Shirley Stabbert, 87, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, following a courageous yearlong battle with melanoma.
Shirley Nellie Kohler was born on July 19, 1926, the only child of Percy W. and Katherine (Katie) Hill Kohler of Kohlertown.
Shirley was born and raised across the street from the family business, William Kohler and Sons Lumber Co., in a home designed by her grandfather, William Kohler. She grew up surrounded by her family in Kohlertown as well as her mother’s large extended family who lived in White Sulphur Springs.
Following graduation from Jeffersonville Central School at the age of 16, Shirley attended the State Teachers College at New Paltz, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She returned to Kohlertown and began her career as a second grade teacher at her alma mater. She also taught in Delaware Valley Central School in Callicoon.
On July 1, 1951, Shirley married Fred W. Stabbert Jr. of Callicoon, and the couple moved to Alexandria, VA while Fred served in the U.S. Army.
Upon returning home, the couple built a house in Callicoon, which remained Shirley’s home until the day she died. Shirley and Fred raised four daughters and a son, who went on to marry and gave them 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Shirley was active in the community. She was a founding member of the Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary in Callicoon and was proud to be a recent inductee of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also served as an elder on the Board of Sessions of the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville, was a Delaware Community Center volunteer and was a member of the Eastern Star.
Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Fred W. Stabbert Jr.
Survivors include her daughters; Kathy and John Werner of Hurley, Catskill Mountain News owners Laurie and Richard Sanford of Bloomville, Billie and Peter Finch of Riverview, FL, and Mary and John Hope-Ross of Naugatuck, CT and one son, Fred and Regina Stabbert III of Callicoon and a loving sister-in-law, Anne Foland of Middletown.
She is also survived by 14 grandchildren; Dr. Elizabeth Werner and Peter Lefkovits; Michael Werner and fiancé Madeline Odak; Richard and Pamela Sanford Jr.; Courtney and Jill Sanford; Abigail Sanford; Christian and Beth Finch; Amy Finch; Brian and Diane Finch; David Hope-Ross; William Hope-Ross; Stephen Hope-Ross; Laura Stabbert; Claire Stabbert and fiancé James Humbert; and Andrew Stabbert.
Also, four great-grandchildren, Emily, Peyton and Simon Finch and Theodore Sanford. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews; Tim and Prudy Robisch, Anne Marie and Tom Willi, Elaine and Ken Ernst, and David and Renee Robisch and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main St., Callicoon. Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville with the Rev. Ann Wood officiating.
Interment will follow in Callicoon Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville, PO Box 685, Jeffersonville, NY 12748 or Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.