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Van Splinter, Shirley

Shirleyann (Anderson) Van Splinter, 85, of Westwood, Mass., passed away May 18, 2020 after a brief illness with Covid-19. She is survived by her husband of 59 years Richard Van Splinter; two daughters, Susan Edwards and her husband Scott of Holliston, Mass., and Beth Stebbins and her husband Douglas of Westwood, Mass; six grandchildren – Matthew, Nicholas and Allison Edwards and Carley, Jack and Jason Stebbins; and her sister, Nancy Bennett of Benton, Maine. She was the daughter of the late Knut and Ebba Anderson and the sister of the late Bertel Anderson. Born in Brattleboro, Vt., Shirley was raised in Whitefield, Maine. She graduated from Cony High School in Augusta and earned her RN in 1955 from the Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing in Glen Ridge, N.J. where her mother was a graduate in 1925. Shirley was the first scholarship recipient of the Mountainside School of Nursing Alumni Association. She dedicated her professional life to nursing in the New York, New Jersey, and Boston areas. Shirley and Richard raised their daughters in Chatham, N.J., and later lived in London, England for 11 years, where they brought their family on trips around the world. Shirley was an active member and volunteer with the Chatham United Methodist Church and Women’s Circle, the American Women’s Club in London, and the American School in London. Shirley loved flowers, writing letters, her Swedish heritage, London and Maine. More than anything, she treasured her time with her family, whether it was cookouts at the Cape, family dinners in Westwood or Holliston, or just being with her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed. A private memorial service will be held at Pemaquid Point, Maine, at a later date. Memorial donations can be made in Shirley’s name to the Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association Scholarship (MHAA), 3 Canterbury Road, Boonton Twp., New Jersey 07005

Guestbook Entries

  1. Summyyah James
    May 20th, 2020 | 6:38 pm

    My prays are with your family, may your mom Rest in Heaven❤

    Summyyah James & Family

  2. Paula & Lew Rosenberg
    May 20th, 2020 | 7:17 pm

    Dick, We are heartbroken to learn of Shirley’s passing. May the beautiful memories of your marriage be a source of comfort to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers and are here for you.

    Paula & Lew Rosenberg

  3. Amy Robertson
    May 20th, 2020 | 10:24 pm

    Dear Beth,

    I am so very sorry to hear of your mother’s death. She was an inspiration and a mentor to many. May you and your family keep her memory safe inside your hearts and celebrate the life she lived in sharing special memories of her together. Blessings to you all.

    With deepest sympathy,

  4. Kim Van Splinter
    May 21st, 2020 | 11:23 am

    Uncle Dick, Susan, Beth, Scott, Doug and all the grandchildren I am so very sorry for your loss. So many good memories with Aunt Shirley. Her frequent letters always brought a big smile to my mom! Please take comfort in the fact that hers was a life well-lived! She not only had 2 daughters, but 6 grandchildren to be proud of as well. There are no words to make this better, but please know the whole family is thinking of you all and sending our love in this time of immense grief. RIP Aunt Shirley

  5. Jackie (Cronin) Dunn
    May 21st, 2020 | 8:11 pm

    Dear Beth, I was so sorry to hear about your Mom I remember going to your house in South Kensington and how warm and welcoming she was to me. She was a lovely person who I immediately felt comfortable around as an awkward teenager. I remember seeing your mom and dad together when I’d go to your house and I could see how they truly adored each other and it was so wonderful to see. I know how hard it is to lose a parent no matter how old you are but I know that the memories that you and your family have of your mom will help you through the difficult days. She lived a wonderful life and her legacy will live on through all of the lives she touched.
    Take care and God bless you, your dad and your entire family.

  6. Cynthia Critelli
    May 27th, 2020 | 4:22 pm

    Uncle Dick, Sue, Scott,Beth, Doug and kids
    My heart goes out to all of you- Aunt Shirley will be missed but, her memories will be cherished. Love you all so much <3

  7. Linda Burrows
    June 12th, 2020 | 2:22 pm

    Dear Dick, you don’t know me, but I was a classmate of Shirleys at Mountainside many years ago. Bobbi told me of Shirley’s passing and I never dreamed it would be of Covid! I am so sorry to hear of this and I hope you are OK, also, since I heard you had it, as well. We all will miss Shirley and she will be remembered by the remaining classmates. My sincere sympathy

    Linda Mowerson Burrows

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