OBITUARY

Shirley Lavonne Szymanski

July 18, 1937March 17, 2020
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Shirley “Lavonne” Szymanski was born on July 18, 1937 and passed away on March 16, 2020. She was raised in the small town of Sunshine, KY, and later moved to Columbus, OH, where she became the first in her family to obtain a college degree and worked for the Ohio Highway State Patrol Headquarters. This is also where she met and married her husband of 52 years, James Szymanski. Shirley was a resident of Bossier City for the last 45 years.

Shirley was diagnosed with Polio at the age of 3, and her loving family shaped her into the independent, “can do”, woman we knew and loved. Shirley enjoyed spending time with family, watching golf, and cheering on the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints. She also loved to sew and was a very talented seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Catherine Bryant Bramblette; father, William A. Bramblette; siblings, Rachel Bentley, Gwen McCarty (Bob McCarty), William A. Bramblette, II and Charles E. Bramblette; and brother-in-law, John T. Szymanski.

Shirley is survived by her husband, James Szymanski; daughter, Jennifer Szymanski Caddy; sisters-in-law, Sharon Bramblette, Sharon “Denny” Bramblette and multiple nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express thanks to the entire “East Wing” staff at Live Oaks Health Center for their attentive care the last few months. A special heartfelt thank you to Regional Hospice for the additional loving care and emotional comfort provided.

Additionally, the family would like to extend a special thanks to all who would like to attend services but are unable. A memorial service for Shirley will be planned in the near future.

Condolences may be shared at www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com

  • FAMILY

  • James Szymanski, Husband
  • Jennifer Szymanski Caddy, Daughter
  • Sharon Bramblette, Sister-in-law
  • Sharon "Denny" Bramblette, Sister-in-law

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Paula Gibson

March 30, 2020

Mr. Syzmanski, Jennifer, and family
I fondly remember Jennifer’s first day of school at R. V. Kerr Elementary School.
I observed a darling little girl
escorting her
gracious caring MOTHER
down the hallway into the classroom
for her first day of school.
Those were GIANT STEPS!
Jennifer’s face reflected the excitement
of the FIRST DAY of SCHOOL,
while,
Mom’s brave face let me know, “this FIRST DAY”despite
the excitement, meant change,
“Jennifer was growing up!”
Time passed quickly, and “12 years” later, Jennifer was a graduate.

Jennifer, I know your Mother loved you unconditionally “to the moon and back’.” She accomplished so much despite her physical handicap,
“A Gracious Determined Lady” a bit like Scarlet O’Hara!”

Mrs. Syzmanski inspired me with her desire and determination to be involved inJennifer’s life and that INCLUDED in her school life.
It was difficult to follow the military families during the 1970’ and 1980’s due to frequent transfers, often yearly transfers at one time.
I recognized Mrs. Szymanski’s face in the photograph prior to reading her name in the obituary.
Please accept my condolences!
Paula Gibson

Janis Aaron

March 22, 2020

Dear Jennifer and Jim,
Jim and I send our deepest sympathies for your loss. We are praying for comfort, peace, and strength for you; and for joy and thankfulness in having had such a special and loving mother and wife. May sweet memories always bring comfort to you both.
Your family were always wonderful friends and neighbors. I loved visiting with Shirley and enjoyed her sense of humor over our Jennifers’ teenage drama! I appreciate her contribution to raising our daughter; I was never concerned about Jennifer when she was at your home. Shirley was fun to be around and always so generous and giving. I remember all she did for your sweet neighbor Dovey and anyone else who was in need.
Shirley was a very special person. Please know that you are both in our thoughts and prayers as you go through the days ahead.

Jennifer Aaron

March 21, 2020

Jennifer and Mr. S, I am so very sorry for your loss. She is a beautiful woman, inside and out. Thank you for always making me feel welcome in your home as it was my second home for many years. She loved and nurtured me as another daughter and was always a voice of reason. I loved her peanut brittle; always a treat when she made it! I love you both and pray for peace and comfort for you now and going forward.

Lisa Lovewell

March 20, 2020

This is a photo of Jim and Shirley at the 50th Anniversary of Frank and Della Lovewell in September 2006. I met Shirley in 1986 and was always impressed with her friendliness and tenacity. Our deepest sympathies to her loved ones.

Jim, Lisa, Katherine and Amanda Lovewell

Jean Gilliam

March 20, 2020

Kim Thompson

March 20, 2020

I took care of this precious lady while she was in her last days. She was always so kind even when I had to give care that was painful to her. She forgave quickly and had a smile until the end. She was a blessing in my life and I’m sure in the lives of many others. Thank you to Jennifer who rarely left her mothers bedside for also being so kind during the heartache of watching her mom decline. You learned from the best!

Angelia Schallhorn

March 20, 2020

My beautifully strong and brave Auntie. I always felt so much love from you and remember how much I loved being with you as a child. You were a "happy place" for me to be. I'm so happy that you're finally able to stand tall, just the way you're supposed to be. I love you so much, Auntie Lavonne. Until we meet again.
Your loving niece, Angie.

Don and Sharon Payne

March 18, 2020

Jim and Jennifer. Don and I extend our deepest sympathy to you both during the very difficult days ahead. We have such fond memories of Shirley over the many years we have known you.
May the comfort and peace carry you through .❤🙏

Linda Bishop

March 18, 2020

Jim and Jennifer, so sorry for your loss. Aunt Lavonne has always been someone whom I looked up to in my life. I have always admired her. She meant so much to myself and my brothers and sisters, we spent a lot of time with her while growing up. She had many positive impacts in our lives. She will be missed but the way she impacted my life and others with continue on. ❤️🙏🏻

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Biography

Shirley “Lavonne” Szymanski was born on July 18, 1937 and passed away on March 16, 2020. She was raised in the small town of Sunshine, KY, and later moved to Columbus, OH, where she became the first in her family to obtain a college degree and worked for the Ohio Highway State Patrol Headquarters. This is also where she met and married her husband of 52 years, James Szymanski. Shirley was a resident of Bossier City for the last 45 years.

Shirley was diagnosed with Polio at the age of 3, and her loving family shaped her into the independent, “can do”, woman we knew and loved. Shirley enjoyed spending time with family, watching golf, and cheering on the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints. She also loved to sew and was a very talented seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Catherine Bryant Bramblette; father, William A. Bramblette; siblings, Rachel Bentley, Gwen McCarty (Bob McCarty), William A. Bramblette, II and Charles E. Bramblette; and brother-in-law, John T. Szymanski.

Shirley is survived by her husband, James Szymanski; daughter, Jennifer Szymanski Caddy; sisters-in-law, Sharon Bramblette, Sharon “Denny” Bramblette and multiple nieces and nephews.