Shirley Reading, 91, died Friday May 22, 2020 peacefully at home. After almost 22 years, she is reunited with her husband, Thomas G. Reading.
Shirley was born in Cleveland and graduated in the class of 1947 from Shaker Heights High School. She and Tom both attended Denison University where she was a cheerleader while Tom played football. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and remained active throughout her life, becoming Theta of the Year in 1997 and receiving the Founders Pin Award in 2007. A few of her favorite things were reading novels, supporting the Browns, doing needlework, camping, cooking twice baked spaghetti, and a deep family love for Snoop.
After raising her four children, Shirley was instrumental in establishing and running the Shaker Heights Luncheon Social for over 20 years. She was also the financial secretary for Heights Christian Church, where she was an active Choir member for more than 50 years.
She is survived by her twin sister, Carol O.. Moger and brother-in-law Frederick D. “Rick” Reading, daughter Margaret R. (Andrew) Goetz of Mentor, son, T. Garry Reading, who resided with Shirley during her declining years; daughters Jane R. (James) Bemmerl of Phoenix and Ann C. Reading of Burlington, VT; 7 grandchildren Kristi (Brandon) Kawal, Scott Kolmer, Thomas (Samantha) Goetz, Katy Goetz, Ryan (Ashley) Bemmerl, Chad (Mindy) Bemmerl, Summer Bemmerl, and 9 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by husband, Thomas G Reading, siblings Dorothy Dickey, Eleanor Jasper and David Osborn.
The family wants to give many thanks for the great care Shirley received from TLC Home Care, especially at the end by Samantha and Pam.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of Heights Christian Church, 17300 Van Aken Blvd. Shaker Heights 44210., where a memorial service will be held at a later date.
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