Shirley J. Shelto, 74, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 while under Hospice care in Colchester, CT. She was born December 17, 1946 in Van Buren, ME to Germaine (LaBonte) and Joseph Parent. Growing up, Shirley spent many summers on the family farm in St. Leonard, Canada. She is a 1965 graduate of Bulkeley High School. Her data processing career spanned insurance, retail, and government. Married to Frank Shelto, a Navy Veteran, they loved boating here in Connecticut and Florida. As a couple, many good times were had at the First Company Governors Foot Guard in Hartford. A lover of animals, she always had cats and enjoyed seeing and feeding her backyard wildlife. Her love of felines were her children. Shirley was active within Colchester's Senior community. She is predeceased by her husband, parents, and grandparents. Shirley is survived by a sister and brother plus a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial Service to be held at a future date. Donations in Shirley's memory can be made to Protectors of Animals. There are no calling hours.
Published by Hartford Courant on Oct. 17, 2021.