Shirley Knight

December 10th, 2011
Shirley M. (Giannone) Knight, Age 75, of Wilmington MA, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2011 surrounded by the love of her family.  Born and raised in Somerville on March 6, 1936, Shirley was the beloved daughter of the late Walter A. and Pearl (Stewart) Giannone.  Shirley graduated from Somerville High School in 1953.
Shirley was a fun loving “goofball” and would do anything for a laugh. She was also a gifted cook, baker, writer, poet, web page designer, accountant, computer technician, and gardener.  Shirley also had a very big heart and would always be there to help people by making cakes for weddings, fixing people’s computers, preparing taxes and much more.
Shirley had a special love for animals, enjoyed eagles and peregrine falcons, but Panda Bears were her favorite, as she would follow the births of Panda Bears around the world. 
Shirley was devoted to her family and would do anything for them.  She was a loving wife, mother, “Nana”, sister, aunt and friend to many and she will truly be missed. 
Shirley was the beloved wife of Robert A. Knight married on November 20, 1955 and recently celebrated their 56th anniversary. The loving mother of Kenneth J. Knight of WA, Cheryl J. Field and her husband Ed of Hudson, NH and Steven M. Knight and his wife Giselle of Wilton, NH. She was the devoted “Nana” of Andrew, Kevin, and Jennifer Monty, as well as Colby and Charlotte Knight.
Shirley was the dear sister of Gloria Brian of Stoneham MA, Thelma Gasper of Somerville MA, Margie Develis of Vero Beach FL, and the late Walter Giannone of Somerville, Shirley was the dear half-sister of Roberta Cohen (Quincy MA),  Digger Riley (Winter Haven FL),  Herbie Riley (Quincy MA), Shirley is also survived by her sister-in-law and best friend of 60 years Yolanda Giannone of Somerville.
A Funeral Home Service will be held on Friday, December 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington MA.  Visiting Hours will be 11am till 1pm with a service from 1-2pm.  Memorial donations in Shirley’s name can be made to the Cancer Charity of one’s Choice.

40 Entries in Guest Book for “Shirley Knight”

  1. Ray & Pat Perreault says:

    Steve, Giselle and family..
    So sorry for the passing of your Mom.. she will be missed every day..

  2. Cindi Miller says:

    Steve, Giselle and family,

    My deepest sympathies for your loss….my heart breaks for you at this time of sorrow but rejoice in the fact that she is at peace…

  3. Cheryl & Ed Field says:

    Miss you Mom!! We know you are no longer in pain and for that we are happy…. you will be in our hearts forever. LOVE YOU!!

  4. Bob Macero says:

    Shirley, rest in peace…

    I shall remember you always for your wit and kind words.. Your courage and your strength through all is to be praised. Never once did we hear you complain about your plight, only fun and frolic. Personally, I thank you for bringing your loving Sister-in-law, Yolanda, to me. She is the love of my life.

    Love and God bless,
    Your friend, Bob Macero
    God bless you Shirley…

  5. Jennifer says:

    Nana, you are loved so much by every heart you have touched. Enjoy your peace in heaven, you deserve it for all that you have done.

  6. Yolanda Gianone says:

    Shirley, there will always be a place in my heart for you. You will never be forgotten – you are the best – you were more than a friend and sister in law to me – you were, in fact, a sister. I will cherish the wonderful memories I have of you. Thanks for giving me your brother for 45 wonderful years and being part of the Giannone Family. A happy fun filled family! My children are proud of their Giannone heritage.
    Thanks also for bringing Bob into my life and making me happy again.
    You are now at peace and no longer suffering – for that I am grateful, except that I will miss you so much – you were the best!! and will never be forgotten.
    Rest in peace – God Bless You
    Love, Landa

  7. Janet & Michael says:

    You were a real trooper Shirley right to the end. I will miss your sense of humor and that quick wit of yours. I guess God needed someone who could make him laugh and he knew you fit the bill, so he called you home.
    Rest in peace my friend …You will be greatly missed…

  8. Steve, Giselle, Colby & Charlotte says:

    You gave much, You asked for little.
    Mom, you gave us all a wondeful ride for all of our years with you.
    I am so happy to know that you had faith in Jesus. I am sure you are experiencing the glory of eternity in God’s presence.

