Shirley B. Schoonover

NILES – Shirley B. Schoonover, 79, of Niles, passed away early Monday morning, Sept. 26, 2016, at her residence.

She was born May 23, 1937, in Mabie, W.Va., a daughter of Wilmer and Zelda Zirkel George.

She was educated in West Virginia and spent her adult life as a homemaker, raising and caring for her family.

Shirley married Gerald D. Schoonover on Dec. 24, 1954. They shared almost 62 years of marriage and many happy memories together. He survives her.

She was a former member of the Leavittsburg Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She was also an avid fan of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, and she loved animals.

Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Shirley is survived by three children, Debra Hayes of Niles, Gregory Schoonover of Bristol and Tommy (Robin) Schoonover of Cortland. She also leaves behind two brothers, Richard L. (Mary) George of Norton, W.Va., and Wilmer G. George of Belington, W.Va.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Danny Schoonover; a daughter, Sherry Nicholas; a sister, Joyce Fowler; and a son-in-law, Roy Hayes.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, 533 North Park Ave., Warren, with Pastor Kenneth Kern officiating. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Interment will take place in Meadow Brook Memorial Park, Warren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests material contributions be made to Hospice of The Valley or the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, in Shirley’s memory.

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