Rachael E. (Tenhuisen) Shear, age 91, passed away peacefully at Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care in Bradenton Fla., on June 13, 2012.
She was born Aug. 29, 1920, in Fredonia, N.Y., daughter of Lester and Mae Morse. Formerly of Sherman, N.Y., she moved to Florida in 1969 where she became a certified nurses' aide. In her later years she made her home with her daughter Linda Grahman Pettit in Bradenton, Fla. She was a member of the New Life Church of Bradenton, Fla.
She was survived by daughters Catherine Bemis of Bradenton, Fla., Peggy (Art) Amidon, of Portland, N.Y., Linda Graham (Jerry) Pettit of Bradenton, Fla. and Melvia (Richard) Mellors, of Ripley, N.Y. She was the proud grandmother of: Christine Bemis, Tracy Blakeslee, Trina Boise, Tammy Austin, Troy Bemis, April Shreve, Brenda Rizzo, Greg Amidon, David Rossler Wayne Rossler, Janice Sorenson, Paula Nufher, Michele Kurtich, George Kurtich and Kristie Parnell. Many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren also survive.
Rachael E (Tenhuisen) Shear
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter Mae Louise Tenhuisen in 1945; her three brothers; Melvin Morse, Calvin Morse and Barney Lewis; her three sisters, Marjorie Jackson, Mildred Morse and Lucile Fisher; as well as by her husbands: Melvin Tenhuisen, Donald Stapleton and Charles Shear; and by her grandsons Brian and Timothy Bemis.
A memorial service will be held at the New Life Church in Bradenton Fla., at a later date.
The MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield assisted her family with local arrangements. Log on to www.masonfuneral.com to send her family a message of sympathy.