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Shirley Ann Setzer Taffe

June 21, 1935 — February 11, 2019

          Shirley Ann Setzer Taffe, age 83, well known Dushore resident, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019, at her home.


          She was born in Mildred, PA, on June 21, 1935, a daughter of the late Albert & Rose Bishop Setzer. She graduated from Turnpike High School, a member of the class of 1953.


          Shirley married Thomas Girard Taffe of Wilmot, PA, on August 21, 1954, at St. Basils Church. They were married 50 ½ years when Thomas passed on March 3, 2005.


          Shirley worked for various sewing factories in Dushore and Lopez. In 1973 she and her husband purchased The Jewel Box on Main Street in Dushore and named it Taffe’s Jewelry Store. In 1986 Shirley began working as a certified nursing assistant at the nursing home in Laporte until her retirement in 2004.


Shirley liked to read, watch TV, do search word puzzles, and travel. She attended the World’s Fair in 1964 and in 1979, and she was blessed to see Pope John Paul with the St. Basils group. She loved her family and friends and was blessed with wonderful sisters and brothers-in-law. Shirley looked forward to her family reunion every year. The past few years, she especially enjoyed watching her beloved “grand pup” Buddy on weekends.


          She was a member of Zion Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Dushore, PA, and was a member of Loyalsock Post #996 Ladies Auxiliary, Dushore, PA.





Son & daughter-in-law:

John & Heather Taffe                                                   Dushore, PA


Debra Graves                                                               Fayetteville, NC


Two sisters:

Celine McGlenn                                        Wilkes Barre, PA

Marion Thomas                                                  Endicott, NY



Richard Taffe & Mary Rohe                     Dushore, PA

Woody Hudspeth                                                Lewisville, NC

Mike Gregori                                                      Dushore, PA



Peggy & John Hoodak                              Dushore, PA

Catherine “Dee Dee” Charnitski                        Mildred, PA


5 Grandchildren:

Shaura & Dylan Adams                                      Glendale, AZ

Kimberly & Justin Crawford                    Colorado Springs, CO

Susan Taffe Reed & Ryan Reed                         Mehoopany, PA           

Dylan (Finola) Taffe                                           Spring Lake, NC

Joseph & Athelia Stark                    Moraviantown, Ontario


8 Great-grandchildren:

James Acla, Cassidy Acla, Ryleigh Acla, Payton Crawford, Liam Crawford, Elly Rose Taffe, Dilan Snake, and Joey Stark.


2 Great-great grandchildren:

Allen Garote and Cairi Carter.


She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 


Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Diane Taffe on January 29, 1979, and two sons, Joseph G. Taffe on August 12, 2004, and Michael R. Taffe on April 19, 2014. She was also predeceased by a grandson Elliot Collin Taffe on July 12, 2016, and by three brothers, Albert “Mike” Setzer on April 13, 2004, Richard “Dick” Setzer on February 2, 2013, and Robert Donald Setzer on June 24, 2014, and by five sisters, Florence (an infant), Catherine “Kate” Setzer on April 14, 1977, Helen Snyder on August 21, 1993, Donna Hudspeth on May 27, 2009, and Aline Vargason on March 30, 2010, as well as several sisters and brothers-in-law: Suzie & Ray Lewis, Rose Gregori, Jack Charnitski, Jack McGlenn, Sylvia Setzer, and others.


          Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 15th, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. at Zion Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Dushore, PA, with her pastor, Rev. Phyllis A. Pelletier, officiating.  Interment will follow in St. Basil’s Cemetery.


          Friends may call at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA on Thursday, February 14, 2019, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.


          The family will provide the flowers and ask that memorial contributions in Shirley’s memory may be sent to the Sullivan County Library, PO Box 309, Dushore, PA 18614 and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, PO Box 460, Dushore, PA 18614.


          Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614


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Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Friday, February 15, 2019

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