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August 18, 1929 - December 2, 2019
Shirley DiRienzo, 90, of Scranton, passed away on December 2 surrounded by her loving family. Shirley showed strength and courage throughout her illness. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Stephen, in 1997.
Shirley was born on August 18, 1929 to Roy and Elizabeth Davies Stevens. She lived most of her life in Scranton surrounded by a loving extended family. She was a graduate of West Scranton High School and Lackawanna Beauty School. Shirley married her loving and generous husband, Steve, in 1949. They shared 48 years of marriage filled with family, wonderful friends, love, and laughter. Sharing their time in Scranton and Florida brought them great pleasure and joy. Among moms greatest pleasurers were her trips to Maine with dad every summer and fall, often shared with family and friends.
Shirley was a vibrant and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend who enriched and touched the lives of many. She will be remembered for her generous spirit, gift of conversation, compassion for listening, keen sense of staying young and her impeccable sense of fashion and love of home decorating. Although Shirley is no longer with us she will be in our hearts forever
Shirley is survived by her daughter, Debra Rowinski and husband Hank, who she loved as a son; granddaughters, Noelle Munley and husband John; Stephenie Vergnetti and husband Dominic who cared for her and made every day special. Shirley’s favorite role was being called “GG” by her great-grandchildren, Dominic and Vincent Vergnetti, and Johnny and Everly Munley. She is also survived by her brother Donald Stevens and he wife Stella and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Shirley’s family would like to offer many thanks to all the family and friends who showed mom so much love and compassion during her time of need, especially the staff at Dunmore Health Care, Allied Hospice, especially Dan and Denise for their care, compassion, and support and Tiffani who cared for mom and ensured she was happy, comfortable and living with dignity and meaning until the very end.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Thursday at noon at St. Patrick’s Church, 1403 Jackson Street in West Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Richard Fox, Pastor. Private interment will follow at Cathedral Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Thursday from 11:00AM until Mass at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Shirley’s name to the Allied Hospice Center’s Memorial Fund c/o 511 Morgan Hwy, Scranton, PA 18508.
Arrangements are under the care of the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 125 North Main Avenue, Scranton. Please visit the funeral home’s website for directions, flowers or to leave a condolence.