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Ellery S. Shields

March 19, 1935 — February 12, 2022

Rochester Mills

Ellery S. “El” Shields, 86, of Rochester Mills, passed away Saturday February 12, 2022 at his home.

He was born March 19, 1935 to Kenneth M. and Violet M. (Cokley) Shields in Punxsutawney.

On June 3, 1954 he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothea E Ewing who survives. El was proud that he never took off his wedding ring in 67 years of marriage.

He was a graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School. El then went on to attend Tri-State College in Angola Indiana where he received a degree in engineering. They moved back to the Punxsutawney in 1961 with their two children. El was a sales rep for Sears, Hoover, and IDS before opening a used car dealership. In 1995 he and his wife moved to the family homestead in Rochester Mills. He spent the rest of his years enjoying his real passion, farming and raising beef cattle. He also loved spending quality time with his family.

He is survived by a son Clinton D. Shields and wife Sally, Rochester Mills, a daughter, Debbie Seliga

and husband Tony, Punxsutawney, five grandchildren, Alan Seliga and wife Jessica, Joshua Shields and wife Melissa, Amy Barrett and husband Nathan, Tonya Conrad and husband Matt, Adam Shields and wife Courtney, great grandchildren, Connor and Macie Shields, Theron and Holland Shields, Hailey and Aria Seliga, Emalyn, Maelee and Owen Conrad, Lydee and Logan Barrett, a brother Daniel Shields, and a special cousin Jean Rosborough.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law Joan.

Friends will be received on Wednesday from 1:00 PM until the time of service at 4:00 PM at the McCabe Funeral Home Inc., 114 Maple Ave., Punxsutawney, PA 15767.

Interment will take place at Mahoning Union Cemetery, Marchand.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

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