ONEONTA - Dolores Spinola Shorrock, a graduate of Percy I. Bugbee and Oneonta High School, passed away the morning of July 16, 2017, at the age of 82, in Oneonta.
A wonderfully talented person, she could play any melody she heard as a concerto on the piano. She had the lead in all the high school musicals, as a coloratura soprano, as well as in her freshman year of college.
An excellent scholar, she received a five year scholarship to Oneonta State Teachers College.
She and her husband Don could not have children, but the Lord provided them in the first and second grade students she taught for many years in the Derby/Shelton, Connecticut School District.
In later years, she became a recreational therapist at the nursing home close by. She was cited as the best therapist in the state of Connecticut for three years.
She could not be bested by anyone who knitted or crocheted. She also was known as an excellent baker, teaching the art of bread making, through community ed courses in that state.
In later years, she moved to Unadilla to be near her sister, Susan Youngs and her family. After the death of Susan, her niece, Paula Youngs and her family and brothers and sisters, became the family Dolores never had.
She is survived by her older sisters, Josephine S. Bredesen of St Paul, Minesota and Mary Ann Spoor of Ormand Beach, Florida.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Susan Youngs; brothers, Carl and Jerome "Jerry" Spinola; her parents, Jerome Spinola and Frances Spinola; and many nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be made to the family online at www.wmaddenfh.com.
Arrangements by the Westcott-Madden Funeral Home, 123 Main St., Unadilla.
Published on July 20, 2017