Death notice of Audrey Shade (1934 – 2021) – Erie, PA


Audrey Shade, 87, of Findley Lake, NY and formerly of Erie, died Nov. 18 at Independence Court. Born January 4, 1934 in Erie, daughter of the late Milton and the late Lucille Doolittle. She grew up in the Little Italy neighborhood of Erie and graduated from Strong Vincent High School in 1952. She won running and track and field at the Erie Times Junior Olympics and played basketball for Holy Trinity Church. After graduation, she worked at Erie Technological Products (formerly Erie Resistor). While working there, she met and married her husband of 65 years, Keith N. Shade. They married in 1954, moved to Wesleyville, and had two
daughters, Linda Shade Sansone and Becky Shade Majewski. After moving to Erie in 1966, they purchased several acres of property in Findley Lake, NY. While living and working in Erie, Keith and Audrey spent the next 10 weekend years building a house in Findley Lake. They did all the work themselves. They moved into their new home in 1976. A few years later they started building another home on the property and moved into the new home in the mid-1980s. Audrey also worked at the Control Data Business Center as a as a data conversion specialist for 20 years using the first computers that generated “punch cards” for data entry conversion in punch card service. His last job was at the Smith Meter Federal Credit Union in Wesleyville. Audrey has accomplished a lot in her life. She was Girl Scout Leader for two years. She started collecting antique dolls and traveled all over the United States to attend doll conventions. She became Vice President of the Presque Isle Doll Club and President of the Penn / NY Doll Club. She had a 1st class radio operator license and her calling
the letters were K3BLK. She took Kung Fu defense lessons. She has volunteered and treasured for the Findley Lake Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, where she has helped fundraise for the fire department. She volunteered with Wild Wings Unlimited and helped Founder Wendy Campbell take care of sick and injured birds. She was inspector of the
Chautauqua County Election Board and worked on every election for many years. She has volunteered for fundraisers for the Erie Philharmonic. She was a historian / genealogist for the Doolittle’s of America and contributed to the family research information that entered the 6th volume of the Doolittle’s of America book set and served as chair of the Doolittle Reunion for Doolittle Family Members of PA and NY for over 10 years. Her husband Keith was a private pilot who built and flew airplanes and gliders at Dart Airport in Mayville, NY. He even asked Audrey to take flying lessons in a Cessna 170. She and Keith enjoyed winter skiing at Peek N Peak every Friday night for many winters. They also enjoyed riding their Honda motorcycles through the countryside of Chautauqua County during the summer. Keith and Audrey had a catamaran sailboat that Keith built and they sailed on Lake Erie, then bought a sailboat that was anchored in Westfield, NY harbor. Keith and Audrey traveled to Mystic Harbor, Connecticut, and boarded the schooner Sylvian W. Beal for a sailing cruise on the waters of Mystic Harbor and the Connecticut River with 5 other passengers and 5 crew members. . Audrey loved to dance to the music of the 50s, 60s and 70s and especially to the Polish Polkas at weddings. At home, she performed music by Barbra Streisand and Dionne Warwick. She said her favorite childhood memory was going to her grandfather and grandmother Doolittle’s farm in Sherman, NY, every Sunday. She was always busy and “on the go”. She loved to travel and move with her family and friends. Audrey and Keith have lived for 43 years in the scenic Findley Lake area, sharing their home with many pets over the years including cats, dogs and even a horse. Audrey especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to celebrate their birthdays, vacations and summer picnics. She never missed going to her Wednesday “Coffee Clatch” to meet up with friends in downtown Findley Lake and go sightseeing and shopping with a special longtime friend, Bonita Caulcrick.
In addition to her parents, Audrey was predeceased by her husband Keith, a newborn baby, 3 step-brothers Jerome Lorei, Samuel Hamilton, Gordon Smith and a special high school friend Theresa DiNicola.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda Shade Sansone (James) and Becky Shade Majewski (Dave), four June sisters
Lorei Smith, Nancy Hamilton, Janet Pol Jackson (Robert), Karen Graves (Lon) and her brother Milton Doolittle (Karen), four grandchildren, Erika Majewski Fischer (Andrew), David Majewski (Nicole), Victoria Majewski Hawthorne (Christopher ), Nicolas Sansone, seven great-grandchildren Brooke, Angela, Andrew and Annabelle Fischer, Nicholas and Alexander Majewski, Calvin Hawthorne, Godchild Bryan Pol and several nieces and nephews.
Audrey’s husband Keith, who died two years ago, donated his body to science at the University of Buffalo. His ashes have been returned to the family and will be in an urn next to Audrey in Dusckas-Martin.
In lieu of flowers, donations in their honor are greatly appreciated and can be made at Findley Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. 10372 Main Street, Findley Lake, NY 14736, any animal shelter, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, UPMC Family Hospice or a charity of their choice.
Visitations will be held at Duskas-Martin Funeral Home, 4216 Sterrettania Road, Erie, on Monday, November 29 from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. and all are invited to a prayer service organized for Keith and Audrey the following day Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment will be private for them at Mitchell Cemetery, Cambridge Springs.
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Posted by Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home on November 27, 2021.


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