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Shirley Ann Stetz, 84, of Bailey Avenue, Plattsburgh, N.Y., died Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at her home with her family by her side. Born Feb. 15, 1933, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., daughter of the late LeRoy and Avis (Gauthier) Schneider. Shirley graduated from Plattsburgh High School, class of 1950. She married Andrew (Bill) Stetz on June 1, 1955, at St. Peter's Church by Father Lemieux. Attendants were Verna Roberts and James Brown.
Shirley worked for Bell Telephone Co., Anderson's Insurance Agency and later years, owned and operated Stetz's Greenhouse. She loved traveling in their RV through all of the United States and Canada; the highlight being two trips to Alaska to visit family. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary 1619 West Plattsburgh; Rosary Altar Society and Prayer Shawl Ministry of St. Peter's Parish.
Shirley is survived by her loving husband Bill of 62 years; two sons- Stephen and (Anna) of Dannemora; Matthew and (Dawn) of Plattsburgh and one daughter- Christina and (Earl Miner) of Saranac. Her beloved six grandchildren: Jason and (Kathy) Stetz of Fairfax, Vt.; Erica and (Jason) Bogett of AuSable Forks; Nicole and Hope Stetz of Dannemora; and Katelyn and Michael Stetz of Plattsburgh; and two great-granddaughters: Johanna and Ruby.
One brother-in-law: George and (Sandy) Stetz of Maiden, N.C. Several nieces and nephews and a special niece: Janis Hoy of Cumberland Head. Shirley is predeceased by son Michael Stetz and twin brothers Milton and Morton, who died at birth. Also sisters-in-law: Helen Dadouses; Jeanette Stokes; Gloria LaVigne and Brenda Stetz.
Shirley has requested her body be donated to the University of Vermont College of Medicine for the advancement of medical research. There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m., Thursday, October 12, 2017, at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to: Hospice of the North Country or Elmore SPCA/ Lil's Feral Cats.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home, 48 Court Street, Plattsburgh.
To light a memorial candle or leave an online condolence please visit www.healdfuneralhomeinc.com
Published on October 5, 2017
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