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Shirli Veil Coons

12/09/1926 - 10/12/2022

Shirli V. Coons, 95, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona.  Shirli was born to Fredrick William “Bucky” Veil and Mae G. (Robaugh) Veil on December 9, 1926 in Cresson, Pennsylvania.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her husband Donald V. Coons, brothers Fredrick Veil, Henry Veil, Charles Veil, and sisters Dorothy (Veil) Thompson, Betty (Veil) Lancaster, and Jean (Veil) Stock.  Her sons Donald Scott Coons and Eric Alan Coons also live in Mesa, Arizona and with her in her final days.  Shirli graduated from the Cresson Joint High School in 1942 and began work as an assistant teller at the First National Bank of Cresson.  Shirli and Donald V. Coons were married on October 20, 1945 while he was a pilot of captain’s rank in the Army Air Corp.  Shirli and Donald built their home in Cresson in 1953, where she lived until moving to Mesa, Arizona in 2014.  In 1958, Shirli took 15 years off of work to raise her two sons, after which she became an office assistant, and eventually Office Manager for the Cooney Brothers Coal Company.  Shirli’s husband Donald passed in 1987, and Shirli continued working at Cooney Bothers until retiring age 68 in 1994.  Shirli is survived by her two sons Eric and Scott, three grandchildren by Scott and Mary Ann (Van Nest) Coons: Allison (Coons) Wolf, Kristen Coons, and Stephanie Coons, and three great grandchildren by Allison: James Coons, Karina Coons, and Logan Valencia.  Shirli will be cremated at the Bunker Family Funeral University Chapel in Mesa, Arizona and will join her husband Donald at the Alto Reste Cemetery in Altoona, Pennsylvania.  No services are planned at this time.  Shirli loved dogs, so in lieu of flowers donations to the Cambria County Humane Society (https://www.cambriacountyhumanesociety.com) are suggested.


Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Frank "Butch" Lancaster

    With a quick smile and an engaging laugh, Shoog was always great fun to be around. She and Don made the perfect couple. They would visit us or we would visit them nearly every year during the 50’s and 60’s. Those were great times, times that will always be indelibly etched in my memory. With Shoog’s passing, she is again with Don and the “Seven Veil’s” are once again whole. May Shoog and Don and the Seven Veil’s rest in peace.

  • Much of my happy youth was going to Cresson to be with you and your sister Jean at Grandma Veils home on Keystone Avenue RIP…Coty

  • I too, as noted by Coty, fondly remember those Sundays at Grama Veil’s on Keystone Avenue in Cresson. Shoot was always there and full of fun and laughter. Such a nice person! I was able to reconnect with her when she moved to Mesa and I was pleased to have been able to so. A Pirates fan to the end, she was!

  • I remember visiting Shoog and Don at their home . They liked to work in their beautiful yard. I’m sure they’re happy to be together again.

  • Every summer our whole family would pile into our old station wagon and head for Cresson. Shoog would welcome all 6 of us to stay for the weekend while we visited relatives from both the Stock (Bob) and the Veil (Jean) families. Later in life Jean and Bob would drive up on Penn State Football weekends and take Shoog to the games with them. I can imagine the 4 of them cheering on Penn State Football ❤️. I will miss her but I am glad to think of her together with family and friends in heaven.

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