Shirley Harper

Shirley Harper

Shirley J. (Altman) Harper, 81, of Indiana, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, at her residence.

She was the daughter of Thomas Swickey and Ethel (Lape) Swickey, of Clymer, who had both passed when Shirley was 3 years old. She was later adopted by the late Cloid “Jim” Altman and Louise (Hess) Altman.

She was the wife of James Harper, whom she married Nov. 30, 1985, at Grace United Methodist Church.

Shirley was a graduate of Indiana High School, and went on to work for The Indiana Gazette, Indiana School District, and Season-All Industries, Indiana. She loved interior design, gardening, reading, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Shirley also enjoyed her Shih-Tzu, Chen, and her cockatiel bird, Molly.

She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church of Indiana, and she had also attended St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church for many years with her husband.

In addition to her husband, Shirley is survived by her two sons: Dorse Spicher Jr. and his wife, Sue, of Indiana; and Chris Spicher, and his wife, Sandra, of Inwood, W.Va.; her step-children: Tim Harper, and his wife, Brandy, of Beaver Dam, Wis.; and Mary Jane Pella, and her husband, Mark, of Taylors, S.C.. She will also be missed by her grandchildren: Kylee Dickinson and husband Ben, of Pittsburgh; Keldon Spicher, of Pittsburgh; and Zackery, Genna and Spencer Harper, of Beaver Dam, Wis.; as well as her siblings: Ted Altman, Indiana; and Karen Hill, and her husband, Calvin, of Dover, Del.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Roger; her sister, Ruth Ann; her half-sister, Dolores Lewis; and sister–in–law, Joanne Altman.

Friends will be received Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., with her funeral service to directly follow at the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home Indiana. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Indiana.

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