Shirley Chisholm Baade Knapp


PORTLAND – Shirley Chisholm Baade Knapp, 75, of Wing Street, Lisbon Falls passed away from heart failure on Wednesday, April 12, at Maine Medical Center with her family by her side.

She was born in Portland on April 26, 1930, the daughter of Sally Strople Sinnett and John F. Chisholm. She grew up in Portland and graduated from Deering High School in 1948. She was also a graduate of Westbrook Junior College and attended the Portland School of Art.

A dedicated mother, while her children were young she volunteered in her children’s schools and was involved as a leader in the Girl and Boy Scouts.

Her children and grandchildren brought her much joy and pride. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s athletic events, bowling, the theatre, reading, drawing, vacationing in Cape Breton, aviation and flying in her Cessna and 1946 Aercoup airplanes, and watching “General Hospital.” Her other interests were collecting cats and spoons, yard sales, word games, and sewing, especially Halloween costumes and making doll clothes for her granddaughters. Her demure smile, her gentle and kind heart and her generosity of spirit will be missed by everyone whose lives she touched.

She was a member of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The Humane Society of the United States, and The National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Survivors include three daughters, Carla Turner, and her husband, William, Christa Baade and her partner, Todd Temple, Gretchen Baade and her partner, Jim Kons; three sons, Eric Baade and his wife, Deborah, Scott Baade and his wife, Elina, Paul Baade and his partner, Nikki Harmon; her special friend, Burt Springer; grandchildren, Jenna and Christopher, Christian, Carl, Ben, Charlotte, and Alexandria; two great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; several longtime very dear friends; and her cat, Sybil.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, William Knapp; and the father of her six children, Carl P. Baade Jr.

The family would like to extend special thanks to all the doctors, physician assistants, CNAs and nurses who provided such good care to Mrs. Knapp in the last week of her life.