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Shirley Jean Maschino Jackson Obituary


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“Dianne, I send you my deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of your mother. She lived a vibrant and full life. I'll keep you in my...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: glenn williams - Vandalia, MI

“What a lovely lady Shirley was. Always kind and so very thoughtful. She shared so much of herself, and was so encouraging to new decorators. I...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Linda Fedewa - Portland, MI

“I never had the pleasure of taking a class from Shirley but I met her many years ago at ICES Convention and found her to be a great lady. ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Oleta Edwards - Danville, MO

“I remember taking a class if not 2 with Shirley. She was a true blessings to all of us that belong to ICES. ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: Kathy Malinowski - Toms River, NJ

“I was sorry to hear about her passing. I served on the Board of Directors of the International Cake Exploration Society (ICES) with Shirley. I am...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Millie Green - Indianapolis, IN

“Shirley will be missed. She was an inspiration to all of us cake decorators especially in Michigan. ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Dianne Gruenberg - MI

“Shirley was a wonderful sharing lady with so much talent that brought much joy to many of us. I count it a great privilege to have known her! ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: Elizabeth McMillan Dickson - LA

“We were sorry to hear about Shirley's passing. She was a great lady and will be missed. Ralph & Bea Swisher ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Ralph Swisher - Sarasota, FL

“Dianne and Duane, I am so sorry to hear about Shirley. I have many fond memories about growing up in and around the Jackson household. I also had...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Bill Swisher - Saint Joseph, MI

“My prayers are with you Dianne in the loss of your Mom. She will be missed. I remember all those beautiful cakes she use to make. We'll all have...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Vicki (Priebe) Parker - MI

“As a fellow cake decorator and ICES member I remember Shirley from the ICES convention in Michigan. She was a wonderful person and decorator. She...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Annette Molitor - Columbia, MO

“Shirley was a very special person and friend who I met through ICES. The cake decorating world has lost a star and will she will be missed by many!...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Francie Snodgrass - Cary, NC

“Sorry for the lost of this remarkable Lady. Shirley was know world wide in the cake field and will truly be missed by all. She left her mark in the...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Fran Wheat - Fairfax, VA

“Diane and family, so sorry for the loss of your mom. Give your dad a great big hug for me. No one could make a cake better than Miss Shirley. RIP. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Helen (poehlman) Nonnemacher - FL

“She will be missed in the cake world. I was lucky to have known her over the years she was active in ICES. A true lady and a sparkle in the universe....Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Kathy P Scott - Abbeville, SC

“To a very special friend, I will truly miss you. You taught me so much in the short time that we knew each other. You were the best Activity asst....Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Debbie Tumbleson - Dowagiac , MI

“Dear friend;I will sorely miss you after all these years. We have had some great memories together. I will remember you always. Jan ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: jan rodgerson - flint, MI

“my prayer are with the family Mrs. Jackson was a fine lady and enjoyed her very much she willbe missed at the timbers Arlene certified nursing...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: arlene keys - dowagiac, MI

“To the family of my first cousin once removed: Shirley was a vibrant, talented, loving person. It was a joy to know her and have her share her...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Sharon Stingley - North Las Vegas, NV


Shirley Jean Maschino Jackson, 87, of Dowagiac, died Sunday, June 2, 2013 in Borgess-Lee Hospital, Dowagiac. Shirley was born January 28, 1926 in Tecumseh, Michigan to Ernest and Alice (Hartsell) Maschino. She married Duane Everett Jackson May 8, 1948 in Eau Claire, Michigan. He survives. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, William Jackson; two sisters, Marilyn Reynolds, Janice Maschino; and one brother, Donald Maschino. Shirley was a self taught cake decorator. Along with her husband, she opened Shir-Lee's Cake and Candy Store in Niles, Michigan, and operated it for over twenty years. She taught classes to hundreds of people, and thoroughly enjoyed teaching 4-H youth. Shirley was a charter member and one of the first twenty five members of the International Cake Decorators Society where she served as National Secretary and Vice President. That organization has since grown to over 10, 000 members worldwide. In 1989, she was inducted into the society's Hall of Fame, an elite group of outstanding decorators. Shirley traveled the world, including places like South Africa and the State Penitentiary of Alaska, teaching decorating and gum paste design, a product of her own development. Sometimes people would travel to her home and stay with her for weeks at a time to learn from her. In 1974, Shirley entered an Ohio cake show with her completely edible Country Store masterpiece. Upon winning top honors, she was invited to participate in the annual Salon of Culinary Art Show in New York. As she always said, she was the real country bumpkin competing against world renowned chefs where she won first prize for her artistic pastillage. Over the years Shirley created a church cake to scale for her home church in New Jersey that covered three banquet tables. She met the designer of the Jefferson Nickel when she created a replica cake for the release of that coin at a local bank. She created a "Dave Thomas" cake that featured a statue of the Wendy's Restaurants owner for a store opening in Mishawaka. He complimented her on the likeness but felt bad about having to turn down a piece because of his diabetes. In 1974, she also created a Gingerbread Room for the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph. At the Timbers, Shirley became an Activity Assistant, telling her fellow residents of her world travels and teaching them the fine points of making gingerbread houses, Easter cookies, roses and a variety of decorative candies. She will always be remembered for her creativity, her wittiness, and her dry sense of humor. She was always the most sparkly one in the group, the "danglier" and "sparklier" the earrings, the better. Shirley will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Duane Jackson of Dowagiac; one daughter, Dianne Jackson of Dowagiac; one sister, Karen (Giles "Brock") Brockman of Petersburg, Michigan; one brother, Ronald (Dora Mae) Maschino of Britton, Michigan; one sister in law, Judy Maschino of Escanaba; one brother in law, Jim (Nancy) Reynolds of Adrian, Michigan; her husband's special sister in law, Sandy Jackson of St. Joseph; and one unofficial adopted son, Thomas Horrall of Cassopolis; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Family and friends will gather Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. in Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway Street, Cassopolis. Mrs. Jackson's remains will be laid to rest in Caldwell Cemetery, Eau Claire, Michigan. The family prefers memorial contributions to Hospice at Home, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085. Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.