Obituary of Michelle A. Ferris


Michelle A. (Shellie) Ferris, 80, passed away July 23, 2020 at Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center following a lengthy illness. Shellie was born in Watertown, NY, the eldest child of Peter L. and Doris (MacLaughlin) Cardinal. She was raised in Mattydale, NY and was a graduate of North Syracuse High School.

In 1959 Shellie married the late George J. Ferris and moved to Cortland. She worked at Potter Paint Co. for 40 years, retiring in 2002. Shellie and George ran a catering business for 25 years, providing delicious food for hundreds of weddings and other celebrations.

Shellie is survived by her daughter, Alison (Donald) Bonawitz of Cortland, siblings Deidra (Duane) Taylor of GA, and Peter M. (Pamela) Cardinal of FL, 3 step-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and cousins, and her adorable cat, Peanut.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Shellie was predeceased by her daughter Kathryn (Kathy) Ferris.

Shellie’s family would like to thank the staff at Crown Park, especially the nurses and CNA’s on 3S, for taking such good care of Shellie.

At Shellie’s request, there will be no services. Donations in Shellie’s memory can be made to the Kathryn A. Ferris Memorial Scholarship, c/o Sherry Timmons, CJSHS, Valleyview Dr., Cortland, NY, 13045.

Arrangements are being made by Riccardi Funeral Home, Cortland, New York 13045.

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