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Shirley Kehn TestoJanuary 8, 2012
Troy - Shirley (Kehn) Testo, entered into eternal life, Sunday evening, January 8, of heart failure at the Albany Medical Center Hospital. She was the wife of Herman A Testo for 62 years; loving and devoted mother of D. Thomas Testo (Linda), Robert A. Testo (Cecilia), Carol Testo Browne (Robert) A.Anthony Testo (Jim), and Kathleen Testo Kresge (Mark Razzano); and proud and loving grandmother of Thomas W. Testo, Nicholas A. Testo, Natalia T. Testo, Shannon A. Kresge, Robert S. Browne, Ryan Kresge, and Eric S. Browne. She was the daughter of the late Andrew and Edith LaPorte Kehn, and sister of John E. Kehn and the late Edith Kehn Agostine, Willard A., Donald J., Alfred F., Joseph C., and Paul F. Kehn.
Now a member of St. Augustine's Parish, she was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Troy from 1952 until it's closing in 2009. She was a graduate of School #4 in Wynantskill and the Troy High School class of 1949. The first female marketing representative for John Hancock Life Insurance Company for the Troy district, she had a successful 25 year career, retiring in 1993. She had a great enthusiasm for her work, received multiple awards and honors, and was a mentor for many of those with whom she worked. She was an avid bowler her entire life, and a member for over fifty years of the Alpha Women League and the HiWay Liesur-ettes. She also loved golfing and was a member of the Tee Timers and Huggers Golf Leagues for many years. She was a member of the Troy Chapter of the AARP since 1997 serving as membership chairman, a member of the Seton Health Auxiliary, and a volunteer at St. Mary's Hospital since 2007.
Shirley loved to travel, and felt fortunate to have traveled throughout this country and to Europe on a number of occasions, but felt especially blessed to be in Italy in 2008 with her entire family. She also loved gardening and one of her great joys was her work at Hank's Vegetable Stand through the years. She had a zest for cooking for her family and for all others. Her homemade lasagna, ravioli and meatballs were legendary. Her life was defined by her love and passion for her family. Her greatest joy was her five children and seven grandchildren. She cherished and was exceedingly proud of each of them. She lived a deeply fulfilled and profoundly compassionate life, always giving unstintingly of herself to all of those around her. Her generosity was boundless. There are no words to describe just how much she will be missed. She will forever be the heart of her family, and will always live in each of their hearts. Her family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the CPS staff at Albany Medical Center, especially Darcy Williams, Krista Hillicoss and Sherry Walsh for their genuinely heartfelt care.
Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Thursday from 4-8 PM.
Funeral service will be held Friday at 8:45 AM at the funeral home and at 9:30 AM at St. Augustine's Church Lansingburgh where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James Spenard OSA, Pastor.
Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery Troy.
In lieu of flowers, kindly send a donation in Shirley's memory to Joseph's House & Shelter, 74 Ferry Street, Troy, NY (www.josephshousetroy.org).