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Elizabeth A. "Betty" Shirkey

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Elizabeth A. "Betty" Shirkey Obituary
Elizabeth A. "Betty" Shirkey, 93, died Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Ellis Hospital.Elizabeth was born in Schenectady to the late Michael and Ellen Bradley Navin. She worked as a color portraitist at the former Barney's Department Store and as a contometer operator at the General Electric Company. She was a member of the Rotterdam Senior Center and was a communicant of the former St. John the Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and was a Eucharistic Minister. Betty loved to dance and sing, often singing Amazing Grace. The most important thing in her life was her family.Betty was predeceased by her husband, Charles W. Shirkey, who died in 1986 and three sisters, Margaret (Peggy) Laquidara, Catherine (Kay) Cassidy and Agnes Fuller.She is survived by five children, Barbara (David) Gestwick, Mary Sack, Kathleen (Richard) Rafalik, Robert Shirkey and William (Jill) Shirkey; one sister, Helen Loos; eight grandchildren, Michael, Christine, Susan James, Janine, Dianne, Kate and Jenna; six great-grandchildren, Garrett, Jaxon, Ethan, Hannah, Jacob and Charlie. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral which will begin Monday, August 13 at 9 a.m. at the Gleason Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel's Church where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Calling hours will be Sunday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.Burial will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna.

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Published in The Daily Gazette from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2018
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