Shirley (nee Roanoke).
Resident of Wildwood Crest, NJ, known as the “Mayor of St. Paul Ave” and formally South Philadelphia, Grays Ferry section passed away on November 24, 2022, with family by her side.
Shirley was predeceased by her husband and love of her life John (Jack) Palermo on June 5th,1980 and remained in love with him till her passing. She is survived by two daughters: Debra (Capuano) & Theresa (Ferrante) and her son John (Jack) and is also survived by 2 grandsons, Christian and Johnny. Shirley grew up in the Gray Ferry Section of Philadelphia and attended St Gabriel’s school and parish and John Bartram High School. She worked for over 30 years as a food server at her cousin’s luncheonette.
Shirley enjoyed the last 25 years of her life spending most of her time at her shore house in Wildwood Crest. Her passion was cleaning and more cleaning, especially the windows. She was also an expert with an iron, making sure all her son’s clothing was pressed. Nothing satisfied her more than a house that sparkled.
She was a fan favorite for all the neighbors at the shore. The summer was not official until you saw her and kissed the concrete lion on the lawn. She gladly sat on the front patio and was greeted by all passersby’s going to the beach. She was given the title, “Mayor of St. Paul Ave” and she held that title for many years.
In the winters, she lived with her son Jack in Girard Estate, where she was notorious for her cleaning and constant movement, never enjoying any normal senior activities such as bingo, senior centers or trips. She lived to wash, iron and go to Mass.
She was an advocate for St. Rita of Cascia Shrine and had total faith in Jesus Christ and St Rita. She attended mass regularly there although she resided in St. Monica parish. Anyone who was in ill health was given a St Rita prayer card and as reassured that St. Rita would heal you.
Shirley was not extravagant; lived a meager life and knew the value of saving. She never traveled the world or saw any sights other than Disney World. She loved her home at the shore and was totally satisfied being there from May to October.
We believe Shirley is now reunited with her love, Jack after more than 40 years apart and is now finally at peace.
Friends and Relatives are invited to her viewing Tuesday, November 29th at 9:00am at St. Rita’s Church, 1166 S. Broad St. Phila PA 19146. Funeral Mass 10:00am. Internment SS Peter & Paul Cemetery.