Shirley Marie (Mattson) Kero | News, Sports, Jobs


NEGAUNEE, MI – Shirley Marie (Mattson) Kero, 88, of 130 Mattson Road, Negaunee, died at Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee on August 4, 2022.

Shirley was born March 16, 1934 in Negaunee, Michigan to the late Jalmer and Ellen (Koski) Mattson. She graduated from Negaunee High School in 1952 and Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1956. Just two weeks after graduating from college, she married Theodore. “Ted” Mr. Kero on June 23, 1956. She taught advanced mathematics at Northern Michigan University and Houghton High School and did substitute teaching in the Negaunee school system. She was a beloved mother, housewife, and aunt and grandmother—occupations from which she never gladly retired.

Shirley enjoyed quilting, sewing, knitting and crafts of all kinds. She was famous for her pastry, especially her Finnish pulla. She has traveled extensively in North America and Europe with Ted and his family. She enjoyed visiting, exchanging entertaining stories and hosting large themed celebrations with her family and friends. She cherished her family and, above all, her faith.

Survivors include her children: David (Liz) Kero of Negaunee, Julie (Brian) Hintsala of Negaunee, Valerie (Bob) Hintsala of Proctor, MN, Heidi Johnson of Negaunee, Peter (Miriam) Kero of Hibbing, MN; two sisters: Julie Johnson of Marquette and Margie Isaacs of Hibbing, MN; sister-in-law, Anna Mattson of Negaunee; and his 13 grandchildren, their spouses and children, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and a loving host of brothers and sisters in the faith.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Ted Kero on May 24, 2022, her sister, Mildred (Uuno) Ropponen, her brothers: Richard, Donald, Lawrence (Kay) Mattson.

The family will greet relatives and friends at Negaunee Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church from 11:00 a.m. until time of services at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 6, 2022, with Don Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Negaunee City Cemetery. A snack will follow in the parish hall.

Shirley’s obituary can also be viewed at, where relatives and friends can leave a note of remembrance.


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