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Shirley Rasco, 86, of Bucks Corners Road, passed away Jan. 18, 2018, at CVPH surrounded by her loving family.
Shirley was born Feb. 6, 1931, in Standish, N.Y.
Shirley had a lot of passions in her lifetime, but most of all, she loved being around her family and friends. Most mornings, after going to Mass at Saint James, you could find her at Michigans Plus, having breakfast. Whether she was eating alone or with someone, there was always someone there that she knew and she always had a smile and a hello and a little chit chat to start the day. She loved her flower gardens and she had a green thumb. She also loved having people stop by her home. She'd give them a tour of her yard telling them about her flowers, what they were and where and who she got the plant from. She literally took "time to smell the roses." She loved to crochet; all of her grandchildren have an afghan that she made for them and as they grew, she'd ask them to bring the afghan back to her so she could add on to it. Several of these afghans have had several additions, especially the grandsons that are now over six foot tall. She'd tell the boys, you're growing like weeds. Shirley had quite the sense of humor, and sometimes would surprise you with something you would not expect from her, which would make it even funnier. She loved her Hallmark movies, and recently, with changes in the scheduled Masses at Saint James, would watch Mass on TV. The cable guy would definitely get a call if one of her favorite shows wasn't coming in. Shirley was the little lady with the hat. She could be funny, feisty, but most of all loving. She loved her classic country and country gospel music, and just about wore out a couple CD's that someone special had made just for her.
Shirley is survived by five children, Nancy Abrahamson of Plattsburgh, Brenda Bouchard of Morrisonville, Kathleen (Robert) Valeri of Stratham, N.H., Mary (Leeward) Frenyea of Mooers Forks, and Rick (Kari) Rasco of Morrisonville; 15 grandchildren, Jennifer Goldberg, Beth Cole, Nicole Stewart, Adam Bouchard, Margo Martin, Marc Martin, Patrick Dowd, Robert Frenyea, Heather Pratt, Steven Rasco, Cody Rasco, Jesse Rasco, Trevor Hathaway, Trisha Smart, and Johnny Valeri; 23 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN AND ONE GREAT-GREAT-GRANDCHILD; and many, many nieces and nephews, including Jack LaDuke who made Memorial Day always a special day, by taking her to visit passed loved ones and decorate their gravesites.
Shirley is predeceased by her parents, Richard and Evelyn Lobdell; two brothers, Charles Lobdell and George Parnell; one sister, Irene LaDuke; her husband, Edgar Rasco; son, Gordon (Slim) Rasco; longtime companion, Ben Hayes; and son-in-law Steve Martin.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the R.W. Walker Funeral Home in Plattsburgh. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Church in Cadyville.
Burial will take place in the spring in Assumption Cemetery in Redford.
To share a photo, story, or condolence with Shirley's family, please visit www.rwwalkerfh.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Published on January 19, 2018
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