February 1, 1924 – May 8, 2018
SHIRLEY P. (WEGENER) HARRINGTON 1924 - 2018 NORWICH - Shirley P. (Wegener) Harrington, 94, died peacefully at home on May 8th. She was born in Milwaukee, WI on Feb.1,1924. She attended Milwaukee State Teachers College receiving her B.S. in Lower Elementary Education. She taught school in Milwaukee until 1965. In 1950, she married Richard Ehn. Their son, Richard (Rick) was born in 1955. She remarried Arthur Harrington in 1965. They moved to Gales Ferry then to Pawcatuck. Shirley was a substitute teacher in Norwich and Westerly,RI. After Arthur's death, she became an active member and president of Widowed Persons. She organized the Mystic 50s+ Singles Club. Volunteering was Shirley's passion, donating her time at Westerly and Backus Hospitals and Pendleton and Orchard Grove nursing homes. For over 15 years, she volunteered for the Red Cross receiving the Herbert Lang award for outstanding volunteer twice, and received the Red Cross Blood Services Hero Award. Other places she volunteered were: RSVP Norwich and New London, the Inter-generation program, the Rose City Senior Center, and Westerly Oats and Spirit of Broadway Theaters. She worked at soup kitchens and volunteered at Church. Her trademark was the red,white and blue bow she wore in her hair since 9/11. Her ready smile made people feel loved. Shirley is survived by her daughterin-law, Lisa Harrington and grandsons, Shaun and Ryan Harrington. She is predeceased by husband, Arthur, son, Richard, her parents, and sister, Juanita Bushay. There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on May 20th at 2 p.m. St. Luke's Church in Gales Ferry. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Luke's or a charity of choice.
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May 13, 2018
Shirley came to the Groton Public Library while I was a part of the Children's Services Department and would ask for book recomendations. She would hold TV storytimes on one of the local Norwich tv channels. It was always a pleasant time to work with her at selecting just the right books, or offer her my favorites to share. Shirley was indeed a very special lady . So glad to have met her.