Shirley J. Ericson died Friday, March 6, 2009, at home. She was born in Schenectady on April 7, 1934, the daughter of Hubert and Barbara Treis Perry, Sr. She was a graduate of St. Joseph's Academy. At one time, Shirley was a telephone operator for New York Telephone Co. and the Schenectady Telephone Answering Service. While working as an operator, Shirley met and married her loving husband, John. Shirley was active in the Woodlawn School PTA, Committee of Troop 29 Boy Scouts. She was a master gardener, devoting her time for over 20 years to the Schenectady County Cooperative. Her yearly vegetable garden was her pride and joy. She will always be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, raising six children, and grandmother. Shirley is survived by her husband of nearly 53 years, John Ericson; they were married on September 1, 1956; and sons, John Ericson Jr. (Lisa), Detective Schenectady Police Department, and Mark Ericson of Simpsonville, SC; daughters, Suzanne Ericson, Kathleen Carroll (Kevin), and Theresa Bacchi (David), all of Schenectady; six grandchildren, Krista and Kyle Carroll, Natalie and Zachary Ericson, and Daniel and Paul Bacchi; a brother, Robert Perry; and several nieces. She was predeceased by a son, Edward John Ericson and a brother, Hubert Perry, Jr. Funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m. from the Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan St., Schenectady, and 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Calling hours will be Tuesday afternoon 4:30 to 8 in the evening at the funeral home. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Schenectady. Memorial contributions may be made to George W. Brucker Parish Center, 2777 Albany St., Schenectady, NY 12304.
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