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Shirley Yannizze Pike


1926 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Shirley Yannizze Pike Obituary
Shirley (Rogers) Yannizze Pike passed away peacefully on 10/18/17 surrounded by family. She was born 5/31/1926 and raised in Troy, NH, the youngest daughter of the late Seneca B. and Diana B. (Rounds) Rogers. She began playing the piano at 12, receiving lessons weekly via the mail. She used that talent every day of her life, as she was active in church, Rainbow, and later Eastern Star. She played for the weddings of her late sisters Marion Hawkins, Virginia Mason, and Elizabeth Dupee, as well as recently for her granddaughter Jennifer Yannizze Goulert. Shirley graduated from Malden Hospital School of Nursing, in the first graduating class of the US Cadet Nurse Corps.

She met and married the late Joseph "Joe" Yannizze Sr. and they started their family in Billerica, MA, before settling in Concord, MA. Her life was always an adventure, from summers in Waterboro, ME, a memorable cross country trip in 1964, with 5 children, in a station wagon and camper without A/C or personal media devices. She enjoyed her yearly Ducati motorcycle rides with son-in-law Jim Melnyk, waterskiing, tubing, and kayaking at Little Ossipee Lake, well into her late 80s. Her campfires and piano-organ duets with friend Michael Gould were precious.

Her involvement with her churches in Townshend, VT and Hollywood, FL were extremely important to her. She played for Sabbath services every week until early this year.

She was predeceased by her husband Irving Pike. She is survived by her children: Peggy Holland and her husband Mark of Windsor, CT, Marcia Melnyk and her husband Jim of Rowley, MA, Bob Yannizze and his wife Barbara of Hollywood, FL, Patrick Yannizze and his wife Katherine of Rio Rancho, NM, and Jim Yannizze of Lebanon, NH. She was blessed to have 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Burial will be in May 2018 at Mountain View Cemetery in Troy, NH.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 4, 2017
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