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Francelia Beverly Shanahan

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Francelia Beverly Shanahan, 90, of 26 Saratoga Drive, Pittsfield, Mass., formerly of Bennington, Vt., and later of Utica, N.Y., died Sunday afternoon, April 30, at Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility in Pittsfield, where she had resided for the past three years.

Born in Bennington Jan. 15, 1916, the daughter of Edward C. and Mary Deslaurier Shanahan, she was a 1934 graduate of Bennington High School and a 1937 graduate of the former Hillcrest School of Nursing in Pittsfield.

Miss Shanahan was a physical therapist employed by Faxton Children’s Hospital in Utica, N.Y., for 45 years, retiring in the early 1980s.

She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Pittsfield. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading and bowling.

Miss Shanahan is survived by three nieces, including Pittsfield tax collector Marilyn W. Sheehan, with whom she had made her home; Beverly H. White-Corl of Pittsfield and Barbara A. Conroy of Chatham, N.J.; four great-nieces, Teresa Jean Rubin, Wendy E. Jacobi and Katrina Skinner; and two great-nephews, Marc A. Sheehan and Dean R. White; three great-great-nephews, Joel A. Rubin, Christopher Jacobi and John Rockwell Martinez; a great-great-niece, Astrid L. Skinner, and a great-great-great-nephew, Damon Rubin. She was predeceased by a sister, Madalyn S. Harrington, late of Pittsfield; and a brother, John Edward Shanahan, late of New Jersey.

Funeral services for Francelia Beverly Shanahan will be held Thursday, May 4, at 9:15 a.m. from Dery Funeral Home with a liturgy of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, celebrated by the Rev. James K. Joyce, pastor. Burial will follow in Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Miss Shanahan may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 2, 2006
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