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Shirley Chichura

In Memorial

Shirley Chichura (née Thomas), of Millville, NJ, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, on May 1, 2022. Born on May 15, 1956 in Sweetwater, TN to the late Lewis and Naomi Thomas, she was 65 years old.

Shirley was the beloved wife of Kenneth Chichura; cherished mother of Stephanie (Chichura) Michniewicz (Eric), Courtney Chichura, Dominick Green, Jr.; adoring grandmother of Antonio Chichura, Scott C. Murray, Sean Murray, Penelope Michniewicz, and Dominique Green; dear sister of Cyndi Jennings (the late Jay) and the late Lewis “Sonny” Thomas; sister-in-law of Bonnie Tesone (Cliff), Alicia Graham (the late Scott), Sean Chichura (Vicky), Ann Broadard (Edwin), and the late Wayne Strong; Childhood friend of Pamela (Barber) Beck and Goddaughter Theresa (Beck) Jones. Shirley is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and close friends who will miss her tremendously.

Although Shirley was born in Sweetwater, Tennessee, she lived all her life in Millville, New Jersey. She graduated from Millville Senior High in 1974, near the top of her class. She went on to graduate from Cumberland County College with an accounting degree. Shirley also attended Glassboro State College, but dropped out after wanting to spend more time with her family. She recently retired from the Cumberland County Guidance Center where she worked as an accountant.

Shirley loved to cook and enjoyed working at Trinity United Methodist Church hosting the Feed the Community program, where she and her loyal crew of volunteers would serve between 150-200 hot meals each time. Shirley was a former board member and former president of the board at the Millville Day Care Center. Her dream was to move to Tennessee during retirement, and get an old truck where she and her husband, Ken, could sport around town for shopping etc.

Shirley’s family has decided to have a service at a later date, so Shirley’s ashes can be taken back to Tennessee. To share your fondest memories and condolences, please visit www.southjerseycremation.com/obituaries.

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#1 Comment By Donna Murray On May 3, 2022 @ 8:19 pm

Was saddened to hear the news. May the good memories of Shirley comfort you at this time. She was a kind and giving person and I am glad I had the pleasure of knowing her.

Donna Murray

#2 Comment By Pauline Walder On May 3, 2022 @ 8:23 pm

Kenny and the girls,
Im so sorry for your loss. My thought & prayers are with you guys 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼♥️

#3 Comment By Ron Redmond On May 4, 2022 @ 3:13 pm

Very sorry to hear about this loss. I was blessed to work with Shirley over at CCGC, she was serious about her job and about helping others.

#4 Comment By Joan Hickman Rugenus On May 4, 2022 @ 9:13 pm

Dear Cyndi, Our sympathy, love and prayers go out to you at the loss of your sister, Shirley. We have fond memories growing up in Cedarville Baptist Church with the Thomas family. With our sincere sympathy, Joan Hickman Rugenus and the whole Hickman family

#5 Comment By Cindy (Smith) Fullerton On May 5, 2022 @ 3:40 am

My thought and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

#6 Comment By Donna Beebe On May 7, 2022 @ 3:44 am

Kenny and Family,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, as you grieve this loss. My heart is heavy and I know yours is too. I wish you peace and comfort through our Lord and Savior.

#7 Comment By Jane Elliott Garchinsky On May 12, 2022 @ 5:52 pm

I am very sorry for your loss.
Shirley was my good friend for many years. We had much in common and were good for each other. We had a way of comforting each other when we didn’t know we needed it. We shared many of the same values which kept us close even when we were not together. We could pick up where we left off no matter how much time had passed. Our conversations included all topics except politics.
Shirley was intelligent, kind, giving, interesting, caring, dedicated, humble but mostly she was loving .
I will miss Shirley and I know I will never have that bond again.