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Barbara L. Shutes, of Sharpsville, passed away at noon Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in her home. She was 71.
Mrs. Shutes was born Oct. 13, 1946, at Buhl Hospital, Sharon, a daughter of James R. and Betty Lou (DeVenney) Kahl.
She was a 1964 graduate of Hickory High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at Mercyhurst College, Erie, and her master's degree in Education at Westminster College, New Wilmington.
Barbara briefly taught at Sacred Heart Parochial Grade School, Sharon, and Phoebus Elementary School, Hampton, Va., while her husband was stationed at Fortress Monroe in Hampton. Upon returning to Mercer County, she taught for 39 years at St. Michael's Elementary School, Greenville.
As an English teacher, she educated generations of St. Michael's students in the arts of sentence diagramming, literature, vocabulary, and proper grammar. Her students proudly participated in the Youngstown State University English Festival and the VFW Patriot's Pen writing contest, among many others.
Barbara was a member of St. Bartholomew Church, Sharpsville. She was actively involved with the Mercer County Ducks Unlimited's Hens organization and the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 299, Sharon.
She enjoyed gardening, walking in Buhl Park, reading, going to dinner with friends, Notre Dame football a passion gained from her father and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates.
Her husband, William V. Shutes Jr., whom she married on June 28, 1969, passed away Oct. 4, 1995.
Surviving is a son, William V. Shutes III, Cleveland, Ohio.
In addition to her husband, Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and by her companion, Bruce W. Kidd.
The family suggest memorial contributions be made to Mercer County Ducks Unlimited, www.ducks.org.

Barbara L., 71, of Sharpsville.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (1-26-18) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com
Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Saturday (1-27-18) in St. Bartholomew's Church, 311 W. Ridge Ave., Sharpsville, with Rev. Matthew Strickenberger, pastor as celebrant.
Burial: St. Rose Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on January 24, 2018
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