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Evelyn Elizabeth Wilshere, 97, of Cooperstown, passed away quietly Tuesday morning, Jan. 25, 2011, at Otsego Manor.
Evelyn was born Jan. 18, 1914, in Poplar Ridge, the daughter of Blanche (Sprague) and Coral Wilshere. She was the last surviving child of four: Vernon, (“Whitey”) Seward and Carlton Wilshere.
Evelyn attended and graduated from Skaneateles Central School, and then attended business school in Auburn.
For many years, she was employed at Syracuse China as the private secretary to the president before retiring to live with her parents in Skaneateles.
After her parents’ deaths, she moved to Cooperstown in 1985, where her nephew, David Wilshere, and her niece, Diane Howard, reside.
While living in Skaneateles and Auburn for 71 years, Evelyn was a devout member of the First Baptist Church, serving as church organist and active advocate for many years.
She was especially fond of playing the piano for the Ladies Bible Study each and every Wednesday.
She enjoyed traveling abroad as well as in the United States, and taking cruises. She was also an avid animal lover and had several pet dogs and cats.
Evelyn is survived by several nieces and nephews, David Wilshere of Hartwick, Diane Howard of Cooperstown, Denis Wilshere of Sierra Madre, Calif., Carol Coffman and Patricia Yager of Richmond, Va., Sheila Royce of Chesterfield, Va., and John Wilshere of Dunbar, W.Va.
Since June 2010, Evelyn had been residing at Otsego Manor.
Services and interment will be offered later this spring in Evergreen Cemetery in Scipioville, where several family members rest.
As an alternative to flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Evelyn’s memory to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820 and/or the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY13326.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  January 27, 2011
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