Name:   Shirley M. (Phipps) Rahn

From:  The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, New York
Date:  November 26, 2003

Shirley M. Rahn of Whitesboro

Mrs. Shirley M. Rahn, 83, of Whitesboro, died November 24, 2003, at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital. She was born April 11, 1920, in Utica, a daughter of the late Leroy and Margaret Grace Gumtum Phipps, and attended Utica Schools.

She married Donald S. Rahn on December 17, 1938 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Utica. Mr. Rahn died March 13, 1997.

Mrs. Rahn was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church. She loved baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves, NASCAR racing, crossword puzzles, reading and the loved the telephone.

She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Donald and Judith Rahn of Westmoreland, Suzanne and Gene Sychtysz of Yorkville, David and Linda Rahn of Westmoreland, and Sherrill and Gurney Kelley of Clinton; ten grandchildren, Donald Rahn and his wife, Suzanne, Michael Rahn and his wife, Amy, Lisa Benesch and her husband, James, Jennifer Sabino and her husband Stephen, Kelly North and her husband Timothy, David Sychtysz and his wife, Mary, Heidi Viti and her husband, James, Tracey Dean and her husband, Sam, Christine Rahn and her friend, James, David Rahn and his wife, Shelley; 25 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Una Hahn of Whitesboro, Helenjean and Herc Platts of Mohawk, Dorothy Rahn of Rochester, and Leslie Rahn of Deerfield; also her dog, Buffy. She was predeceased by her daughter, Emily Jean; a brother, Lewis Phipps; her brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Edwin Rahn, Martha Rahn, and William Hahn.

The family wishes to thank her caregivers, Betty, Kelly, and Joyce, the nurses of the 6th floor at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital, Dr. Thomas John, and her friends Peg Waterman and Anne Brown for all of their care and support during Shirley's illness.

The funeral will be on Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. at the Friedel, Williams, Coriale & Edmunds Funeral Home, 100 Main St., Whitesboro, and at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church, where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated. Interment will be in Grand View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider the American Cancer Society, or the Stevens-Swan Humane Society.