DiLuzio Foley And Fletcher Funeral Homes

33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH


Shirley Ann Croteau

September 5, 1944January 1, 2020

Shirley Ann Croteau (age 75) passed away January 1, 2020 at Genesis, Keene Center, NH. She was born to the late Edward Isaac Gayton, Jr. and Athlena Grace (Leet) Nelson on September 5, 1944. She had been a longtime resident of Marlborough, NH.

Shirley was an active member of the Marlborough community where she was a co-founding member of the Marl-Harris First Aid and Emergency Squad Inc., a crossing guard for the town, a dedicated town sports fan, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Marlborough American Legion Croteau Coutts Post 24 and Keene American Legion Post #4, and a past member of the Federated Church of Marlborough and Ladies Auxiliary for the Marlborough Fire Department. Prior to her passing Shirley resided at Genesis Keene Center. She loved singing, especially country music, square dancing, and coffee brandy.

Shirley was devoted to her family and friends. She was predeceased by her loving husbands: David Alton Gordon and Linwood Bruce Croteau. She was also predeceased by her brothers James Harmon and Norris Nelson Jr, sister Edith (Harmon) Magoon, and her son, Linwood Clevis Croteau. She is survived by her brother Bill Harmon and wife Lisa of Keene and Otis Nelson of Vermont, and sisters Linda Jackson of Keene and Rosalie Nelson of Vermont. She is also survived by Davida (Gordon) and John Rondeau of Keene, Brenda Croteau and Bethany Moncivaiz of Arizona, Tammie (Croteau) and Joe Patnode Jr. of Swanzey, and Deborah Croteau and Larry Garnett of Maryland. She is also survived by daughter-in-law Lois Croteau. She is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grand children.

Calling hours will be held at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro St, Keene, NH on Monday, January 6th, from 4 to 8 pm. Celebration of life and graveside services will be tentatively held on June 6th, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Shirley's name to the Friends of Marl-Harris, attn. Phyllis Manning, PO Box 487, Marlborough, NH 03455.

The Family extends their warmest gratitude to friends, family, and the Genesis staff for their care and compassion.


  • David Alton Gordon, Husband (deceased)
  • Linwood Bruce Croteau, Husband (deceased)
  • Davida (Gordon) Rondeau (John Rondeau), Daughter
  • Brenda Croteau (Bethany Moncivaiz), Daughter
  • Tammie (Croteau) Patnode (Joe Patnode, Jr.), Daughter
  • Deborah Croteau (Larry Garnett), Daughter
  • Linwood Clevis Croteau, Son (deceased)
  • Lois Croteau, Daughter-in-law
  • Bill Harmon (Lisa Harmon), Brother
  • Otis Nelson, Brother
  • Linda Jackson, Sister
  • Rosalie Nelson, Sister
  • James Harmon, Brother (deceased)
  • Norris Nelson, Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Edith (Harmon) Magoon, Sister (deceased)
  • Edward Isaac Gayton, Jr., Father (deceased)
  • Athlena Grace (Leet) Nelson, Mother (deceased)
  • Mrs. Croteau is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

  • Friends of Marl-Harris (attn. Phyllis Manning)


  • Calling Hours Monday, January 6, 2020


Shirley Ann Croteau

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Chuck and Carleen Ashley

January 8, 2020

Bill and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. Shirley was a really funny lady. She defiantly told it like it was. She will be missed.

Love, Chuck and Carleen

Jessie & Donna Hallowell & Family’s

January 5, 2020

When my mom and I have spoken about Shirley over the past week a smile has come to my mom’s face. I could see her thinking of the past., They were life long friends. My mom!s memory is fading but not of Shirley. She was/is one of the kindest person I/we have ever known. Always a smile on her face when Mom would bring me to visit her in Marlborough. I always was so happy to go. I knew I would be greeted with kindness. Always looking forward to see her cool living room. And always knowing I would get to see and play with Davida. I never knew when I would see Davida & Shirley as I have grown. Always at different places, Because they were always out and about. I always would get that beautiful smile and hug and a kiss from Shirley. always followed by the same question “how is your Mom.” I am now taking care of my mom as she now needs care. And if I can do half the job That Davida and the rest of Shirleys family did at loving & caring for her as she has needed care I will know I have done a good job. I always wonder what would be done for Shirley in this case. Because I have seen families care for a aging parent. But what I have seen and learned from Shirley’s family has been one of the most loving and caring I have known. God speed to you Shirley . You have much to do now and many to see you have waited so long to see. I know you are being united by many people who love you in heaven. Your in good hands this I know. But I will miss seeing you. But one thing is for certain, I will always remember you with so much love kindness. When your spirit collides with my Uncle Herman, my dad and Debbie and the rest..please Tell them all is fine with mom, that I am trying to care for her with everything I have learned of your care & love okay. Now your a angel and you can fly. Oh how the view must be one of beauty like you’ve never known. And that is good. God bless you Shirley Gordon... Love, Donna and Jessie.

Judith Lightfoot

January 3, 2020

As one of her past nurses, I have such wonderful memories of Shirley. She brightened everyone's day, sometimes in the most unexpected ways. Funny, irreverent, loving....most every conversations ending with "you know I love you, right?" She clearly loved her family and enjoyed her days out with them. She will be remembered dearly.