Marilyn Ellen Healey Shupe, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, peacefully passed on Dec. 14, 2021, at the age of 87 at Milford Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Milford, Pa. Marilyn was the center of our family and many others in the neighborhood considered her “Mom.”
Marilyn was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. on Nov. 15, 1934, the second of three children. She married her beloved John in 1957 and raised six children in Nanuet, N.Y., where they were active parishioners at St. Anthony’s.
She was widowed at the age of 45 and continued to raise their children on her own. She retired as an operator for the telephone company after 25 years and worked in retail for an additional 10 years.
Marilyn now joins her husband, John Shupe, who predeceased her in 1980; as well as two of her sons, Curtis (Terri) in 2010 and Joseph (Monica) in 2015; and baby granddaughter, Megan. She also joins her parents, James and Anne Healey; her older sister, Patricia Healey Thompson; and her younger brother, James (Jerry) Healey.
Marilyn, as a young widow, persevered as she continued to raise her family, five sons and a daughter. She enjoyed reading, walking, and, of course, predicting the weather! Family was everything to he,r and she welcomed all of her children’s friends into her home and treated everyone as family.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Zappile (Rocco) of Milford, Pa., John Shupe(Jeannette) of Rock Tavern, N.Y., Jim Shupe(Linda) of Nanuet, N.Y., and William Shupe of Wurtsboro, N.Y.;
Marilyn’s legacy continues as she leaves behind 12 grandchildren, Matthew(Julie), Amanda(Ken), Gregory, Annie, Catherine, James, Marisa, Timothy, Christina, Jordan, Paige, and Gavin and 6 great-grandchildren, Zachary, Nathan, Kaylee, Harrison, Simon, and Ariana.
She joins many friends who have gone before her, including Carol and Dora, and is remembered by many loving friends and neighbors from Nanuet, including Aine Waldron, the Whalens and the Gregorys.
The family would like to express their continued appreciation for the extraordinary nurses, CNAs, and Staff at Milford Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center for their love and dignified support of Marilyn during her last three years as she faced the many challenges of Alzheimer’s.
We will be planning a celebration of Marilyn’s life in the spring, due to concerns for everyone’s well being during these pandemic times.
Memorial donations in Marilyn’s name are welcomed to the following charities: Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 2595 Interstate Drive Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110 (alz.org/YearEndMatch); Catholic Charities Diocese of Paterson, 777 Valley Road, Clifton, NJ 07013 (ccpaterson.org).
Arrangements were made by Joseph W. Sorce Funeral Home, West Nyack, N.Y.