Shirley A. Van Wormer, 44, of Henry Avenue, Pittsfield, formerly of New Lebanon, N.Y., died on Thursday evening at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield after being stricken at her home.
Born in Pittsfield, Mass. on May 4, 1958, she was the daughter of the late Edward L. and Shirley Young Van Wormer. Her parents both died tragically at a young age and she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Ted and Dot Ryan of New Lebanon (whom she called Mom and Dad). She has lived in the Pittsfield/Lanesboro area for the last five years after moving from New Lebanon. Shirley graduated in 1988 from New Lebanon Central High School and attended both Lyndon State College of Vermont and Mildred Elley Nursing School in Pittsfield. She attended the Church of the Immaculate Conception in New Lebanon. Shirley had worked at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Mass. and as a medical assistant for Pond View Pediatrics in Schodack and Berkshire OB/GYN in Pittsfield.
Survivors include her mom, Dorothy A. Ryan of Denver, N.C.; siblings, Nicholas Van Wormer of Gloversville, Michael Van Wormer of Johnstown, Eric Van Wormer of Albany, Patrick Ryan of Mooresville, N.C., Jane Ryan of Huntersville, N.C., Susan Ryan of Old Chatham, N.Y., Colleen Thurston of Denver, N.C., along with many special nieces and nephews; a great-niece, cousins and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her dad, Edward, "Ted" Ryan; and a brother, Edward Van Wormer.
Graveside services will be held in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Lebanon Springs at a later date. Because of her love of animals, contributions in her memory would be appreciated and given to the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter, 63 Downing Parkway, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Arrangements are under the direction of Hall & Higgins Funeral Home of Stephentown.