Shirley Altman

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Shirley (Terry) Altman, 92, previously of Gaylord, passed away March 18, 2021. She was born on Oct 21, 1928, in Howell, Michigan to Marian and Earl Terry. She and her sister Norma grew up in Clarkston, Michigan where her parents owned and operated Terry’s Market.   Shirley graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in Detroit in 1950 and was awarded her RN license.

That fall she married Howard Altman, a former Clarkston Village Clerk and Director of Elections for Oakland County. Together they raised five children, Kathleen (Don) Ireland, Kristine Iid, Stephanie (Michael) Bonvallet, Sandra Altman, and Scott (Lynette) Altman.

Shirley was a longtime pediatric nurse who worked for Dr. James O’Neill.

Upon retirement, Shirley and Howard moved to Gaylord, Michigan. They spent many years enjoying the Michaywe community, traveling in their motor home, and seeing family.

In 2016 Shirley moved to Georgia to be near her son Scott and his family. Here she lived at Thrive of Frederica an Assisted Living Community, on St. Simons Island, Georgia.  Shirley will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Howard, and daughter Sandra, at Otsego Lake Township Cemetery, Gaylord, Michigan.

Shirley was a mother of five, a grandmother of seven, a great-grandmother of four, and a great- great- grandmother of one.  She will be forever remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, nurse, and friend.

The family will have a private graveside service at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home, 135 N. Center Ave., Gaylord, MI 49735,

2 comments on “Shirley Altman”

  1. michael Fahrner

    To the Altman family, I just learned of your mom’s passing and want to pass along condolences from myself and the entire Fahrner family.
    Sincerely, Mike Fahrner along with my father, Harry, and sisters; Marcia, Mary, and Sharon.

  2. Denise Domroese

    To the Altman Family.
    I worked with Mrs. Altman at Dr. James O’Neill and Dr. Charles Yee’s office. It was a honor and pleasure to work with her. She was kind, friendly, and professional and had a contagious laugh. I have so many fond memories of her.
    My deepest sympathy to the Altman family. She will be greatly missed.
    Sincerely, Denise Domroese

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