth, TX and aunt of David Spencer of Dallas, TX. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave. Hamden on Wednesday at 9:15 AM followed by her Service in Christ Lutheran Church, 600 Shepard Ave, Hamden at 10:00 AM. Friends may also visit with her family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 PM. Interment will take place in Centerville Cemetery.

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  1. Dear Gary & Family- Michael and I are so sorry to hear of your moms passing. We were at stop and shop on Sunday and learned of this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lisa & Michael

  2. Shirley was a wonderful neighbor and friend. Always there to listen or tell stories which she had so many. She will be missed very much.

  3. Dear Gary I’m sorry for your loss. I’ve fond memories of both your mom & dad while growing up in the neighborhood… Louie

  4. Gary, Kenny & Ronnie: My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families. It’s been awhile since we seen each other but think about everyone often. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. Your Mom will always be remembered.

  5. Gary,Kenny & Ronnie, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. We often remininiscence of the the numerous picnics,parties & especially the camping trips with our children. She will always be in our thoughts. Bill & Mary

  6. Gary,Kenny and Ronnie, I am sorry I am uable to be there, but my thoughts and prayers are with you. I will truely miss Shirley Love, Sandra

  7. Dear Sue, Ken and Family, my well wishes and sympathy go out to you and your family at the loss of your loved one Mom and Mother-in-law and Grandmother Shirley. She will be at His Throne to watch over all for all eternity. The short time I knew her she was beautiful inside and out. Take Care and God Bless you in this your sad time. But I know she will never, never leave your hearts. Roberta (Sue’s Next Door Neighbor and Friend)

  8. Ken, Sue and family, I’m very sorry for the loss of your mother. Please accept our condolences and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. God Bless….

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