Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Shirley M. Strope

Belmont, NY - Shirley M. Strope, 87, former long-time resident of 4 Erie Street, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was born  August 5, 1931 in Owego, NY, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Lydia (Burlingame) Morton. On March 3, 1950 in Waverly, NY, she married Charles L. Strope Jr. who predeceased her on December 16, 2010.

Shirley was raised in Waverly and was a 1949 graduate of Waverly High School. Shirley and Charlie started their family in Waverly and moved to Belmont in February of 1964, where they resided 53 years. In the mid 1970's she was employed as a bartender at the Pastime Bar in Wellsville and later for the Herbert DeLong American Legion Post 808 in Belmont. She was a member and past president of the American Legion Post 808 Auxiliary, member and past president of the Allegany County American Legion Auxiliary, and a member of the Allegany County 8/40.  

She is survived by five children: Sharon Cichy of Wellsville; Pat Whitney of Wellsville; Charles  “Cubby” Strope III of Belmont; Ron Strope of Marysville, Ohio; and Karen (Larry) Green of Wellsville.  Twelve grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.  Two sisters: Gladys Waite of Sayre, PA, and Phyllis Ludwig of Candor, NY, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husband, by two brothers: Carl and Leonard Morton; one sister, Elsie Foote, and a son-in-law, Steve Whitney.   

At Shirley's request, there will be no prior visitation or funeral. Burial will be in  Lockwood Cemetery, Lockwood, NY. Please consider memorial donations to The American Legion Post 808 in Belmont, Home Care & Hospice, or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


  1. I am so sorry. I know the family was a close one. She will also be a great loss to the town of Belmont for all her hard work through the Legion.

  2. Thank you for your kind words. She truly was an amazing loving person and those that knew her could see that. -Aaron (granddaughter)