Shirley Ann (Kirby) Stivala passed away on July 8, 2017 in Ft. Worth, Texas, with family and friends by her side.
Shirley was born in Glen Ridge, N.J. on July 22, 1936. She was a long-time Verona resident and graduated from Verona High School in 1954. Shirley and her husband Joe raised five boys who all graduated from Verona High School.
Everyone who spent time with Shirley knew her as a kind, caring and compassionate woman. She always saw the good in people and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. People would always say, “your mother is so nice, what a sweet lady!”
Shirley was a beautiful person and had such a loving soul. She touched so many lives and her spirit will live on through us all. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and loved her children and grandchildren with every fiber of her body.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Joe and grandson Christopher. She is survived by her five sons: Steve and wife Patty; Greg and wife Rosanna; Jeff and wife Liz; son Keith; and Mark and his wife Tammy, along with eight beautiful grandchildren and her brother Blake.
A gathering of family and friends is planned for early September in Montclair to celebrate and honor her life.