Shirley M. (Finnegan) Severance

Shirley Mae Finnegan Severance died peacefully on Sunday, February 19, 2023.  She was 87 years old.

Shirley was born in Westport, Pennsylvania.  She moved to Edinboro to graduate high school and then attend Orra Jean Beauty Academy in Erie where she earned her Cosmetology license, for which she was quite proud.

Shirley married the love of her life, George Earle Severance and together they had three children.  Their son, Kenten, predeceased his parents on April 11, 1959.  Shirley enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, tending to her family, home and yard. When her children began middle school, she became employed at Macko MFG and continued to work there until her retirement.

She will be deeply missed by her family which include her daughter, Karen and her husband David Shelhamer, as well as her granddaughter, Morgan Shelhamer.  Her son, George Earle Severance, II, lovingly cared for his mother at her home for as long as possible until dementia and other health issues made it impossible to do so safely.

Per Shirley’s wishes, services will be private and at the convenience of the family. The Glunt Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Edinboro, has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Burial will be in Edinboro Cemetery.  Memorials may be made in Shirley’s name to the Anna Shelter, 1555 E. 10th St., Erie, PA  16511 or To send condolences please visit

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree, please visit these floral stores.