Shirley A. Occhino Guertin Thomas

Shirley Thomas

Shirley A. Occhino Guertin Thomas of Ironton passed away peacefully on Jan. 12, 2019. She was 82.

She was born on Sept. 26, 1936 in Oswego, NY, the daughter of the late Murphy and Evelyn O’Brien Occhino.

On Oct. 12, 1954, Shirley was united in marriage to John R. Guertin, who proceeded her in death on April 14, 2012.

To this union seven children were born, Denise (David) Bates of Ironton,  Debra A. (Joel III) Gordon of Desloge, John R. (Mary Memhardt) Guertin, Jr. of Ferrum, VA, Diane Sweeney of Ironton,  Brian (Kathleen Burke) Guertin of Marshall, VA, the late Kevin Guertin of Cornelia, GA, and Mark Guertin of Ironton.

On February 10, 1978, Shirley was united in marriage to Roy G. Thomas who proceeded her in death on April 23, 2002.

From this union Shirley’s stepchildren are Carson (Linda) Thomas, Roger (Sharon) Thomas, Brenda (Charles) Brooks, Linda (Scott) Freeman.

During the last 12 years, Shirley and Charlie Fronick had an amazing life of family, love with a spirit for travel and adventure.

Shirley is survived by one sister, Mary Helen (Thomas) D’Angelo of Johnson City, N.Y., one brother, Murphy (Joey) Occhino of Oswego, N.Y., and a cousin, Fran Hanley-Fatiga of Oswego, N.Y.

Shirley is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Shirley served her community in many capacities. She was an owner operator of Lake Killarney, G&T Resort, Century 21 Realty, Fort Davidson Motel and numerous other businesses. She was also a member of the AV Elks Ladies Auxiliary #2330 and AV Eagles Lodge Ladies Auxiliary #4238.

Services: A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at Cole Family Funeral Home in Ironton on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. Visitation will be from 2 p.m.-6 p.m., and from 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. – an open forum for cherished memories to be shared.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Cole Family Funeral Home, 210 E Reynolds St. Ironton, Mo. 63650.

Online condolences and memories may be made at