On April 18, 2017, Mary J. Shaw of Poughkeepsie, NY joined her husband Bill in Heaven. The bright light we all know and love has dimmed a bit with losing our beloved Mary. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY on March 26, 1922, she was the daughter of Polish immigrants Stanislaus and Sophia Tabor. She learned her strong work ethic from them and it was a driving force with Mary all her life. Mary worked as a waitress at the former Lofts Candy Store, the famous Smith Brothers Restaurant and the Poughkeepsie Inn. Mary, with her family, also worked at her sister's restaurant, Reggie's Inn in New Paltz, NY. She was also the owner/proprietor with her extended family of the Amber Lantern Bar & Restaurant in Hyde Park, NY for many years. After they sold that business, Mary was employed for 25 years at Dutchess Community College in the Food Service Dept. serving students and faculty. She worked her entire life in the service to others, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She continued to work well after retirement age as nothing could match her energy, finally retiring at 78 years old.
Mary was a long time Communicant of St. Joseph's Polish Church in Poughkeepsie, NY where her strong Catholic faith carried her throughout her life. On July 9, 1944 she married William H. Shaw, Sr. who predeceased her in 1993. Mary was also preceded in death by her sister, Helen Wazewski (97 yrs. old) and brothers Stephen J. Tabor (95 yrs. old) and Theodore Tabor (87 yrs. old).
Mary is survived by her beloved sons, Charlie and daughter-in-law Marsha, Stanfordville; William H. Shaw, Jr., Hyde Park; Stanley Shaw, Eureka Springs, AR and Jack Shaw and daughter-in-law Adrienne, Chantilly, Va. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jonathan Shaw, William Shaw, III, Jason Shaw, Eric Shaw, Jamie Timberlake, Jacqueline Gagnon, Cathy Pike, Justin Shaw and Jenna Voegeli. She also leaves 12 great grandchildren and one on the way next month. She is also survived by her nieces Eileen Wazewski, Reggie Fong, Cynthia Sayles, Deborah Evans, Linda Tabor and nephews Victor Wazewski and Robert Tabor and was predeceased by a nephew Ronald Wazewski.
The family wishes to thank her caretaker and family member, Tina Monskie for the love and caring she gave Mary and also the special care given by her granddaughter-in-law, Elisa Shaw. The family extends their gratitude and appreciation to them for all the assistance given to her over these last 10 years. Mary touched many lives with her warm smile and embrace and was always willing to get a cup of coffee for anyone coming to the house or giving any grandchild $5.00 at each visit! She always gave of herself to many whether they were her family or strangers. She was kept on her toes raising her 4 sons, even during their well known battle cry, "E-YAW-KEE"!!! Mary's favorite saying was "WOW" and we will be forever grateful we had her in our lives. We know she is meeting up again with her handsome Bill and her siblings saying, "WOW"!
Visitation will be on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc. 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:00am at St. Joseph's Church, 9 Lafayette Place, Poughkeepsie, NY. Burial is to follow at St. Peter's Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to be made to a charity of your choice. To send online condolences, please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com