Shirley R. Stover "Apple Grandma", age 87, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Elm Manor Nursing Home in Canandaigua, NY.
Shirley was born May 31, 1930 in Canandaigua, NY; she and her brother, Glen Rupert, were raised by their parents Ervin and Gertrude Rupert on a small farm in Gorham, NY. Graduating a year early, Shirley was a proud member of the Gorham Central School, Class of 1947. Furthering her education, she then attended and graduated from the Rochester Business Institute. She then began her career as a medical secretary in the medical department at Bausch and Lomb in Rochester. This is where she met her husband to be, Jack E. Stover, in an elevator at the Medical Arts Building. Jack and Shirley were married February 24, 1951 in Augusta, Georgia. During the Korean War, Shirley worked as an assistant to a commanding officer at the US Army Camp Gordon in Georgia. After her husband, Jack, returned from Germany, they had two children, a daughter, Sharon Marie (Stover) Leach and a son, Jack E. Stover Jr.
Shirley began working at Brighton Central Schools as assistant to the director of guidance and then secretary to the business manager. She then furthered her career after moving to Naples where she became Executive Secretary to the President of Widmer Wine Cellars. Later in 1976, she became Executive Secretary at Columbia Banking in Rochester, and within 6 months, was promoted to Corporate Secretary of Columbia and its 17 subsidiary banks. Shirley also was an executive board member of the Women's Council of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. During her employment at Columbia, Shirley was elected to President of the Rochester Chapter of NABW (National Association of Bank Women).
After retiring from Columbia Banking; Shirley became legal administrator at a Rochester law firm. In retirement, she was employed at Classic Corner, Marketing Intelligence, and worked for a dear friend, Ed Hanley, at his law practice. Shirley was an active member of the Trinity Federated Church I Naples, where she co-chaired as Superintendent(s) of Sunday school and she sang in the choir. She was a member of the Red Hats Society, the Eastern Star where she served as the District Deputy Grand Matron of the Ontario/Seneca/Yates District. She was a member of both Rushville Feno-go-wone and Honeoye Eagle Chapters, totaling 65 years.
Shirley was predeceased by her parents, Ervin & Gertrude Rupert; her brother, Glen Rupert, her husband Jack E. Stover Sr. and her daughter, Sharon M. Leach. She is survived by her son Jack E. (Lorraine) Stover Jr., her son-in-law, Gary Leach; her 10 grandchildren, Heather and Cory Clark, Jason and Sarah Leach, Jack Stover III and Kristal Hubbs, Tamela and Bryan Cayward, and Jack and Andrea Leach; 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Delores Stover and Mona Rupert; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends of the family.
Family & Friends may call 1:30-3 pm, Sunday, Oct. 1st at the Trinity Federated Church, 119 N. Main St., Naples, where a memorial service will be held at 3 pm.
The Stover Family wishes to thank the following people for all of their help and care for mom/grandma: Dr. Long and staff, Ann Ritzler, mom's girls who assisted while she was at home, Grape Country Estates, and the Elm Manor Staff.