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Alexander-White-Mullen Funeral Home and Mt Lebanon Cemetery

11101 Saint Charles Rock Road, St. Ann, MO

OBITUARY

Shirley J. Crisci

October 13, 1934September 28, 2019
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Crisci, Shirley J. (nee Capstick), Passed away peacefully surrounded by her immediate family on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the age of 84. The beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Esther Capstick; loving mother of Angela (Bruce) Miller and Suzanne (Tom) Urschler; loving grandmother of Brandon Crisci, Allison Miller and Josh Miller; Cherished great grandmother of 3 ; Loving sister of Barbara Schorfheide and the late Lorraine Hishon and Laverne Capstick.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Shirley’s name are appreciated to the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Missouri at 9370 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63132.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held on Saturday October 12, 2019 from 9:00 A.M. until time of service at 10:00 A.M. Alexander White-Mullen Funeral Home 11101 St. Charles Rock Road., St. Ann, MO.

Condolences may be offered at www.alexanderstlouis.com

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, October 12, 2019

Memories

Shirley J. Crisci

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Marilyn Aruta

October 9, 2019

Dear Angela and Suzanne,
So many years ago, your family moved into the house next to mine in Virginia Beach. It was nice having children next door who could play w/my boys. Your mother was a special friend, and helped me in many ways. I remember how beautiful she was and how "put together" she looked,. It saddened me when you all moved away, especially after you moved back to MO. Trying to stay in touch was easy at first, but as kids grow up and make more demands, time gets short and we lost touch. If nothing else the "miracle" of the internet allowed me to reconnect w/your family. Truly sorry that I was not able to come to St. Louis to see your mom. May the many happy memories of your mom sustain you both, and your children during this time of sadness of her passing. May she rest in peace, and may you have peace in your hearts because of her love.

Donald Lott

October 9, 2019

My memories of Shirley round out many decades beginning when we were little children during the Great Depression; Shirley and her three sisters (Lorraine, Laverne, Barbara) and I, Donald, got together every Saturday night, either at her parent's rental flat on St. Louis Ave or at my parents flat on Grove Street, to run around and play while the adults played Pinochle in the kitchen - we weren't allowed in there-that was serious business; sounds of someone banging on the table as they trumped a trick resonated thru the building. Her mother (Ester) and my mother (Alice) were sisters and we were close cousins. Many memories followed. Just a few: Cousins getting together with their grown families to play that crazy card game "Demon". It was wild. When my wife Lou and I visited Shirley one time she brought out my old accordion. I took lessons on it when I was a kid. She was having fun with it. (I hated that thing). She was a "Free Spirit" but a compassionate, loving lady. When my Mom spent the last three years of her life in a nursing home, Shirl visited her many times.
I'm now 88 years old, unable to drive, barely able to walk, but I have quality of life mainly because of my loving wife, Lou. In the end, all any of us have are our memories.
My memories of Shirley are fond.

Kelly Montileone Snead

October 2, 2019

Angela and Suzanne - Cindy shared the news of your Mother's passing with me and I wanted to send my deepest sympathies to you and your family. It's been so many years but I, of course, still think of you often. And, as I got this news and was thinking today, I realized I must have spent a LOT of time at your house as I have so many memories of doing stuff with you and your mom. Riding around in that Opal, visiting your Grandma, getting donuts at Mr. Donut, visiting her sister Laverne. I always thought your Mom was so hip and modern! All those memories made me smile. I hope happy memories bring comfort to you both and that you find peace and strength as you make your way through this time. Kelly

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Biography

Grandma,
You always knew how to put a smile on my face. I will always remember your great sense of humor and will cherish our fun memories going to Steak N Shake and Nagles Variety Store.
Love,
Josh

Grandma,
You were the light in mine and so many others' lives. Your zest for life and humor was unmatched and the kindness you poured out from your heart was truly inspiring. While my life will never be the same without you, your spirit of love and joy will live on with me forever.
Love,
Allison

Grandma,
I'll never ever again, have a friend like you. From the Friday nights at Pirrones and Blockbuster, to the Saturdays at the putt putt golf course, you always could make me smile. My childhood is full of memories of your smiling face, always there to cheer me on at my games, pick me up after falling of my skateboard, and most importantly the unconditional love. When I think of you, so many memories come to mind. But the strongest, longest lasting, and most important memory was the power of that love. Thank you so much Grandma. I love and miss you so much. You will always hold a truly special place in my heart, reserved only for you.
Love,
Brandon

