Shirley Ann (Shaner) Dolla, 72, of Monocacy Station (now Douglassville) and of Shade Gap, Huntingdon County, died peacefully in her home of nearly 40 years Thursday morning after bravely battling chronic illnesses  for many years.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Daniel M. Dolla and survived by children, Susan Barbary of Boyertown, wife of John Barbary, Christine Elliott of Douglassville, wife of Mark Elliott, Diane Chernaskey of Douglassville,  Daniel Dolla, Jr., of St. Lawrence,  husband of Amy Schuler Dolla, and Donald Dolla, of Birdsboro.   Also surviving are grandchildren, Lauren Elliott Moss, Renee Elliott, Tad Elliott, Samuel  Barbary, Rachel Chernaskey, Ellen Chernaskey, and Daniel William Dolla.

Shirley was born at home in Gilbertsville, September 30, 1938 to the late Mamie (Hilbert) Shaner and Claude Stoudt Shaner.  Shirley grew up in Gilbertsville and Perkiomenville,  and was a member of the Keilor’s Reformed Church on Big Road.  She is predeceased by sisters, Viola (Shaner) Geist,  Annabelle Shaner, Betty (Shaner) Dolla, Helen Shaner and step-siblings Charles Shaner and Sarah Shaner.  Surviving siblings include Verna (Shaner) Good, Eleanor Shaner,  Pearl  (Shaner) Greist, Claude Shaner , Harry Shaner and half-brother Elmer Hilbert.

A kind wife and mother, Shirley was devoted to raising her five children and managing her family’s household while working as a bookkeeper for her husband’s painting business for forty-five years, first in Pottstown and then in Monocacy Station.  Throughout her life, Shirley worked side-by-side with her husband on their homes and business.   A grateful person, Shirley appreciated her growing family and she enjoyed art and listening to music.  In recent years, Shirley was very comforted by the enjoyment of reading and from the visits of family and friends.

Visitation will be held from  10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 31 at Catagnus Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, with a graveside service following at Limerick Garden of Memories, 44 Swamp Pike, Limerick.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Reading Rehabilitation Hospital, 1623 Morgantown Road, Reading, PA, 19607, or Meals on Wheels c/o Berks Encore, 40 N. 9th Street, Reading, PA  19601.

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