Salem Funeral Home, Main St. Chapel
120 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Friday, Jan 04, 2013
- 8:30 p.m.
Christ Community Church
3410 Community Church Rd., Pfafftown, NC
Saturday, Jan 05, 2013
Jul 20, 1926 - Dec 31, 2012
Forsyth Medical Center
Shirley Isabel (Francis) Knoll Duddy Tosi Sweeney of Pfafftown died December 31, 2012, following complications from a fractured neck on September 2nd. She was born on July 20, 1926 in Worcester, Massachusetts to the late Lena (Stebbins) and Richard Francis. She is survived by her "favorite" daughter, Beverly (Knoll) Tosi and husband, David Tosi of Pfafftown, NC; as well as a "beloved" grandson, Gregory Tosi, wife, Jennifer and great-grandsons, Jack and Ben, all of Charlotte, NC. She also leaves three generations of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She married and was widowed four times: Stanley J. Knoll (1959), Frank E. Duddy, Sr. (1969), Olin C. Tosi (1974) and Earl J. Sweeney (2008). Three brothers preceded her in death: Richard, Stanley and Robert Francis, as well as a infant son, Richard Knoll.
She graduated, with honors, from High School of Commerce and Salter Secretarial School, both in Worcester, Massachusetts. Twenty years later, she entered Worcester State College and graduated magna cum laude. Her business career included Guaranty Bank and Trust, Hobbs Manufacturing Co. and Wright Line Inc., all in Worcester, as well as Arrow Mimeograph in Auburn, Mass. and Olin Engineering Inc. in Sterling, Mass. She also taught 4th grade in Worcester Public Schools system for a short time.
She lived in the Worcester area until retirement. She then lived between Highland Lake in Stoddard, NH and Ormond Beach, FL, moving to Pfafftown in 2006. She was a member of Christ Community Church in Pfafftown. She had previously been an active member of several Congregational churches in Worcester as well as Ormond Beach. She loved talking with people anywhere and easily made friends.
She was a founding member of KPC, a group of twelve women who entered Burncoat Elementary School in Worcester together as Kindergarteners and 1st graders. They met bi-weekly for over 30 years and still gather quarterly as able. It was an incredible friendship. Shirley is survived by Beth, Connie, Doris, Elaine, Priscilla and Violet; previously deceased are Marie, Evelyn, Hazel, Martha and Rose.
Her family was most important to her and she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was aunt to eleven nieces & nephews. She loved animals and had many pets during her lifetime. In her younger years, she enjoyed knitting; nearing retirement, she expressed creativity through oil painting.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Christ Community Church, 3410 Community Church Rd. in Pfafftown with Rev. C. Stephen Monroe officiating. Interment will be at a later date, convenient to the family, in Worcester, Mass. Friends are invited to visit the family at Salem Funeral Home, Main St. Chapel between 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, January 4. 2013.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to AARF (Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation), 311 Harvey St., Winston-Salem NC 27103; Surry Animal Rescue, 112 Quail Run Rd., Mt. Airy, NC 27030; or to another animal rescue group of donor's choice. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
My husband Mike & I were so saddened to read of Shirley's death in today's paper. She was my manager at Wright Line & one great lady. We remained friends for many years to come. I remember being at her wedding when she married Earl & enjoying many visits with them both in Worcester & NH. I will never forget her for her many kindnesses to us. I remember in 1982, when we were trying to buy a house & were a little short on the down payment. Shirley immediately offered to let us borrow the money from her. That was the type of woman she was!!
We shall remember you in prayer during these difficult days.
Elaine & Mike Hackett
To the Sweeney Family:
In this difficult time in your life, may you find comfort in God’s Word, the Bible. James 4:8 encourages; “Draw close to God, and He will draw close to you.”