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Shirley S. Waterman

November 21, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Shirley S. Waterman, 86, formerly of Tanglewood Manor and Newland Ave., Jamestown, died at 6:50 p.m., Tuesday (Nov. 6, 2012) in the Heritage Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center.

She was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Jamestown, the daughter of J. Willard and Ethyl C. Smith Wellman, and was a graduate of Panama Central High School.

Prior to retiring in 1980, she had been a real estate broker, owning and operating her own office. In earlier years she had been employed by Connie Grey and the 4 Housemen real estate offices.

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Shirley S. Waterman

A member of the Lakewood Baptist Church, she was a very independent woman who at the age of 70 bought a house to fix up. She enjoyed bird watching, sewing and travel, but most of all loved being with her family.

Surviving are a daughter, Laura S. (George) Renker of Ridge Manor, Fla.; two sons, James V. (Barbara) Bergman of Ashville and Gary N. (Cindy) Bergman of Jamestown; 10 grandchildren, Daniel (Melinda), Jacques and Vaner (Becca) Devereaux, Michelle Prince, Dawn, James (Danielle), Joseph C. (Kaitlin) and Kelly Bergman, Jessica Morgan Gill and Kimberly (Eugene) Johnson; 14 great-grandchildren, Alex, Andrew, Aiden, John, Jarrett, Jordan, Caitlin and Jenna Devereaux, William Nagy, Nicholas Weichaut, Dylan and Cooper Bergman, Xavier Perry and Jaleiya Glover; three great-great-grandchildren; three stepchildren, Linda (Ted) Lindquist of Stow, Penny Smith of Watts Flats and Gary Waterman of Arizona; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her father in 1973 and her mother in 1980, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Vaner Bergman in 1968; her second husband, James Waterman in 2000; a son, Roger Bergman in 2010; a grandson, Nicholas Bergman; a great-grandson, Demarius Bergman; a step-daughter, Kathy Waterman in 2010; and by five sisters, Marjorie Cross in 1993, Marion Summerfield in 1967, Helen Johnson in 2004, Lucille Bacon in 2004 and Priscilla Young in 1996.

The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 in Powers, Present and Sixbey Funeral Home. Pastor Daniel Cook of the Lakewood Baptist Church officiated. Burial was in Grant Cemetery, Niobe.

The family received friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday in the funeral home. To send a message to the family, visit

Memorials may be made to the Lakewood Baptist Church, 150 Erie St., Lakewood, N.Y., 14750.



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