Shirley Kress (Smulyan)
December 29, 2023

Funeral Information

January 2 2024 - 11:00 am
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, (Shadyside) Pittsburgh 15232

SHIRLEY KRESS (SMULYAN): Passed away peacefully on Friday, December 29, 2023. Born in Hazleton, PA, Shirley was the first daughter of the late Sarah and Joseph Smulyan. She attended Penn State University, from which she graduated with a degree in education. As a summer job during her college years, Shirley worked as a camp counselor where she met the love of her life, her husband, the late Mort Kress. After working as an elementary school teacher and raising her two children, Shirley returned to school to become a librarian. She enjoyed traveling, reading, the arts of all kinds, and spending time at the beach. She will be remembered by her children Andie (Barbara) and Doug (Sue), grandchildren Jake and Leah, and her sister Sandy Schwartz. Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 11 AM. NO Prior Visitation. Interment Homewood Cemetery. Shiva will be held at the home of Sue Berman Kress and Doug Kress. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jewish Association on Aging (


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