Shirley Jean Menter, age 75 of Emmons Lane in Lebanon, ME, died February 15, 2014, at Hyder House Hospice with her family at her side.
Born January 24, 1939, in Kane, PA. She was the daughter of Carroll and Thelma Fowler. Shirley at the age of 14 contracted polio and was in an "iron lung" for many months. Her will to live and zest for life became apparent at the young age as she worked to recover. She never let her illness define her life.
She graduated from Warren High School, Class of 57, Warren, PA, Penn State University, State College, PA where she earned a BA in elementary education. Shirley taught school in Pennsylvania, California, and New Hampshire. After leaving teaching she worked at Foster's Daily Democrat. Shirley was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, crafts, traveling, dining out, and her dog Tiki.
Shirley is survived by husband of 30 years Albert Menter, Lebanon, ME, sons Darren Maxwell (Shari) Rochester, NH; Brett Maxwell, Rochester, NH; Jason Menter (Brooke), Saco, ME; Justin Menter (Elisabeth), Berwick, ME and brother Richard Fowler (Shaaneet), Cuyahoga Falls, OH, and 8 grandchildren.
Shirley will be deeply missed by family and many friends.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at 11:00 AM in the chapel of the Peaslee Funeral Home, 24 Central Street in Farmington, NH.
Donations may be made in her memory to the American Lung Assoc., or Shriner's Hospital for Children, or a charity of your choice.