Doris E. (Potter) Stirlen, 99, of Hudson, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 2, 2019, following a period of declining health.
She was born in Camden, New Jersey, the daughter of the late George B. Potter and Mabel B. (Larsen) Potter and lived most of her early life in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. She was a graduate of the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Wilmington, Delaware, with the Class of 1941, and practiced there briefly, until leaving to raise her family. She was the wife, of 49 years, of William L. Stirlen, who died in 1991, and had lived in Hudson for the past 25 years.
She was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester, MA, a 21-year volunteer at Marlborough Hospital, and a member of the Hudson Senior Center, where she was active in the weekly line-dancing program. She enjoyed baking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her children, Elaine S. Fecteau of Hudson, Thomas P. Stirlen of Hudson, with whom she made her home, Eugene D. Stirlen, and his wife, Karen, of Colchester, CT, and Lynn S. McDonald, and her husband, Michael, of Graniteville, SC, her son-in-law, Robert S. Veith, and his wife, Rose, of Marlborough, a daughter-in-law, Mary P. Stirlen, of Arlington Heights, IL, 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was pre-deceased, in 1999, by her daughter, Lucinda S. Veith, and by her son, William L. Stirlen, Jr., in 2014.
Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, Inc., 50 Central Street, Hudson, is in charge of arrangements. Calling hours, at the funeral home, are scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. There are no services. Interment in Cape May Courthouse, NJ, will follow at a later date, at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church Street, Hudson, MA 01749.
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