Shirley Piper

Obituary of Shirley Piper

Mrs. Shirley (Wildey) Piper, 69, a lifelong valley resident, passed away on Tuesday morning, March 28, 2006 in Faxton/St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. She was born in Herkimer on August 19, 1936, the daughter of the late Frederick and Gladys (Wheeler) Wildey and graduated from Ilion High School. Her marriage to James Piper took place on Nov. 23, 1955. She was last employed with Herkimer A.R.C. Industries and was employed for many years as a waitress for several local restaurants. She was a communicant of St. Francis de Sales Church, Herkimer and member of its Rosary Society. She held memberships with the Crafty Ladies, Village of Herkimer Senior Citizens, was formerly a member and past president of the Herkimer German Maennerchor Auxilliary, and was past president of the Monday night girls bowling league. Shirley was an avid camper and was a charter member of the Misfit Canoe Club. She is survived by her loving family: her husband of 50 years: James of Herkimer; four daughters: Nora Kornbrust and husband George of Frankfort, Karol Anderson of Herkimer, Amanda Viscomi and husband Anthony "Chipper" of Herkimer, and Paula Dygert and husband John of Herkimer; a son: Jay Piper and his wife Tera of E. Herkimer; eleven grandchildren: Kathryn Tulloch and husband Gideon, Michaeline, and Alexander Dygert, Ashley Hawkins, Anthony, Armand, and Adrian Viscomi, Jordan, James and Justin Piper, and Sara Anderson; three great grandchildren: Luke Tulloch, Trenton Hawkins and Lukas Krenichyn; many beloved nieces and nephews who were very special to Shirley. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, cousins and treasured friends including Mary Edwards and Carol Finley. She was predeceased by two grandsons: Baby Boy Viscomi and George James Kornbrust; six brothers: Robert, James, Donald, John, Raymond and Jerry Wildey; by a sister: Margaret Wildey and by a sister in spirit, Virginia "Ginny" Schrader. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Holleran & Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer, on Thursday, March 30, 2006 from 5-8 p.m. Shirley's funeral will commence at 10:15 am on Friday morning, March 31st from the chapel of the funeral home where prayer will be offered and at 11 am from St. Francis de Sales Church, N. Bellinger St., Herkimer, where her funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Cunningham, pastor. Procession will follow to Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, where she will be laid to rest. Kindly consider memorial contributions to the St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. For directions to the funeral home, click the facilities link above.
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