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Ellen L. Shultz


1936 - 2015
Ellen L. Shultz Obituary
ALMOND - Ellen L. Shultz, 78, of Whitney Valley Heights, passed away Sunday (Jan. 4, 2015), at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.

Born in Bemus Point, N.Y., on May 7, 1936, she was the daughter of William and Thelma Irwin Lipsey. She attended Alfred University and earned a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in Reading. Ellen married Charles Shultz in Bemus Point on June 27, 1959 and began her teaching career that fall at Jamestown High School, teaching English and Theatre. In 1965, she and Charles moved to Almond, to raise their family. Ellen worked for several years at the Hornell Gardens Nursing Home as the Director of Recreation, but was drawn back into the classroom by her love of teaching and working with kids. She joined the faculty at Alfred Almond Central School in 1980, teaching English and Theatre and directing musical and dramatic plays. She shared her love of language and theatre with her students for seventeen years and retired from teaching in June of 1997. She continued on at Alfred-Almond as Theatre Director for an additional two years and then left the high school stage after directing more than 34 musicals and dramas with her terrifically talented students. An active member of the Union University Church, Ellen also volunteered at the Alfred-Alfred Station Food pantry and the Box of Books Library in Alfred, N.Y. After her retirement, Ellen was one of the founding members of the Alfred Community Theatre, helping to raise funds for the renovation of the theatre in the Alfred Town Hall and serving as Director for numerous summer musicals and British Pantomimes. She was an avid reader, loved outwitting crossword puzzles and working in her flower gardens, and was an adventurous and talented cook. She shared her culinary creations and the stories behind them in a weekly recipe column for the Alfred Sun.

In addition to her parents, Ellen was predeceased by one brother, William Lipsey, Jr.

She is survived by her loving husband, Charles; one son, David (Stacey) Shultz of Canisteo; one daughter, Christina (Wesley) King of Carrollton, Ohio; two grandchildren, Connor and Erin King; one brother, David Lipsey of Bemus Point; and many nieces and nephews.

To send a remembrance to the family or to light a candle in Ellen's memory please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family is being assisted by Adam E. DuBois, director at the Bender-Brown and Powers Funeral Home of Hornell.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday (Jan. 31, 2015), at 2 p.m. at the Union University Church, Rev. Laurie DeMott officiating.

Friends may make memorial contributions to The Alfred Community Theatre or to The Alfred-Alfred Station Food Pantry.
Published in Wellsville Daily Reporter on Jan. 9, 2015
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