Shirley Hromadko, 1927-2018

Published 1:00 am Saturday, September 15, 2018

Shirley Ann Hromadko, nee Smith, passed peacefully Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Palm Desert, California.

Shirley was born Nov. 1, 1927, in Minneapolis to parents Carl Smith and Ariel Lund Smith. She was the youngest child of three; brothers Robert Carl Smith of Golden Valley and Kenneth Smith of North Minneapolis are both deceased.

Shirley graduated from St. Louis Park High School.

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She married Hopkins native Richard Hromadko in 1948. They stayed in Minnesota raising their family until 1986, when they retired to Indio, California. She and Richard were married 65 years prior to his death in 2014. They enjoyed golf, dancing and music from the swing era.

Shirley, always a bright light, lived the adage, “make new friends, but keep the old,” maintaining friendships with those throughout her life. An avid storyteller, she loved sharing tales of days past with family and friends. Also passionate about politics and the rights of seniors, she served as an ambassador and resident advocate for her assisted living community. Determined to live a vibrant life, she participated fully in family and community outings, games, church services and musical events.

Shirley is survived by her children Gary F. Hromadko (spouse, Christine Wulfhorst) of San Francisco and Gail A. Hromadko (spouse, Pamela J. Peery) of Morongo Valley.

In lieu of flowers, and in the spirit of Shirley, donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Memorial messages may be left at