James R. Shoop of Lackawaxen, Pa., dies at age 87

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James R. Shoop of Lackawaxen, Pa., entered into rest at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, April 29, 2019. He was 87.

He was born on Dec. 24, 1931.

He was married to Catherine Greco, who survives at home.

Jim proudly served his country during the Korean War as a U.S. Marine. He later worked for Morse Diesel as an electrical engineer. He was a member of Saint Ann’s Parish in Shahola, Pa.

Jim loved his loyal pet dogs, Gretchen and Freckles, who were always at his side. He was fondly called “Pepa” by his grandchildren, nieces and nephews, who all loved him. His family said, “As the Patriarch of our family he was a witty and loving husband who leaves us all with wonderful memories that we will all carry in our hearts.”

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Eanelli and the staff at Orange Regional Medical Center, nurses and aides, Linda, Sandy, Craig and Nicole at Revolutionary Home Hospice Care as well as Social Worker Nicole, for their excellent care and support given to Jim.

In addition to his loving wife, Jim is survived by his children, Heather O’Malley (Jake) of Rock Tavern, N.Y., James Shoop (Chrystine) of Goshen, N.Y., Robert Fanning of St. Petersburg, Fla., Laura Petersen (Scott) of Springfield, Va., Michael Fanning (Pam) of Wallkill, N.Y., Don Fanning of Lackawaxen, Pa., and Julie Sheehan (Tim) of Strongsville, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; his brothers-in-law, James Greco of Wallkill, N.Y., Gary Greco of Sarasota, Fla.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Don Shoop and his granddaughter Karrie Durr.

Visitation was held May 4 at Brooks Funeral Home, Newburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 6 at Our Lady of the Lake Chapel, Newburgh, N.Y. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Institute for Cancer Research (aicr.org) or Orange Regional Medical Foundation, 707 East Main St., Middletown, NY 10940.

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