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Sylvia R. Shaw

June 19, 1919 — January 18, 2023

Sylvia R. Shaw age 103 of Washington, formerly of Canonsburg passed away peacefully on Wednesday January 18, 2023, in the Donnell House Washington, where her devoted family  had kept vigil by her side. She was born June 19, 1919, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Matthew and Marie Horvath Shamich. Mrs. Shaw lived most of her life in Canonsburg where she graduated from Canonsburg High School class of 1936 and is believed to be the last surviving member of the class. She was a devoted lifelong member of St Patrick Church of St. Patrick Parish, where she had been active with the Christian Mothers and Guild and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Canonsburg 1211. Sylvia was an avid card player who was an American Contract Bridge League Life Master. She had been employed for many years at Jeffrey’s Drug Store prior to her retirement. Sylvia lived through the Spanish flu epidemic, the loss of her father and baby sister in the 1920’s, the Great Depression, the loss of her mother in the 1930’s, World War II, the Viet Nam era, the loss of her husband and the COVID Pandemic. On June 6, 1942, she married James Edwin Shaw who passed away June 14, 1999 after 57 years of marriage. Left behind to cherish her memory are her beloved children Mary (Zerah) Westbrook of Wilmington NC, Catherine (Paul) Caplan of White Oak, James E. Shaw Jr (Celeste) of Washington Kevin Shaw (Debi) of Tafton, Pamela (David) Kuhns of Beaver and Denise (John) Seiffer of Pittsburgh, 5 grandchildren, 2 step-grandsons and 4 great grandchildren, plus cousins, extended family and friends. The last of her immediate family, Mrs. Shaw was preceded in death by her husband, parents and siblings George Shamich who passed away in 1991 and her sister Frances Shamich who died in Infancy.

Friends and family are welcome for 2-4 and 6-8pm Thursday January 19, 2023, in SALANDRA FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, INC. Joseph P. Salandra owner/supervisor. 304 West Pike Street Canonsburg 724-745-8120 where departing prayers will be recited at 9:40 am Friday January 20, 2023. The Shaw family is requiring masks be worn at all times in the funeral home and in church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am in St Oscar Romero Parish St. Patrick Church 317 West Pike Street Canonsburg. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. When the weather is nicer in the spring there will be a memorial gathering to celebrate her life. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Covenant House at To view or extend condolences please visit

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