COOPERSTOWN − Shari L. Richards, 52, of Cooperstown, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, June 16, 2011, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
She was born Sept. 5, 1958, in Cooperstown, a daughter of Wesley O. Nelson Sr. and Elizabeth (Betty) Virtell. On June 26, 1976, Shari married Lawrence Dale Richards in Middlefield.
For 15 years she was employed with Otsego County Department of Social Services.
She then served for another 15 years in the billing department for Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown.
Shari is survived by her husband of 35 years, Lawrence, of Cooperstown; her mother, Betty Virtell of Milford; one son, Lawrence P. Richards and one daughter, Jennifer L. Richards, both of Cooperstown; one sister, Donna Anne Virtell Thorn, and her husband, John of Milford; two brothers, William R. Miller Sr. and his wife, Kitty of Cooperstown and Donald A. Virtell and his wife, Audrie of Milford; two sisters-inlaw, Donna Marie Virtell of Milford and Lorraine Nelsonof Roseboom; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wesley O. Nelson Sr.; and two brothers, Robert J. Virtell and Wesley O. Nelson Jr.
There will be no services at this time.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  June 27, 2011