Shirleyann Cardinal, 82, of Danbury died July 9, 2009, at Pope John Paul Nursing & Rehabilitation Center after a valiant fight with cancer.

Mrs. Cardinal was born May 16, 1927, in Medford, Mass., to the late Eudore and Emma (Priestas) Cardinal.

She attended St. Xavier Academy in Providence, R.I., and Lesley Teachers College in Cambridge, Mass. She taught at Southbury Training School, as well as in one of the first classes for mentally handicapped children in Bridgeport.

Before retiring, she worked as a waitress, caterer and a child care provider to many children in Fairfield County.

Mrs. Cardinal enjoyed traveling, playing poker, bingo, Scrabble and bridge, doing word search and jigsaw puzzles, and being with her family.

Besides her daughter, Deborah (Slais) Brown and her husband Todd of Danbury, she is survived by a granddaughter, Jen Brown and her husband Bob Waibel of New Milford; two grandsons, Todd Brown and his wife Tammy of Bethel and Scott Brown of New Milford; four great-grand-children, Alexis Brown of New Milford, and Dawson, Kobe and Mason Brown of Bethel; two sisters, Estelle Denault and her husband Louis of Davenport, Fla., and Claudette Nunes of Middletown, R.I.; and her special friends, JoAnn Hodgman and Jane Leware.

The Cornell Memorial Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 40 North St., Danbury, CT 06810 or to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC 27317.