Shirley Ann Hanchette

Shirley Ann Hanchette, age 79 of Delavan, WI, passed away on Thursday, September 5th, 2013. She was born March 11, 1934 in Watertown, New York.  The daughter of Michael and Frances (Dunkelberg) McCarthy.  Shirley was united in marriage to William D. Hanchette in Brownville, NY in 1951.  She was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Delavan, WI.

Shirley is survived by her husband William, her children Mike Hanchette, Steve (Carol) Hanchette, Kathy Cascanet, Mary (Jim) Brellenthin, Paul Hanchette, Peggy (David) Byrd, Janet (Dennis) Trombley, Billy (Kathy) Hanchette, Tom (Bridget) Hanchette, and Lisa (Mark) Hanchette, twenty-three grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren on the way, and a sister Margaret Thomas of Hilton, New York.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister Eileen Johnson.

After marriage, Shirley, Bill and the growing family resided in a number of areas including Connecticut, New York, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Since moving to Delavan in the early 1970’s and before retiring in 2000, Shirley alternately worked in and managed the deli business of local area grocery stores including Schmalings, Sentry Foods, and Piggly Wiggly where she worked to ensure high levels of service. 

Shirley dedicated her life to raising and supporting her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She worked full time while still managing to run a household complete with home cooked meals, attending school events, and a variety of other activities that her kids/grandkids were involved in.  Shirley was a true Christian who quietly gave of herself and faithfully served others her entire life.

The family wishes to thank the incredible staff of Heartland Hospice for their excellent care of Shirley and help along this journey as well as all of the dedicated physicians and nurses at UW Hospital and Mercy Health System.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 7th at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 107 W. Walworth Street, Elkhorn, WI.  Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to services Saturday at the church.  A burial service will take place at a later date in Brownville, New York.

Memorial donations may be made to the Harold Johnson Food Pantry at St. Andrews Church in Delavan, WI.  MONROE FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family.  Visit us at

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