Shirley M. Sheelar

By Orleans Hub Posted 16 March 2021 at 2:10 pm

Shirley M. Sheelar, 76, of Medina and formerly of Batavia passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on Sat., March 13, 2021.

Born Dec. 31, 1944 in Batavia, Shirley was a daughter of the late Randall and Georgianna (Rossman) Allen. She graduated from Oakfield Alabama High School in the class of 1962. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Shirley was a wonderful caretaker. She worked for the Genesee County Nursing Home in Batavia as a nurse’s aide for many years and retired early so that she could care for her mother-in-law in her final years. Shirley selflessly took care of her husband and sister during times of health issues, as well as her parents.

She married Adam F. “Butch” Sheelar, Jr. in 1989 and moved to the Medina area. Shirley enjoyed many years of travelling, enjoyed crocheting, knitting, reading and loved listening to her favorite gospel hymns. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and close friends. Shirley adored and was extremely proud of her grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Shirley was recently predeceased by her husband of 31 years, Adam Sheelar, Jr. on Feb. 2, 2021; and a brother, Richard Bauer.

Survivors include her daughter, Michelle (Robert) Grazioplene; stepchildren: Scott (Tina) Sheelar and Bernadine (Roger) Harden; grandchildren: Alex and Lyndsey Grazioplene, Leah Sheelar, Jensen and Trevor Harden; great-grandson, Kingsley Harden; siblings: Ralph (Marylou) Bauer, Gary (Jane) Bauer, Jeanne (Tom) Fuller, Donald (Maryann) Allen and David (Carol) Allen; sister in-law, Connie Bauer; several nieces and nephews; and very best friends: Irene Sulimowicz and Shirley Ford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Shirley’s memory to Community Care of WNY, 29 Liberty St., Suite 6, Batavia, NY 14020; or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, NY 14103. Share memories and condolences at