Shirley Minkler

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Shirley R. Minkler PETERSBURGH – Shirley Rena (Etman) Minkler, 78, a longtime resident of Grafton and recently Petersburgh, died peacefully, Saturday, February 22, 2014, at her residence with her family by her side, following a long illness. Born in Grafton, January 14, 1936, Mrs. Minkler was the daughter of the late Albert and Leona (Vars) Etman, and for over 49 years the wife of the late Curtis Jay Minkler, Sr. who predeceased her in 2002. Mrs. Minkler attended Berlin Central School. Shirley previously was employed as a clerk at the United States Post Office in Grafton. In addition, she worked for several years as a clerk at the former Daigle’s General Store, waitressed at the former Partner’s Inn, and as a housekeeper for former Congressman Dean Taylor at both their Troy and Taconic Lake homes. Shirley loved to cook and, in her quiet time, plant flowers and work in her gardens, delighted in bird watching, and expressed her abundant giving and generosity by taking care of others. Mrs. Minkler is survived by her daughter and son, Phyllis Giroux of Petersburgh, and Curtis J. Minkler, Jr. (Linda), of Hoosick Falls, two sisters, Patricia (Clifford) Gundrum of Petersburgh and Dolly Crandall of Berlin, a brother, Raymond “Bunky” (Dianne) Etman of Grafton, three grandchildren, Roy (Deidre) Fowler III of Petersburgh, Amy Durham of Petersburgh, and Heather (Chris) Alderman of Berlin, six great-grandchildren, Mason Fowler of Petersburgh and Haley Hicks, Jonathan Hicks, Christopher Alderman, Zachary Alderman and Kimberly Alderman, all of Berlin, and very special friends whom she cherished very much, David and Helen O’Donnell of Grafton. In addition to her parents and late husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Norma Gentner, four brothers, Felix Etman, Arthur Etman, Frank Etman and Artell Etman, and a son-in-law, the late C. Fred Giroux, Jr. A graveside service will be held later this spring in Berlin Center Cemetery at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144, in memory of Shirley R. (Etman) Minkler.

Funeral Home
Howard B Tate & Son Funeral Home
2237 State Highway 7 Troy, NY 12180
(518) 663-8210
Funeral Home Details
Published in The Record on Feb. 25, 2014