• "Just had a dream about you Shannon. I'm lighting this..."
    - Shannon
  • "I haven't stopped thinking of Shannon and all she did for..."
    - Vicki Tate
  • "It's been a year and we still live the memory of your..."
  • "On behalf of the Penta Career Center staff, we send you our..."
    - Penta Career Center Staff
  • "Shannon was such a sharp, beautiful woman. Such a tragedy..."
    - Annmari Ingersoll

PIVORIUNAS Shannon M. Shannon M. Pivoriunas, 34, of King George, VA, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 8, 2011, at her home. She was born December 6, 1976, in Toledo. Shannon was a 1995 graduate of Central Catholic High School, where she excelled in volleyball, basketball and track. She ran on the 1600 meter relay team which finished 6th in the state. Shannon was also a 1999 graduate of The Ohio State University, where she received her BA Degree in Journalism. Her senior year she was the Arts editor of The Lantern, the school newspaper. Her career was in sales and distribution for national wine companies. This fulfilled her passion to travel sending her to Italy, Australia and other places across the United States. Shannon's other passions included cooking, caring for animals and physical fitness. She did extensive volunteer work at the following sites, The National Zoo in Washington, DC, where she was involved with saving the Red Panda, King George, VA Animal Shelter, where she rescued two huskies and kept them as pets. She also was very active in the "Friends of the Rappahannock", where she wrote newsletters and set up fundraising events for them to help save the river. Shannon is survived by her parents, Richard and Colleen Pivoriunas; brother, Brett Pivoriunas; sister, Katelyn Pivoriunas and the love of her life, Elliot Nierman, of King George, VA. Also surviving is her maternal grandmother, Eleanor Corrigan; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and special godchild, Ryan Dubanowich of Chicago, IL. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Raymond Corrigan; paternal grandparents, Zigmas and Alexandra Pivoriunas and aunts, Ilona Pivoriunas and Vita Gregory. Friends are invited to visit from 3-7 p.m. Friday, in the Ansberg-West Funeral Home, 3000 Sylvania Avenue. A Memorial Mass, celebrating Shannon's life, will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m., in Blessed Sacrament Church. Father Thomas Helfrich OSFS, Shannon's cousin, will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Toledo Area Chapter of the Humane Society or any charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at:

Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 12, 2011
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