    P.S. Colby says thank You for all the meatballs :-)

  9. Digger and Nancy Riley says:

    Shirley, My sister. My heart is heavy now that you have left us. I know you are with Mom and Sonny. You will always be in my heart. Nancy and I wish we could be there for your service and to be with the rest of the family. We will always remember the love you shared with our family. Love you~ God Bless

  10. Carol (Adamo) Synal says:

    Uncle Bobby, Ken, Cheryl and Steve, I wish I could be with you during this difficult time. This is a huge loss for the Knight family. Auntie Shirley was such a big part of our lives and we loved her so much. I am going to miss her “Silent Knights” Christmas card this year! I am glad I got to see her and Uncle Bobby during a recent visit home. Love, Carol

  11. Cathy Bouthillette says:

    We will remember Shirley with her zest for living and legacy of love!

  12. Dottie Adamo says:

    Shirley, there is a big void in this world today…but you have found a
    better place in Heaven. Your door was always open to welcome anyone and everyone. You taught me so much about love, life, (and the computer). I miss you already.
    “Sister” Dot

  13. Oinky says:

    Uncle Bob and all my cousins. Never forget the times up at Bearbrook!! When I think of Auntie I see a smile, Computer Whiz, Great debater, My tax lady, Always helped me identify spoofs. Ultimate Thanks giving Squash Pie. My moms chum, China moon, Supportive and loving, And the list goes on and on…
    I’m sure your watching us free of pain and suffering. I want to thank the lord for the wonderful aunt he gave me. You were a wonderful sister to my Mom who loves you sooooo much!! You will always be near and dear to our hearts. Until we met again may you journey well. God Bless the Knights and may the blessed Tech Angel watch over all of us..
    Uncle Oaky…

  14. Oinky says:

    Uncle Bob and all my cousins. Never forget the times up at Bearbrook!! When I think of Auntie I see a smile, Computer Whiz, Great debater, My tax lady, Always helped me identify spoofs. Ultimate Thanks giving Squash Pie. My moms chum, China moon, Supportive and loving, And the list goes on and on…
    I’m sure your watching us free of pain and suffering. I want to thank the lord for the wonderful aunt he gave me. You were a wonderful sister to my Mom who loves you sooooo much!! You will always be near and dear to our hearts. Until we meet again may you journey well. God Bless the Knights and may the blessed Tech Angel watch over all of us..
    Uncle Oaky…

  15. Fran Donovan says:

    Uncle Bobby, Ken, Cheryl and Steve,

    I send my sincere condolences for your loss. Auntie Shirley was an icon in the Knight family and there is no replacement for her wit and her quick smile. She was much loved by everyone.

    My memories of holidays when I was young always included the laughter of Aunt Shirley and of course her incredible Italian food. We all tried to copy her recipes but they never tasted as good as Shirley’s.

    May you all find comfort in your wonderful memories and may God hold you close during this time of loss and sorrow.

    Much love,

    Frani McLean Donovan and family

  16. George Urban says:

    Shirley will always be “Angel” to me. That’s what I called her. Gone from us so soon and so swiftly. I’m going to miss her a whole lot! We chatted on the average of no less than twice a week. She always answered promptly ["paying my rent here on earth!"], always with a bright ray of sunshine, with kindness and humor. I really loved her and her radiant, positive spirit, though we never met in person. She is among the angels & her Redeemjer now. Courage & Comfort to you Robert A. and everyone in the great family. The LORD will not let you down.
    With many prayers and much love,
    GEORGE, joined by RUTH.

