Shirley Mae Wise, 82

Shirley Mae Wise entered Heaven dancing and singing at 7:29 the morning of Tuesday, December 30, 2014 after a long illness. She passed away peacefully with her kids and grandkids by her side.

After performing on the radio with her sister in the 40’s, she married Len Messner and followed his Navy career around the world living in Paris, London, Washington, D.C., Tampa, and San Diego.

She graduated from Duquesne University where she worked in the Physics Department. She also served on staff for Senator John Heinz.

She instilled her love of music in all her children.

She is survived by her daughters Lisa Messner (David Lipnicky), Krista Haynie (Keith Haynie) and her son Karl Vaughn Messner (Bethany Messner), and grandchildren Samuel Haynie, Sarah Haynie, Abigail Haynie and Michael Lipnicky, and her cat “Buttons”.

She is preceded in death by her parents Bertha Mae Stacy and Samuel Stacy, her sisters Betty Stanley and Jean Mazzan, and her husbands Leonard Messner and Charles Wise.

Friends will be received Friday, January 2, 2015 from 2 until the time of the Memorial Service at 4 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Lung Association in Shirley’s memory.

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9 thoughts on “Shirley Mae Wise, 82

  1. Mum, You taught me life, music, and unconditional love. Thank you for all your sacrifices for all of us. I will think about you every day for the rest of my life. It’s been an honor to be your son.

  2. Not goodbye my dear sweet friend. We will see each other again and what a wonderful day that will be. My heart is broken but it will mend and I will stay strong because your love is still with me. You have been an inspiration to me and you have taught me so much about staying strong when all seems lost. Your loving, caring spirit will remain with me always and I will forever hold you in my heart. I love you dear Shirl and I miss you so very much. I weep for myself but I rejoice for you. I know you are safe in the arms of Jesus and the angels are rejoicing and singing with you. Guess you didn’t get to write that book but I know you left some great, fun memories for old friends and family. My only regret is that I did not get to know you sooner.

  3. Dear Lisa, Karl and Krista,

    Please accept our deepest sympathies on the death of your Mom.
    We have lots of history and family fun to remember her and her exciting and very full life.
    We are not able to make the trip to the Funeral Home but again, please accept our condolences
    which we extend to the whole family.

    Love and Prayers, Bebe and Jack Ward

  4. Dear Sarah and Family,
    I am praying for you and thanking Jesus for having a chance to meet you. Although I was not able to meet your Gram, and knowing how you loved her how she touched your life I am praying peace and love to you. Jenny Garland

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