Shirley M. (Carson) Garlisi

  • Born: October 3, 1936
  • Died: October 18, 2021
  • Location: Maynard, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Sister

Shirley M. (Carson) Garlisi, age 85, of Maynard, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 18, 2021. She was the loving and dueling sweetheart of the late Charles J. Garlisi Sr.

Born in Waltham, Massachusetts, on October 3, 1936, she was the daughter of the late John and Carrie (Arthur) Carson. Shirley was raised and educated in Waltham. Shirley and Charles married on October 30, 1954.

Shirley worked for the Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard for many years as an Administrative Assistant. She also worked security, retail and a variety of interesting jobs.

Family was most important to Shirley. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Shirley and Charlie enjoyed playing cribbage together. They also enjoyed traveling with family and friends, and especially traveling cross country on their motorcycle and in their fifth wheel camper.

Shirley was predeceased by her son Charles "Chuck" J. Garlisi Jr. She is survived by her children and daughter in-laws, Donna Garlisi of Maynard, Jean Garlisi and wife Judy Bottomley of Hudson, MA; Jack Garlisi and wife Brenda of Hubbardston, MA; Dwayne Garlisi of Westminster MA; her sister, Barbara Joan Schuler and husband Tom of Maynard, Cousin John Foreman (predeceased), his husband Steven, Gerri and family, her grandchildren and their spouses, Shayna, Dayna, Shane and Bri, Jessica and Mike, Tyler, Angela and Eric, Candace, Ryan, Adam, Chad and Britany, Eric; niece Laurie (predeceased) and her husband Ken, children Melissa, Kris, Kerri, Brian and his wife Jess and nephew Rusty, ex-daughter in-law Sandy, her great-grandchildren Anthony, Robby, Kaighdynce, Paisley, Juliette, Logan Lennen, Griffin, Jack and Kendall.

She had close childhood friends who remained part of her extended family throughout her life, Claudia Defreitas (predeceased), her sons Blaine and Donald, daughter Yvonne and her husband Greg, daughters Erica and Ali; Charlie Phelan (predeceased) his wife Diane Phelan, children Nick, Tracy and Alison (predeceased); Carol Justice (predeceased) and her children, especially her daughter Libbie. She also had wonderful relationships with all her children's in-laws.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Shirley on Monday, November 1, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord St., Maynard, MA 01754. Her graveside service will be celebrated on Thursday November 4, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery 260 Great Road, Maynard, MA 01754.

Gifts in her memory to Society of Women Engineers Maynard Acton Boxboro Littleton Engineering Club which was created in honor of her niece Laura L Schuler. Electronic methods, specify MABLE in comment box: PayPal - treasurer@sweboston.org Venmo - @SWE-Boston. Make checks payable to SWE-Boston, write MABLE in the memo field on check. Send checks to: SWE Boston c/o MABLE P.O. Box 244 Woburn, MA 01801


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Posted by Pauline Lemoine - Friend   November 01, 2021

Already missing you Shirley. You were and still are one of the sweetest ladies Andy and I know. We were so blessed to call you a dear friend and a family member. You loved, accepted, and laughed with us. Always giving of a warm hug and a smile. We were honored to be with you on your last day of your life and know we will always carry your spirit with us. May all your Children, Grand children and Great grand children, Sister, Family and Friends know we are praying for them to find peace and comfort. You were called on by Charlie, Chucky, Laurie and many others. Shine bright and fly high Shirley. We Love you and will see you again. xoxox

Posted by Pauline and Andy Lemoine - Hubbardston, MA - Friend   November 01, 2021

Shirley always greeted everyone with open, welcoming arms and a warm accepting heart; She set the bar for "once family always family" , her inspiration will live on in the hearts of her Family and Friends. Our Deepest Sympathys to all

Posted by Deb Bottomley and Re Pruyn - Milford, MA - Friend   October 30, 2021

To be a star, you must shine your own light, and don't worry about the darkness, For that is when stars shine BRIGATESR. We will look for you. Ed & Maxine

Posted by Cossette - Bolton, MA - Family Friend   October 27, 2021

So Full of Life, Love and Positivity. Rest in Peace and God's Speed to you Shirley! You will be so Missed by All and Us! When we get to the other side with you, we will have to get that Lobster Dinner. Love You Shirley!

Posted by Sue & Jim Larson - Hudson, MA - Friend   October 25, 2021

Rest in Peace Aunt Shirley we will all miss you. Love from the Smith & Moore Families

Posted by Geraldine Smith - North Fort Myers, FL   October 24, 2021


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