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Shirley M. Ensminger

Shirley M. Ensminger, R.N., age 78, a lifelong resident of West Scranton, returned to the Lord early Friday morning after a brief illness at the Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton.

Born on Sept. 10, 1934, daughter of the late Chet A. and Cecelia V. Higgins Ensminger, Shirley graduated from St. Patrick's High School, class of 1951, before earning her nursing degree from the State School of Nursing in 1954. Her career in nursing began at Cornell Hospital in New York City before she returned home to work for the Moses Taylor Hospital. Much of her career was spent working as a private duty nurse. Upon retirement from nursing, she spent much of her free time with her family and friends. Her greatest joy were her nephews and their families.

She was an avid reader and intelligent conversationalist who was well-versed in many topics. She had a love of music and a gift that allowed her to play a song after hearing it only once. A thoughtful and caring woman who cared deeply for others, she will be dearly missed. A devout and prayerful Roman Catholic, she had belonged to St. Patrick's Parish in West Scranton much of her life. When leaving this life, her faith in Jesus could be summed up as having reached the goal that she spent her life working towards.

She is survived by her nephews, John Klein and wife, Bonnie Lee, of Susquehanna; and Deputy District Attorney Robert Klein and wife, Kelly-Jo, of New Milford; a cousin, Don Walsh and wife, Ann; several grand-nieces and grand-nephews, John Joseph, R.J., Olivia Y., Nicholas D., Kirsten Y., Ryan J., and Alexander W. Klein; an aunt, Bessie V. Hackenberg of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.; and a brother-in-law, Robert F. Klein of New Milford.

She was also preceded in death by her only sister, Yvonne A. Klein, in 1984; nephew, William J. Klein in 2012; and cousin and lifelong friend, Joan Calpin in 2010.

Her family would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Joseph P. Greco and Dr. Linda D. Barrasse, along the staffs of both Moses Taylor's emergency room and Second Floor Units for their exceptional care.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Ann's Basilica, West Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Francis Landry, C.P., Pastor. Interment will follow at the Cathedral Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Shirley's name to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.

Arrangements are under the care of the Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton.

Please visit www.Kearney FuneralHome.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.

Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 9, 2012
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