Shirley Carey

Obituary of Shirley Helen Carey

Shirley Helen Carey, 87, peacefully passed on at her home in Nanticoke on Thursday, July 14th, 2022. Born in Nanticoke she was the daughter of the late Ambrose Kotch and Helen Sotack Kotch. She attended Nanticoke schools. Shirley was a hard worker her whole life and retired at the age of 77 from Integrated Power Designs, Inc. in Wilkes-Barre. She always noted that she enjoyed the companionship of her former co-workers and friends. Shirley was a lively firecracker who celebrated her life through polka dancing, clever wit, and through the love in her family connections. On a visit to Shirley’s home, you could be sure to hear the bouncing polkas from the windows and experience the delicious smells of food cooking on her stove. She always made sure everyone in her home felt welcome. She would lovingly make homemade chicken noodle soup from scratch when someone was sick, and she always made an abundance of french toast and oatmeal for her (very) early morning wake-up breakfasts. Shirley was a member of St. Faustina Kowalska Parish, Nanticoke. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son David Baer. She is survived by daughter Judy Delaney, son Jeff Carey (wife Lisa), daughter Nancy Mesh and daughter-in-law Susan Baer. Shirley has 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 2 step-great grandchildren. She also leaves behind brothers Gerald (Sonny) Kotch, Nanticoke; Steven Kotch, Nanticoke; Thomas Kotch, Arizona (wife Connie) and sisters Sylvia (Sissy) Cooper, Wilkes-Barre; and Andrea Josefowicz, Nanticoke (husband Michael). She will also be missed by everyone who loved her as she moves on to her next life. The family would like to thank Dr. Susan Sordoni and Residential Hospice for meticulously caring for Shirley in her final days. Dr. Sordoni, nurses Marie and Victoria, and her aide Terry were irreplaceable in her care. Shirley’s family notes that she preferred a quiet resting place. Future celebrations of her life will be forthcoming.

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Shirley’s family notes that she preferred a quiet resting place. Future celebrations of her life will be forthcoming.
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