Shirley J. VanEpps

June 25, 2012       

MANNSVILLE, N.Y.    Shirley J. VanEpps, 61, of Lorraine Street, died Monday morning at the Colonial Park Nursing Home, Rome, N.Y., where she had resided since June 19.

There will be a memorial service 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Piddock Funeral Home, Adams, with Rev. Walter Giles, interim pastor of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Adams, officiating. Burial will follow in Rural Cemetery, Adams. Calling hours will be 1 to 2 p.m. preceding the funeral.

Born April 17, 1951, in Watertown, daughter of Alden and Kathleen Smith Lee, she attended Union Academy of Belleville. 

She married Ronald J. VanEpps of Adams on July 17, 1974, at Belleville United Methodist Church. The couple lived in Adams all their married life before moving to Mannsville in 2004.

Mrs. VanEpps was a resident at Mercy of Northern New York for several months before moving to Colonial Park Nursing Home to be with her husband who had recently become a resident there.

She was a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Adams. 

She delivered Meals on Wheels for many years with her mother in law Margaret VanEpps and especially enjoyed spending time with her husband and grandchildren.

Surviving besides her husband, Ronald, are her mother, Kay Lee, Adams; a daughter and her husband, Jessica and Todd Mesler, Mannsville; two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Austin Mesler, Mannsville; two brothers, Gary Lee, Belleville, Michael Lee Sr., Belleville; a sister, Mary Miles, South Carolina; two sister- in- laws and a brother- in- law, Bev and Joe Burnap, Wisc., Bernice Smith, Minn; and several nieces and nephews.

A daughter Tammy, died in infancy. Her father, Alden Lee, a sister, Linda Abrams, and her mother- in- law, Margaret VanEpps, all died before her.

Donations in her memory may be made to the South Jefferson Central School, Attn: Spartan Chain Reaction, P.O. Box 10, Adams, NY 13605.

Information provided by Piddock Funeral Home, Adams, and, Watertown.