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May 2, 2013

Shirley Ann (Hufford) Hegeman

Shirley Ann (Hufford) Hegeman

ONEONTA — Shirley Ann (Hufford) Hegeman, 83, of Oneonta, formerly of Dayton, Ohio, passed away Friday, April 26, 2013, in Albany.

Born Sept. 6, 1929, in Dayton, Ohio, daughter of the late John and Florence (Lotz) Hufford, she was a member of Shiloh Church and a graduate of Fairview High School.

In 1947, in Asheville, N.C., she married Charles H. Stapleton Jr., who preceded her in death in 1954. In 1961, she married John W. Hegeman in Dayton, Ohio.

A legal secretary for many years, Shirley was a noted genealogist and family researcher. A member of the Oneonta Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) since 1983, she served in various offices including chapter treasurer, assistant registrar, registrar, chapter chairman for lineage research, and vice chairman of lineage research for New York State, District 6.

In 1988, she was one of the founding members of the Friends of Swart-Wilcox House which spearheaded the restoration of the oldest house in Oneonta, and was instrumental in having it placed on the National Historic Register.

Wherever she lived, from Ohio, to California to New York, Shirley considered life an adventure, and took advantage of all the historic places and libraries around her. She passed along to her children the love of books, winding country roads, and Scrabble. Her family was her priority, passing down the pictures, history and relationships that still lovingly bind them together.

Shirley is survived by her husband, John; daughter, Dianne Stapleton Robinson (William), Fairfield, Ohio; sons, Charles H. Stapleton III, Cody, Wyo., John W. Hegeman Jr. (Tammie), Bakersfield, Calif., and Robert L. Hegeman, Schenectady. Other survivors include grandchildren, John W.C. Robinson, Hamilton, Ohio, Cheyenne Stapleton, Hanceville, Ala., Deena, Brett and Hannah Stapleton, Santa Rosa, Calif., Lindsay and Courtney Hegeman, Bakersfield, Calif.; sister, Barbara Hufford Smith; and brother, John R. Hufford (Linda), both of Vandalia, Ohio; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, and her sweet Alexis.

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