  17. Ren Shelley says:

    Cheryl and family,

    I did not have the pleasure of meeting your mom, but through you, I feel I did know her to a certain degree. I am very sorry for your loss and I am praying for you and your family to get through this time with peace from knowing God loves you and will take care of you. Love and Hugs Always!!

  18. Brian McLean says:

    I’ll never forget Auntie Shirley’s laugh and her ability to make others laugh.
    She’ll be missed by many.

    God bless and rest in peace.

    Brian, Susan and Kyra McLean

  19. E10 Chili says:

    My sincere Condolences to Shirley’s family. For the past several years and tho we never met, Shirley was an E-friend from whom I greatly enjoyed receiving her tidbits of humor which will be missed and very much appreciated her for being a kindered spirit when it came to, how shall I say, philosophical views of how the world might spin its best.
    Vaya con Dios.

  20. Ron and Vicky Rogers says:

    Steve and Giselle and the whole family. Shirley sounded like a wonderful person and know she will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. Praying for the family during this great loss. May the Lord give you His comfort and peace.

  21. Steve & Jean Meuse says:

    Uncle Bobby, and cousins. Steve and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family during this sorrowful time. We will remember her for the homemade “Silent Knights” cards she used to send. Remember the good times, I am sure there were many.

    Love, Steve and Jean

  22. Linda Storer says:

    To the Knight family,

    I am very sorry to hear about your mother. I can remember the days that she would give me a special snack for kindergarten . Rest in Peace Shirley.

    Linda Storer (MacDonald)

  23. NancyGennetti says:

    There is a star shining brighter tonight because of Shirley.I got to know and love her when I met her at rehab.The laughs she used to give us.I will remember her eveytime I look at my Panda Bear pin she gave me.Take comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of her.She was a fun loving wonderful person who will be missed by many.

  24. Tom Kurdy says:

    It seems like forever that I first met Ken and Linda, then made my first trip to Manchester while working for DEC and met Shirley. Ken had me over to meet the family and with the times I spent have never forgotten everyone. Ken and I stay in touch still and I always get caught up on what goes on with the family. At these times it is especially difficult and please, all, my prayers are with you. I smile with my memories and am sad that she has passed. My love and prayers are with you all.
    Tom Kurdy

  25. Sue Leville Martin says:

    I will never forget the laughter I had being at your house. You always had the fun house to go to for all us High School kids. I know you will have heaven filled with laughter. Love, Keith and Sue and Chris Martin

  26. Michelle Kelleher says:

    Auntie Shirley I am glad that you are no longer suffering & in pain. I am forever grateful for the extra time I got to spend with you over the past year! It feels like yesterday when we met over at the Mandarin to celebrate your birthday!! You could always make me laugh & you always had a smile on your face no matter what you were faced with. I know you get that from your big sister, Gloria(who misses you very much)! Uncle Bobbie & cousins may you live with all the sweet memories & know you know have an angel watching over you!!!
    Rest in Peace Auntie!!
    Love you,
    (Dolly sister #2)

  27. Evie Aloupis says:

    Dear Bobbi,Cheryl, Ken, and Steve,
    Shirley was more like a sister to me. never forgetting to include me whether it was a holiday, birthday or the KEN was arriving. Always would ask what do you want to take home? She would bag up some goodies.
    As has been said she had a heart of GOLD and didn’t want anyone to be left out. She taught me all I know about using the computer and oh the patience she had showing me “HowTo” via the phone and if I didn’t get she would say o.k I will be up next Wed and she would fix any problems I might have..Jan would always say Mom if Auntie Shirley has her stuffed peppers bring one home for me and of course she would pack one up. I say HER stuffed peppers because no one could come close to her famous stuffed peppers.
    Bobbi you are lucky to have had a wonderful close family and they will surround you in your loss of your lifetime partner.
    Bless you all I am so sad and will miss her. Sister Evie

  28. Sue Corbett says:

    You will always be known as crazy Aunite Shirley. Always laughing and playing jokes. I will miss you my dear Aunt. May God be with you and your family. Love to all.

