Gerald and Sylvia  Shanley
Gerald and Sylvia  Shanley

Obituary of Gerald and Sylvia Shanley

Shanley, Gerald T.

BROADALBIN - Gerald T. Shanley, 90, of Broadalbin, NY and Ft. Myers, FL, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2022 in Sarasota, Florida.

Jerry was born in Troy, NY on September 28, 1932 to the late James Shanley and Agnes (Lucey) Shanley Burns. Jerry was a US Army veteran of the Korean War and retiree of the Watervliet Arsenal where he worked at Benet Labs until his retirement in 1988. On May 11, 1963, Jerry was united in marriage to Sylvia Zimmer. Jerry and Syliva enjoyed 53 years together including 29 joyful years of retirement at their homes in North Fort Myers, FL and Broadalbin, NY until Sylvia's passing on February 22, 2017.

He is survived by his son, David (Rebecca) Shanley, brother James Shanley; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, step father William Burns, siblings Owen, John and Eugene Shanley, Robert and William Burns, and Elizabeth Burns Koberger.

Gerald, along with his beloved Sylvia, will be laid to rest together on Friday, June 9th at 9:00 AM when interment with military honors will take place in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, Latham.

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Shanley, Sylvia A.

Sylvia A. Shanley, 92, passed away on February 22, 2017, at Cape Coral Hospital, Cape Coral, Florida after a short illness.

The daughter of the late John and Josephine (Cuddihy) Zimmer, Sylvia was born on August 23, 1924, in Troy, New York. Sylvia is survived by her loving husband Gerald T. Shanley of North Fort Myers, her son David (Rebecca) Shanley of Latham, NY and her favorite grand dog Kona. She was predeceased by her siblings Polly, Edward, Eugene, Doris and Bill and is survived by numerous nephews and nieces.

Sylvia graduated from Troy High School in 1942. During World War II, Sylvia was employed by General Electric in Schenectady, NY as an industrial draftsman, a real life Rosie the Riveter. After working at GE for nine years, Sylvia left to become a cannon designer for the U.S. Army at the Watervliet Arsenal. Sylvia met the love of her life, Gerald, at the Watervliet Arsenal. Sylvia and Gerald were married on May 11, 1963. After "retiring" from the Arsenal in 1963, Sylvia became a stay at home Mom for her beloved son, David. After Gerald's retirement, Sylvia and Gerald split their time between their Florida Winter home in North Fort Myers and their summer home on the Great Sacandaga Lake in Broadalbin, NY. Sylvia was very proud of her 20 year career at GE and the Watervliet Arsenal. Sylvia got to have it all. Sylvia will be missed by all for her loving kindness, quick wit and prodigious letter writing.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Broadalbin Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 8 Center St. P.O. Box 23 Broadalbin, NY 12025.

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Graveside Service

9:00 am
Friday, June 9, 2023
Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, New York, United States
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