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Shirley Lessun

November 5, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Shirley Lessun, 91, formerly of the Douglass House Apartments in Houghton, passed away Thursday evening, November 1, 2012, at PortagePointe Franklin House in Hancock, where she had been a resident for the past 1 1/2 years.

Shirley was born on May 21, 1921, in West Damascus, Pa., daughter of the late Clarence and Violet (Bryant) Schweighofer. She attended the local schools and graduated from Damascus High School in 1939.

In 1944, she married John Lessun and together they operated a dairy farm in West Damascus, Pa., for many years. In the mid-'70s, they moved from the farm to Honesdale, Pa. John preceded her in death on March 18, 1985. Shirley and John spent many winter months in St. Petersburg, Fla., so after his death, she spent winters there, and summers in Pennsylvania or Michigan with family. In 2008, she moved permanently to Houghton to be near her daughter and family.

Besides her parents and husband, John, Shirley was preceded in death by her sister, Roberta Meyer, and granddaughter, Sasha Lampinen.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Charles) Dennis of Honesdale, Pa., and Marsha (Tony) Lampinen of Houghton; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Lois Blum Wilson of Beech Lake, Pa.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A family memorial service for Shirley will be held in Pennsylvania at a later date.

To view Shirley's obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit

The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Chassell is assisting the family with arrangements.



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