  29. Rhonda Bachner says:

    We will miss you Aunt Shirley and give David a big hug for me in heaven … xxoo

  30. Patsy (Grannan) Santilli says:

    My sincerest condolences to the family. Shirley was always the ’smartest’ cousin…I went to her to explain some computer problems to me in layman terms and she usually had the answers. Even tho we were hundreds of miles apart the family was always dear to us.
    Love to all..
    Cuz Bender…..Patsy

  31. Gloria & Ed Brian says:

    Sister we spent all the holidays together all the memories we made all the laughs we had!! Sister you were always so generous to my whole family you treated my kids as if they were yours! Shirley was a wonderful wife, mom, aunt, sister, friend & nana. You have a wonderful family who misses you very much! You are now amongst the angels – TechAngel!
    Good Bye Sweet Sister You are Now at Rest and as a Sister you were the Best!
    You are now in heaven and it seems so far, but when we look up we will see our shining star!
    Love & Miss you!!
    Gloria & Ed

  32. Ken Knight says:

    I’m very thankful for all the well wishes and fond memories from everyone.

    It helps me to know that so many people were positively touched by my mom, as of course I was. Tomorrow will be a hard time for our family saying good bye. The understanding and support you will all be bringing whether in spirit or in person will be a definate help during this time.

    To celebrate my mom’s life I know she would want to hear laughter and listen to silly stories about past events. Even while she was very sick she kept a positive attitude and always tried to entertain people keeping the medical staff, doctors and nurses in stitches.

    I’ve collected a few of my found memories which I will attempt to share with you tomorrow, so you can see how Mom has touched my life in a positive way. You will all be welcome if you wish to do the same.

    Mom, I miss you and you will always be in my heart.

    PS. Please let Jesus win one arguement and don’t bring up Obama’s birth certificate – they know where he was born :) .

  33. Carol Capone (Giannone) says:

    My heart is heavy today, because I know so many of our family are hurting. You would think, as you get older, you would get used to loosing friends and family, but for me, it hasn’t. I know Shirley had to go, but I will miss her. She is in good company, my sister Lorraine will be there to meet her. They both love to laugh and have fun. Lord knows, heaven is never going to be the same with those two there. To all her family, and so many of her friends, I want to say that I am sorry for your loss. God bless you Shirl, rest in peace.

  34. Claire (Grannone)Robillard ( says:

    My Cousin Shirley was an outgoing fun person to be around. I lived at Nanna’s house for awhile with Shirley and her sisters and we had so much fun. She was an upbeat person with a terrific sense of humor. She was much more tech savy than I and used to send me such fun & interesting computer info. She was very much loved by all and will be very much missed.She is now an angel and looking down on us. My deepest sypathy to all her loving family with love from, Cousin Claire(San Diego)

  35. Irene Grannan says:

    My condolences to all the family for your loss.

  36. Cheryl Field says:

    Thanks to everyone who wrote fond messages here in Memory of Mom. We appreciate all the kind words. If anyone would like a Memorial bookmark card please email me at I’d be happy to send one out. Thanks! Cheryl

  37. Joyce (sweetjoyce) Lewis says:

    Was a great lady to know. Only knew her through chat world.
    My prayers for you and your family.

  38. Sateesh Batas says:

    Sorry to hear of this – “TechAngel” helped me on annexcafe (with I.T. issues).


  39. John Johnson says:

    Please accept my condolences.

    I only knew TechAngel from her newsgroup postings which I always looked forward to seeing. She was fun and quite insightful. Her love for her family would always show through when she apologized for being away from the board because she often described her meal and celebration plans.

    Rest well sweet lady. You are indeed an Angel. My prayers are with you and your family.

    John (aka Ferd Berfle, Judge Cookie Bullfincher, etc.)

  40. Linda Johnson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a joyful woman. While I only knew her on newsgroups, she was the light of so many days. She made us all jealous with her family stories, especially the ones concerning food.

    She is most certainly at peace now.
    Linda (aka SeaNymph)

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