Shirley A Warden

January 16, 1942October 3, 2020

Mrs. Shirley A. Warden, age 78, of Potsdam, NY passed away on October 3, 2020 at the United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care in Canton, NY. Arrangements are with the Garner Funeral Service. Shirley will be painfully missed by her friends and family, but we intend to celebrate her life at a later date at the Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam, NY. For those interested in remembering her with a donoation, contributions can be made to Potsdam Humane Society. Arrangements are entrusted to the Garner Funeral Service. Shirley was a passionate animal advocate and raised several Newfoundland dogs.

Shirley is survived by her loving husband Lynn Warden of Potsdam; a son Thomas (Jeramarie) Warden of Esko, MN; daughters Susan Warden of San Francisco and Diane Warden-Gaylord of Saratoga Springs, NY; daughter-in-law Marjorie Warden of Potsdam; brother Bruce Fischer of Virginia Beach, VA and 10 grandchildren Abby, Brendan, Maggie, Connor, Max, Peyton, Ellie, Amelia, Henry, and Violet. She is predeceased by a son Michael Warden.

Shirley was born on January 16, 1942 in Elmira, NY to the late Henry and Marie Howland Fischer. She was a 1960 graduate of South Side High School in Elmira, NY and 1963 graduate of Arnet-Ogden Nursing School. On July 20, 1963 she was married to Lynn T. Warden. Shirley was a nurse throughout her career. She was an ED nurse at the Corning, NY hospital and then she worked at Canton-Potsdam Hospital for 5 years. She then went to work for Parishville-Hopkinton Central School as their school nurse and then worked for St. Lawrence University until her retirement in 2003.

After retiring she and her husband operated the Raquette River Bed and Breakfast out of their home for 6 years on River Road in Potsdam. Shirley was an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching and kayaking on the river. Her favorite activity by far was spending time with her grandchildren. She is adored and loved by all of her grandchildren. Shirley also worked for the TRIAD for 6 years. What friends and family will remember the most about Shirley is how she lived life to the fullest, made the most out of every moment and was always there to help anyone in need with an infectious smile.

The Warden family would like to thank the entire staff at United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care for their loving care, devotion and support during very challenging times. These dedicated and compassionate frontline workers were like a family to her. Shirley will be missed. Thoughts, memories and condolences can be shared


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020


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Ed & Rosalie Hamel

October 15, 2020

Lynn and Family,
So very sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. May all your wonderful memories of her give you comfort and peace.
With much sympathy, Ed and Rosalie Hamel

Richard & Peggy Babcock

October 8, 2020

Dear Lynn, Tom and girls

So sorry to here of Shirley's passing... She will be sorely missed by all... We all had some good times together....

Taylor Ellis

October 7, 2020

Shirley is missed by many of us at United Helpers Canton (Maplewood). Her door was always open to us, and many of us often went in when we were having a bad day or just to visit. Our deepest condolences to Lynn and family during this hard time. Shirley is deeply missed.
Taylor Ellis, and the evening staff.

Cindy Warburton

October 6, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband, family and friends. Shirley was a dear friend of our mother. We believe they are now together in Heaven. Resting peacefully without pain or worry. The family of Duana Carey

Mary Jane Purves

October 5, 2020

Your family doesn't know me but I want to share my condolences with your family. Shirley will be missed by many.She was always so friendly,upbeat and caring.

Larry & Mickey McKenna

October 5, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
We have wonderful memories of hockey days and times at the McKenna Homestead. May peace be with you all.
Larry & Mickey

Ann Schorge

October 5, 2020

I met Shirley at Maplewood a few years ago as she and my husband John shared a dining table. Lynn would visit often and as I went daily we all got acquainted. She was always upbeat and a great conversationalist. From what I read she had a full life and has a large loving family.

Please accept my sincere condolences to all who knew and cared for Shirley. She is missed.

Jennie Ramsay -Flanagan

October 4, 2020

All my heart to you, Susan and Tom! Your mom was such as a bright light and her smile lit up a room!

Know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time.


Megan Corbett Ladouceur

October 4, 2020

To the Warden Family - I am sadden to learn that of Mrs. Warden's passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Megan Corbett Ladouceur

Kyle Colby

October 4, 2020

Lynn, I am so saddened to learn of the passing of Shirley. She was a remarkable woman. I always enjoyed visiting with her in the store. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She will never be forgotten.


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