Heaven received another angel Shirley Elizabeth (Harkonen) Arthon passed away peacefully Thursday October 4, 2012 with family at her side and a smile on her face.

Shirley was born in upper Michigan on January 9, 1936 the daughter of Reno and Impi (Thauriainen) Harkonen. She married Gerard Arthon on June 21, 1955 in Chicago where they met.

Shirley will be best remembered for her huge heart, open household, her oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies and her love of animals.

Shirley Is survived by her children Mike (Paula) Arthon, Pat (Patty) Arthon Sue (Chuck) Elliott, her sisters Roberta (Jack) Korhonen, Janet (Gus) Therrian, a sister-in-law Maryanne Harkonen, the other grandma Dorothy Wilkosz, her grandchildren Lauren, Katie (Ridge), Samantha, Megan, her 2 great grandchildren, her extended family Sean, Jill, Tom, Michelle Ryan, many nieces and nephews, friends and her extended family at Cottage Care Center.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years Gerard, daughter Mickey, brother Ron, cousin LaVern, her parents, grandparents and very special Aunt Elsie Harkonen.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Windridge Memorial Park, Cary, IL.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to your local animal shelter or Food Pantry.