Shirley Rae Hanna


Shirley Rae Hanna, 85, of New Castle passed away peacefully the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Hanna was born Nov. 13, 1933, in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Amos Martin and Eleanor Virginia (Hershberger) Wheaton.
She moved to New Castle as a young girl and later graduated from New Castle High School in 1951.
After completing several banking courses, Shirley received her certification in the fundamentals of banking from the American Institute of Banking.
She was employed at First Western Bank of New Castle for 34 years, where she began as a teller and advanced to branch manager. She worked the at the North City Plaza branch for many years and later retired from the Butler Avenue branch in 1993.
Shirley attended New Hope Wesleyan Church, New Castle.
She was member and past president of the local chapter of the American Institute of Banking, a charter member of the Women in Business organization and volunteered with Meals on Wheels, all in New Castle.
Shirley loved spending time with family, listening to Big Band music, bird watching and completing crossword puzzles.
She is survived by two sons, Michael R. (Lynette) Hanna and Thomas G. (Kimberlee) Hanna, all of New Castle; a sister, Barbara (Ronald) Grimes of New Castle; five grandchildren, Douglas Seeger, Philip (Jessica) Aiken, Brandon (Gina) Aiken, Richard Hanna and Zachary (Savannah) Hanna; and eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two nephews, Joshua (Jessica) Grimes and Jeffrey (Jennifer) Grimes; a niece, Stephanie (David) Allen; five great-nieces and two great-nephews.
In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her former husband, Richard G. Hanna.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Gary DeWitt, pastor of New Hope Wesleyan Church, officiating.
Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Neshannock Township.
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Published on September 9, 2019
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John Orres
Sep 15, 2019
I saw this and I remember spending time with Mike many years ago when I would occasionally stay at my Aunt & Uncle's (Bob & Rita)house next door on N. Lee Ave. You guys were always so nice to me. You have my deepest sympathy and most sincere condolences on your loss.