Shirley A. Decker

April 17, 1923 – May 5, 2021


Shirley A. (Palm) Decker, 98, a resident of the Danville area since 1996, passed peacefully from life to life eternal on Wednesday morning at the Emmanuel Center in Danville. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of the late John C. and Edyth (Weidel) Palm. While she was an infant, her parents returned to the Altoona area where her mother had family. Shirley had fond memories of growing up in the Lakemont Park neighborhood where she had many friends. She graduated from Altoona High School in 1940 and attended Penn State University.

On Sept. 26, 1943, she married A. Monroe Decker Jr. of Red Bank, N.J. Two years later a son, John C. Decker, was born. In 1949, they moved to Clifton, N.J., where Shirley lived for close to 50 years. She was employed by Automatic Data Processing Inc. for 27 years, retiring in 1994. Her husband preceded her in death on Oct. 29, 1974.

In 1996, she moved to Danville where her son and daughter-in-law, John C. and Darcy Decker, and her much-loved granddaughter, Kathryn (Katie), lived. She became a member of the Friends of the Thomas Beaver Free Library, a representative on the Friends on the Library Board and Bookworms, a book discussion group. She was also a member of the Danville League of Voters.

Shirley was a longtime member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Canal Society of New Jersey and the American Canal Society. She was proud to be a founding sponsor of the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Shirley and her friend, the late Gloria Leitch of Clifton, enjoyed traveling. They made several trips to Europe, and went across Canada and back. Their greatest enjoyment was annual trips to Great Britain for over 20 years, where they traveled by train from the south of England to the Highlands of Scotland, and also trips to Wales. Their last trip was made in 2001.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her dear brother, Delmar C. Palm of Cortland, N.Y., in 1996; and her sister-in-law, Betty L. Palm of Cortland, to whom she remained close, in 2010.

She is survived by her dear son and daughter-in-law, John C. and Darcy Decker, and her granddaughter, Kathryn (Katie). She also had many nieces and nephews of whom she was fond.

Funeral services will be held via Zoom at 10 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2021, in the Roat-Kriner Funeral Home, 1133 Bloom Road, Danville, with the Rev. Graham W. Rogers, pastor of Mahoning Presbyterian Church, Danville, officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Altoona, at 2 p.m.

The family will provide flowers.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Thomas Beaver Free Library, 317 Ferry St., Danville, PA 17821.

Condolence messages and photographs may be posted at: www.krinerfuneralhomes.com