Shirley May Begalke obituary 1939~2021


Shirley May Begalke, 81, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania passed away February 15, 2021 at Manor Care Nursing Home.

Shirley May (Richards) Begalke
Shirley May (Richards) Begalke

She was born on June 9, 1939 in Altoona, Pennsylvania to David and Grace (Kopsch) Richards.

She is a Lifetime member of First Lutheran Church of Altoona, and locally a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Waynesboro, where she participated in the church choir, Sunday School teacher, and sewing belles of the church.

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Shirley was a former member of the Quilting Guild of both Chambersburg and Waynesboro. She was a craft person who loved making homemade gifts. She had retired after 31 years of service from Warnaco, in Duncansville, PA.

She is survived by her four daughters; Cindy Byers of Chambersburg, Carol Faust of Chambersburg, Pamela Ferry of Chambersburg, and Susan (wife of Charles) Jones of Fayetteville. She has eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She is survived by five sisters.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Begalke Sr., a son, William Jr. one sister and two brothers.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday Feb. 17, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Chambersburg with Rev. Dennis Beaver officiating.

The family will receive friends from 12-2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family in Blair Memorial Park in Altoona, PA.

Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Ltd., has been entrusted with conducting the services.

Online condolences may be expressed at the funeral home’s website.

Memorial donations may be made to either of the two churches listed in the obituary.

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