Shirley J. Richardson

Dec. 21, 2012

Shirley J. Richardson, age 63, a former resident of Hughestown and Kingston Commons, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Ms. Richardson was born in Jenkins Township, daughter of the late Wilbert A. and Louise Kern Richardson.

She was a graduate of GAR High School, Wilkes-Barre, and Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, where she received an Associate's Degree in English. She had aspired to be a writer and had authored several published poems.

She had been employed by Suburban Publishers, West Pittston; Kappa Graphics, Hughestown, and Northeast Envelope, Old Forge, prior to her retirement due to ill health. She also enjoyed making ceramics and crocheting.

She was of the Christian faith and had been a resident of Kingston Commons for six years.

She will be deeply missed by family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Wilbert A. Richardson Jr.; brother-in-law, Kenneth Burke; and fiancé, William O'Grodnick.

Surviving are her sister, Mrs. Linda Burke, West Pittston; nieces and nephews, Bernard McDonald, Dallas; Shyloe McDonald and her companion, Gary Lance, West Pittston; Jessica Lee and her husband, Dennis, Larksville; Jill Burke, West Pittston, and John Burke, Wyoming; numerous great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 211 Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston, with the Rev. John C. Major, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, West Pittston, officiating.

Interment will be in Abington Hills Cemetery, Clarks Summit. Friends may call Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Published in Times Leader on Dec. 24, 2012