Shirley (Fisher) Panara – Class of 1940
Shirley passed away peacefully at the Highland Hospital in Henrietta, NY, on July 16, 2003, at the age of 80. She leaves her devoted husband of 56 years, Robert; her son, John E. Panara, and his wife, Janis, and grandchildren William and Erin; her brother Eleanor P. Lynch and his wife Georgia Fischer; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Also, Shirley is survived by her sister-in-law, Georgia Fischer. Shirley’s brother was Edward Fischer who is deceased.
A native of St. Louis, Shirley was a librarian at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and the Rochester School for the Deaf in Rochester, NY. She was also a sign language teacher at MCAHI. She was the founder and a president of the Eastern Deaf Women’s Bowling Association. She was very active in all athletics, gave tender loving care to 14 dogs in her lifetime, enjoyed pantomime, performing and teaching, and collected Noah’s Ark memorabilia.