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Shirley (nee Brunt), passed away peacefully on January 25, 2014, in Emerson, NJ. She is survived by her three daughters, Linda Byrnes, Toni Stoessl and Lia DeSimone. Shirley lived in Emerson with Linda and Jack Byrnes, along with their three children for 20 years. Shirley will truly be missed by her five grandchildren, Monica, Laura, Doug, Haley and Casey. She will reunited with her husband at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Nanuet, NY. Shirley and her loving husband, Anthony (deceased) and their family lived in Park Ridge for 26 years. Shirley adored Anthony, always seen holding hands, up until the very end.
Shirley was born in Johnstown, NY and is survived by her sister, Edna Ruch. Funeral services will be private and arranged by the Robert Spearing Funeral Home, Inc., 155 Kinderkamack Road, Park Ridge, N.J. rsfhi.com
Memorial donations may be sent to the Parkinson's Unity Walk (4454 New Jersey 27, Kingston, NJ 08528) in support of her daughter, Linda and others trying to find a cure.
Close friends and family knew Shirley to be extremely outdoorsy, Bruce Springsteen's oldest fan, an avid Jets and Yankees follower and loving to all animals and children. Shirley often served ice cream cones to the neighborhood children in Park Ridge after school and lovingly nursed any injured animals. She loved being outdoors so much, we thought that she would pass away with a rake in her hand! Shirley was a giver and arduously assisted Emerson Recreational Soccer come into fruition; she was often seen wearing her soccer shirts in the Emerson Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, where she was kindly cared for in her final days.
"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
- Shirley's favorite poet, Robert Frost
Robert Spearing Funeral Home Inc.
155 Kinderkamack Road
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
Published in The Record on Jan. 27, 2014