Joan "Josie" Kramer Shames
September 16, 2017

Visitation Information

September 19 2017 - 10:00 am
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

Funeral Information

September 19 2017 - 11:00 am
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

Shames, Joan "Josie" Kramer, On Saturday, September 16, 2017; Beloved wife of the late George H. Shames; Loving mother of Hilary Shames and Matthew (Jennifer McGarrity) Shames, all of Pittsburgh.  Sister of the late Lloyd Kramer, Barbara (late Jack) Shore and Vida (late Nick) Demas.  Sister-in-law of Ann Kramer.  Devoted grandmother of Lisa and Heidi Langhorst and Ella and Jackson Shames.  Also survived by her many treasured and beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. In her characteristically modest fashion, Josie brought her natural generosity and kindness to her endeavors as an advocate for the many causes in which she believed. Whether working to improve basic human and political rights, giving voice to children and families who otherwise might not be heard, or loving and supporting her family and friends, Josie often worked behind the scenes affecting, influencing and teaching by connecting with people on an individual level. She loved without judgement and was loved in return.  Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11 AM.  Visitation one hour prior to services (10 - 11AM). Interment Homewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to KidsVoice,, 437 Grant Street #700, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, ACLU, , 247 Fort Pitt Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or Alzheimer's Disease Research Center,, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.


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On behalf of the Buckley family from Gladstone Rd., I want to express our sadness about your mom. We have many warm memories of both your mother and father in our hearts-- since childhood . We are thinking of you right now and sending our love to you, Hilary and Matthew, and the rest of your family.

By Kara Buckley Snyder - September 19, 2017

Please accept the heartfelt condolences of the entire Sasha Bruce Youthwork family in Washington, DC for the loss of Debby Shore's aunt Josie.

By Sasha Bruce Youthwork - September 18, 2017