Obituaries

Cori Lynn Shearing

November 25, 1999 - April 14, 2020

Age 20, of 6326 Hardys Road, Bliss, NY went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on 14 April, 2020. She was born on Thanksgiving Day 25 November, 1999 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York to Matthew and Shari Kay Shearing. Because she was born on Thanksgiving Day we often referred to her as “Turkey Lynn”.

She attended elementary, middle and high school at Letchworth Central School, graduating in 2018 with a GPA of 98.09. She was a beautiful, smart, and loving woman who excelled in art and athletics. She was an integral part of the swimming, basketball and track teams and had an awesome graduation party. She then went on to attend Hilbert College in Hamburg, New York and was a top student with straight A’s.

She enjoyed puzzles, planting flowers, drawing, playing anagrams, doing tie dye, dancing and playing her ukulele. She adored animals and misses Shiloh, Bailey and Molly. She was always the designated driver for her brother, sister and friends. She was an avid reader, loved to fish and hang out on the beaches of Florida. She has a unique style with her bangs, beautiful smile and her clothes purchased from thrift stores. She is a joyful flower child who was born 35 years too late. Her room is adorned with tapestries and strange lighting fixtures. She prepared and ate 3 eggs and 4 slices of toast nightly and her quirks were absolutely charming. She brought happiness and joy to everyone she met. Faun Lake and Johnson’s Nursery is where she spent her summers working. This is where she learned and grew from the people that recognized her talents and loved her.

Cori’s family misses her deeply…a hole that cannot be filled. Her family and friends greatly appreciate your expressions of sympathy and love. Words cannot fully express our sorrow and grief that we’re experiencing with the loss of this perfect gift, whom we called Cori. We are confident that she is in Jesus’ loving arms.

Surviving along with her parents are her brother, Matthew J. Shearing of Baltimore, MD; her sister, Stacie M. Shearing of Alden; her paternal grandparents, James (the late Leslie) Shearing of Gainesville; her maternal grandparents, Robert and Joanne Erickson of Jamestown; aunts and uncles, Robert (Jennifer) Erickson of Elma, Thomas (Tari) Geisler of Jamestown, Marci Erickson of Jamestown, James L. (Sondra) Shearing of Gainesville, Eric Shearing of Athens, VT, Richard (Cynthia) Shearing of Portland, OR; several cousins.

Due to the current health crisis, attendance at Cori’s service is limited to her immediate family. Friends and relatives may view Cori’s memorial service by going to the Gainesville, NY United Methodist Church Facebook page on Thursday, April 23 at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Cori’s memory may be made to A New Start Kitty Shelter, 6342 Denton Corners Rd., Castile, NY 14427 or to the Gainesville United Methodist Church, 7 S. Main St., Gainesville, NY 14066.

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Apr 26.20 from John & Barbara Burris:

Dear Shari & Matt & Family, We are extremely saddened & devastated at the loss of Cori.
We most sincerely offer our prayers and deepest sympathy at this difficult time.
With Much Love and God to help you through
this our thoughts are with you!
Love & Prayers Sincerely, John & Barbara Burris

Apr 23.20 from Gwynne Wetherall:

I just wanted to let you know how very saddened I am to hear of Cori’s passing. I had her as a student for many years in elementary art class. She was always so much fun to work with; she was very talented in art and always seemed happy while working on her projects. Cori’s sweet personality made me smile each time she came into my room. She will be missed so much by everyone who knew her.    With my sympathy and friendship,
                          Gwynne Wetherall

Apr 23.20 from Bob & Gerri McDowell:

We are so sorry for this heart breaking loss.
We can’t even imagine the pain felt by the Shearing and Erickson families.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Apr 23.20 from Gary Goodspeed:

Dear Shari kat and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Apr 23.20 from Debi Grayson :

Shari Kay, Matthew, Matthew Stacie, and both your extended families~
So very sorry for the loss of Cori Lynn. Our hearts go out to you during this time.
With Love,  Debi and Brian Grayson

Apr 23.20 from Dean Denise DeGroff and Family:

So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Shearing family. Rest In Peace Cori. 🙏

Apr 23.20 from Growmark FS- Gainesville :

All of us are thinking of the entire Shearing family and praying for your comfort during this difficult time.

