Shirley May Orf, age 79, of New Hartford, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at her residence.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at the St. Clement Catholic Church, with Fr. Bill Peckman officiating. Per her wishes, she was cremated and final disposition will be in St. Clement Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green.
Shirley was born Jan. 10, 1935 in Louisiana, the daughter of Lloyd and Fern Willene Davis Kemry. She married William A. (Bill) Orf on Nov. 3, 1954 in St. Clement. He survives. Also surviving are her three sons: Les Orf and wife Kathy, Billy Orf and wife Carol, Gary Orf; daughter Tina Eisenbeis, all of New Hartford; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Robert Kemry and wife Bert of Ashley; half-sister Penny Smith of the State of California; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Lloyd (Bud) Kemry; stepbrother Danny Smith; great-granddaughter Abigal Tipton; grandson William Raymond Orf, and son-in-law John Eisenbeis.
She was raised on the family farm and was instrumental in helping get Orf Construction started in the early years. She was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church, where she volunteered at St. Clement School serving lunch. She also helped with wedding receptions and funeral dinners. Shirley enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, and living on the farm, raising chickens and baby calves. She also enjoyed taking trips to Florida with Bill, playing bingo, and listening to old time country music, including listening and dancing to the Orf Brothers Band, where Bill played the piano. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Les Orf Jr., Mark Orf, Billy Orf Jr., John Orf, Steven Vodohosky, and Raymond Orf. Honorary pallbearers were Rosemary Luebrecht, Christina Kirchner, Angie Orf, Mindy Tipton, Bailey Orf, and Lily Orf.
Memorials may be made to the Pike County Home Health and Hospice.
On-line condolences may be left at www.muddveach.com