Shirley Mae Stay Einhorn, 77, of Lowville


Lowville - Shirley Mae Stay Einhorn, 77, wife of Arthur C. Einhorn, passed away at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Utica the morning of Feb. 9, 2013.

Born April 29, 1935, in Beverly, MA, she was the eldest daughter of Captains Victor Stay and Winnie Mae Cressey Stay of the Salvation Army (both deceased).

She grew up in Cohoes, NY, and graduated from Cohoes HS, and later Plattsburgh State Teachers' College. Shirley met Arthur at Plattsburgh State. They were married on Feb. 22, 1954, by Captain Elbert L. Holmberg in  Plattsburgh, NY.

Both came to Lowville in February, 1958 as teachers at Lowville Academy. Active for many years with the Teachers' Association, she was also an ardent quilter with the Tug Hill Quilters andan avid reader of current books and newspapers. She taught piano to many students over the years.

In the 1960's she and her husband initiated the Lewis County Historical Society Journal.

Throughout her decades of teaching kindergarten and second grade, she impacted the lives of hundreds of children, many of whom still recall beginning their education with her. She raised two of her own children and six Native American foster children who also graduated from Lowville Academy; to all she was "Mom."

A skilled gourmet cook, she served dinner to her husband's guests over the years, including notables such as Edmund Wilson, Vine Deloria, Wm. N. Fenton, the Prime Minister of Dominica, Harold Conklin from Yale University, and many leading figures from the Iroquois Community. Her grandfather was of Abenaki descent. That, along with Art's interest in Native American studies, inspired her advocacy for American Indians.

She retired from teaching at Lowville Academy in 1991. During retirement she typed and edited many of Arthur's manuscripts for publication and travelled to visit family and for pleasure.

Quilts she made have become treasured keepsakes by those who received them. As a devoted grandmother, she often hosted her grandchildren for summer vacations at Grandma's house.

Our beloved Shirley is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years; daughter, Winona Einhorn-Hitt and her husband David of Round Lake, NY; son Victor and his wife Hyon of Chicago, Illinois; three
grandchildren, twins Emily and Jillian Einhorn-Hitt and Kathleen Einhorn; sisters, Phylis Stievater of
Phoenix, Arizona, Mary Jane Long of Rochester, NH, and Marsha Virkler-Stanford of Glenfield, NY; step- father Matthew Wilkolaski of Cohoes, NY; as well as nieces and nephews and her foster children, who remember a "Mom" on Stewart Street.

She was predeceased by her sister, Jean Wells, of Tampa, FL.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Shirley's name to either the Lowville Free Library or the Lewis County Humane Society.

A memorial service followed by a luncheon will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 12:00 at the Bethel
Church of the Nazarene.


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