Nona M. Shaw

Nona M. Shaw, a long-time resident and native of Oswego passed Friday morning December 31.

Her kindness, grace, humor, gentle hand, and love will be eternally remembered by her two sons Warren (Lisa) Shaw of Oswego and Gary (Nan) Shaw of CA, her five grandchildren Jonathan, Sarah, Justin, Nathan, and Hannah, and her brother Donald (Joanne) Geers of Oswego, and the scores of students she touched in her thirty-five year teaching career.

We will miss her beaming smile and hazel-eyed-looks that reflected a deep sense of adventure and caring. Nona had a strong desire to teach and promote young minds. She started her teaching days in Oswego, then to Sodus, ventured to Kodiak Island, Alaska, then on to southern California, and eventually settled back in Oswego and taught at Minetto for nearly thirty years.

Nona was an accomplished pianist, and she was a member of the daughters of the Eastern Star. Her retirement years were completely devoted to the further life launching of her sons and grandchildren. Her constant gifts will never be forgotten.

Funeral services will be Friday January 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home. Calling hours will be from Friday 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service, at the funeral home 147 West Fourth Street, Oswego. Spring burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.


  1. Warren, We were so sorry to read of the passing of your mom. Minetto School was very fortunate to have her as a teacher and friend. We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. See you in June. Barb and Sam Domicolo

  2. Warren, Lisa, Sarah…sorry to hear of your loss. Sounds like she was a pretty wonderful lady, and where you, Warren, got your own love of teaching (she showed you the way to channel all that energy to benefit your students).

    Although I never met your mother (I did some sub work at Minetto in the 1990s, but was not formally introduced to her), I do know you, and Ray and I wanted to express our condolences.

    A rich full life is the best revenge against time, and it sounds like she lived LIFE in spades! God bless you all!

    Debbie & Ray Engelke

  3. Warren, Lisa and the whole family,
    I was truly saddened to hear of your loss. Having worked with Nona, and being on the end of a few of her pranks, I developed a great respect and love for her. she was a truly wonderful person, a good friend and mentor and a fantastic teacher whose touch has impacted scores of children who had the benefit of her skills. I am sorry that I cannot be there in person to convey these feelings.

  4. I realized that my previous post was identified as from muin, an Irish word meaning teacher. I will truly miss Nona. Bob Prior

  5. Warren I was sadden by your loss. Your MOM was a gracious lady! She always had a smile to offer us even when we were being loud! She will be miss!

  6. Don & Joanne, Warren & Lisa, and Gary. Sorrry to hear of your loss. Nona was a speacial lady and will be missed. The whole Geers family were part of the 6th street family and happy times well remembered. Connie, Rick and Chad Fry

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