Shirley was one of four siblings-Lorraine, Laverne and Barbara all born in less than 5 years. Her parents didn't have a lot of money and they had tough times during the depression, especially with trying to raise four girls. It was a good thing they could share clothes, although, with Shirley being the youngest, I am sure she wasn’t overly excited with the hand-me-downs. They moved around a lot and she grew up in St. Louis city, living on St. Louis Avenue and Dodier, and some other addresses along the way. She taught herself to play the piano at a very young age after a former tenant left a piano behind. She was naturally gifted and played by ear throughout her life. She loved music and even tried to learn to play her cousin Don’s accordion, which he willingly gave up. She enjoyed going and listening to live jazz at a young age and continued her love for music throughout her life.

Shirley originally worked for the National Weather Service. Some of her responsibilities included providing flood stage and other weather-related details on the local radio station. This is where she met Richard who also worked for the National Weather Service as a meteorologist. They got married and had two daughters-Angela and Suzanne---her pride and joy. When she reentered the workforce as a single mom, she worked temporary jobs as a Kelly girl and even worked at Emerson Electric for a brief time in order to make ends meet. She later went on to a successful career in Accounting and retired as a Supervisor at the US Army Troop Support and Command after 40 plus years of service.

She loved to cook German and Italian specialty dishes such as Rouladen and Lasagna for her family. She made the best pot roast ever and loved sharing her favorite recipes. Cooking was just one of the many ways she expressed her love for her family. She especially loved art and would frequent the local art festivals with family and friends. She had a wall full of art/pictures in her house which included Van Gogh's Starry Night as well as Picasso and Monet classic works. Her love for music was always evident and she would frequently attend concerts at Powell Hall to see the St Louis Symphony Orchestra perform with family and friends. Mozart was always one of her favorites.

Shirley especially loved her three grandchildren. Brandon was the oldest and Allison and Josh were the younger two. She loved spending time with the three of them and especially loved taking them to her favorite places-Steak n Shake and Nagle's in Florissant. She enjoyed planning sleep overs which always included a trip to Pirrone’s, then Blockbuster, and home to make popcorn and watch movies. She especially loved making crafts which included the celebratory Christmas ornaments they made together every year.

Shirley also enjoyed spending time with her sisters, as well as her nephews-Brad, Bill, Jack and Tom. She especially enjoyed the laughs she would get when she mentioned that she had a sister named Laverne. We used to call them the "Original" Laverne and Shirley! She enjoyed talking about her nephew-Tom and Eileen and their two daughters who lived in Alaska and even had an opportunity to go there for their wedding. Brad took her for motorcycle rides and always had some kind of crazy story of his latest adventure to share.
Shirley enjoyed spending time with her High School friends and loved reminiscing about her days at Central High. Shirley, Marilyn, Mary, Elsie, Carol, and Chris were a few of her dearest and closest friends. They would get together for lunch/dinner and saw each other annually for 50+ years. Spending time with them was one of her favorite things to do. She also enjoyed spending time with her two friends Grace and Maryanne. She had met them many years earlier while working for the Federal Government. The three of them enjoyed their time together and loved to go to dinner and other outings such as theater and the symphony.

Shirley was an adventurous soul who decided to take up sky diving at the age of 50. Her family and friends joined her for the outing in Sparta, IL where she decided to take the plunge as she was starting a new chapter in her life. She didn't seem the least bit nervous about the event and looked forward to it as a momentous occasion symbolic of her love for life.
Shirley enjoyed traveling and especially loved going to San Francisco, which she said was one of her favorite places she had ever visited. She enjoyed her trip to London as well, as it was her opportunity to travel abroad and visit local art galleries and museums which she always loved to do no matter where she was.
Shirley’s other hobbies included gardening and she had a backyard garden every year which included tomatoes and peppers. She also loved to plant flowers and other ornamentals which added color to her yard. She was very artistic and loved arranging beautiful silk flower arrangements as well. She was also an animal lover and especially loved cats which she adopted at a very young age. Mindy and Jake were her all-time favorites. In fact, she loved animals so much that once, she accidentally trapped a possum and insisted taking it in the car, so she could drive it down the street to the park, so it could be reunited with its family.

Shirley enjoyed giving back to her community and enjoyed working with children as a volunteer for Oasis. She also loved volunteering her time and working at a shop in Florissant called The Blue Rose which raises money for programs for adults with special needs.