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Shirley Lenihan

Devoted wife, mother, sister and friend Shirley passed away on November 27, 2014 in Redondo Beach. Shirley was born in Los Angeles on Oct. 9, 1933. She attended Dorsey high school and obtained a bachelor's degree in English from UCLA. Shirley married the love of her life, Dr. Joseph W. Lenihan on Aug. 17, 1957 and was a dedicated mother and grandmother to their 8 children and 23 grandchildren. Shirley taught middle school English and Social Studies for many years. She was continually involved in volunteering at St. John Fisher, Little Sisters of the Poor and other charitable organizations. Shirley had a zest for life and loved travelling, dancing and watching UCLA sports.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband and daughter, Linda Dillon. She is survived by her brother, Robert Bashor, children: Mike (Mary) Lenihan, Lori (George) Waidelich, Karen (Joe) Martori, Jim (Christine) Lenihan, Jennifer Hendrex, Joleen Lenihan (John Compagno) and Kristin Lenihan, and by her beloved grandchildren, in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, December 5, 2014, 2:00 pm at St. John Fisher Church, 5448 Crest Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. Reception immediately following. The interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Little Sisters of the Poor or to any local chapter of the Alzheimer's Foundation. Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com.


Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 2, 2014
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