Barbara Shea

Shea, Barbara M. of Beacon, entered into rest Saturday, June 4, 2016 at her home. She was 76.

Born November 8, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Frank Surko and Elsie Kochay, she was the widow of the late Richard (Dick) T. Shea who predeceased her December 25, 2001.

Barbara was the President and Founder of Animal Rescue Foundation, Beacon, NY. In 1986 Barbara’s husband photographed some abandoned cats and kittens at a local Animal Hospital in hopes of finding homes for the cats, he suggested that Barbara start a shelter, the City Government donated property on Simmons Lane, and with a small amount of pledged money, ARF was born. Barbara left a legacy born of need and nurtured by love and dedication she is sadly missed by her family and many friends and shelter volunteers.

Barbara was an avid collector of American Brilliant Period Cut Glass and a lifetime member of the American Cut Glass Association.

Survivors include; two nieces Tammy Surko Bellman of CA., and Susan Surko of West VA.

She was predeceased by her brother Thomas Surko.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY where at 7:00 PM services will take place.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) PO BOX 1129 Beacon, NY 12508

Arrangements are under the direction of Jarett D. Quick at Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY 12508 (845) 831-0179

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Date Of Service
Wednesday June 8, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM

Location Of Service
Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY 125080

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  1. Sue Doyle says:

    Barbara was a dedicated, loving friend to all of us, especially our canine and feline friends. She always kept the best interest of our animals top-of-mind and will be remembered with love and by all who knew her.

  2. Christine Peterson says:

    Never in my life have I met someone with as much dedication and passion for animal welfare as Barb. I am truly blessed to have stumbled upon ARF, been given the opportunity to work alongside Barbara, and to have changed my life to follow in her footsteps of animal care. She will never be forgotten. Forever grateful to have had her in my life.

  3. Angela Romano says:

    A true friend, an advocate, honest, dedicated – Barbara was all that and much more. To think about all of the animals that have passed through the doors of ARF and saved by Barb over the past 30 years is just staggering. Barb, you will be missed more than words can ever describe.

  4. Don Petruncola says:

    With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly and infirm. They weren\’t playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.

    One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn\’t understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for a while to explain it to him.


  5. Anne M. Amburgey says:

    A dedicated wonderful person to animals. Barbara, you
    will be sorely missed. Had the pleasure to have
    known you for 30 years. Rest in Peace.

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