Shirley Davidson Fohlin, 86, of Meriden, loving wife of Crandall F. Fohlin, passed away on February 3, 2020 at The Village at Kensington Place in Meriden. She was born in Meriden on November 27, 1933, a daughter of the late Leslie and Minnie Dorscheid Davidson. Along with her husband Crandall she is survived by her children Kim Freeman and her husband James of Meriden, Kyle Fohlin also of Meriden, her sister Eileen Hummel, nieces; Lisa Hummel, Lori Brinzer, Lynda Romaine, and nephew Scott Hummel. Shirley worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Harold Kaller for many years. She also worked as a floral designer for Racker Associates. Shirley was a dedicated member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Meriden serving as a Sunday School teacher, lector, and communion assistant. Shirley was involved with a Tuesday morning Bible study group and read to the residents of Westfield Manor. Her Family would like to thank the staff that cared for her at the Harbor unit at The Village of Kensington Place. Friends may visit with her family on Friday February 7, from 5-7pm in Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave. Meriden. A service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday February 8 at 11am at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 164 Hanover St. Meriden. Interment will be held on Monday February 10, at 10:00 AM in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Shirley's name may be made to the VKP Associate Holiday Fund, 511 Kensington Ave. Meriden, CT 06451 Attn. Stephanie Burnelli, or to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 164 Hanover St. Meriden, CT 06451.

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  1. To pick just one memory of Shirley Fohlin, to me Aunt Shirley, would be impossible as they are without a number and all good. Shirley was a consummate volunteer, always helping all in need whether it be at the nursing home where she visited the lonely and forgotten. Shirley made lap blankets for the wheel chair bond. Shirley made sure that if someone needed a sweater for warmth that they would have it. Shirley would bring the residents home baked goods and homemade jellies for those with a sweet tooth. Shirley was an arts and crafts master and she used her timemaking these crafts so that they could be sold to raise money for various charities including Church, families in need, animals in need. There was no one or no creature she would not help. Shirley’s heart was bigger then any heart I have ever known. I remember when she was collecting blue jeans and pencils. I believe it was for the children of Poland but could have been anywhere and I’m sure she did this for children and people in other places as well. Shirley helped locally. Shirley helped globally. Shirley led by example, planting seeds of Faith in whoever she came across including myself. It is said that we own nothing that every blessing we have is on loan from God. I will always thank God for the blessing that was my Aunt Shirley. May Shirley’s faithful Soul through the mercy of God rest in peace Amen.

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