Apr 23.20 from Jalen Arvin:

Cori was an amazing friend in class. The same major had us in the same classes every semester and she brought nothing but funny and bright moments in some of the most difficult classes I’ve been through. We also sat near each other in every one them and were lab partners in most of them. It was thanks to Cori that I had a friend in my major, an amazing friend that showed me that there was nothing to be afraid of when expressing myself. She was full of light and energy that I have never seen before in a single person. It is heartbreaking to have lost such an amazing classmate and friend. Class will never be the same without her. I also wish nothing but the best for her family as they were very lucky to have such a bright soul in their lives. Rest well Cori, I’ll never forget the memories you and I shared in class, and I’ll never forget the great person that you were.

Apr 21.20 from Ashley Vicario-Murphy :

Cori and I were roommates at Hilbert, I’ll never forget the day I met her for the first time on move in day. I’ll always be thankful that Hilbert matched me with the best possible roomate a girl could ask for. I’ll cherish our time we had together forever. I love and miss her endlessly! My prayers go out to her family. Rest Easy Cor ❤️

Apr 21.20 from Helen Bigg:

Sheri & Family,
With a Broken Heart I send Sympathy to all your family.  A young Soul lost too soon.  My thoughts are with you all, as you grieve through this senseless accident,  Gods Peace be With You All, Helen Bigg

Apr 20.20 from Anna Ippolito:

Cori, I had a few classes with you. you were so inspirational and inspiring. i’m going to miss seeing your face at Hilbert next semester. Fly high Angel. RIP.

Apr 20.20 from bill dolan:

I forgot to mention that I was a fellow student and cori dormed in trinty hall where I cleaned she was friendly and very to all

Apr 20.20 from bill dolan:

I will miss her dearly I met her mom at teds hot dog and cori helped me out alot at the flower area where she worked she with god now

Apr 20.20 from Jill Cole Splawski:

On behalf of Hilbert College’s Office of Residence Life, we are heartbroken about the loss of Cori. She was a beautiful soul who infused joy into everything she did. She will be missed greatly in our community.

Apr 19.20 from Michael Brophy:

We at Hilbert College send our deepest prayers to Cori’s family. We were a stronger community because of Cori’s spirit and there is a hole in our heart now. We will hold a mass in her memory when everyone is back on campus.

Apr 19.20 from Judith cumming:

Thinking of you with love. Sending all the strength we possess.  Judy and Don

Apr 19.20 from Bruce & Carolyn Van Slyke:

Deepest Sympathy

Apr 18.20 from Jeanne M Wooster (Sacco):

Matt, just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and your family at this very sad time..I am so sorry to hear of your daughter’s passing.. My mom,Carol has also asked me to send her condolences..

Apr 18.20 from Anthony J. Lo Bello:

Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. I was very sad to hear of this horrible tragedy. I saw Cori at Thanksgiving Day dinner every year for a decade, and I can hardly believe that she died, like my brother, in a car accident. May she rest in peace.

Apr 18.20 from Jim and Annette Austin:

Dear Family,
Our deepest sympathy for this sudden loss which leaves behind only more questions, grief and disbelief. Cori has broken the surly bonds of this earthly life but lives on in each of our hearts. Her youthful exuberance and natural ability to always be part of a bigger idea, team or family captures her spirit.
Our heartfelt shared mourning must, in time, be colored and brightened by the loving memories of Cori’s ever-present smile and love.
May God comfort the family in this time of sadness. Prayers and tears…
Cousins Jim, Annette, Danielle and Julianne

Apr 18.20 from Judy and Oula:

Shari and Matt,
We are so sorry for your loss.  Your family is in our prayers.  We know that Cori’s bright, beautiful light will continue to shine on us all.  We wish you healing and send you love.

Apr 18.20 from John & Susan Austin:

Dear God,  I pray for all the survivors of your precious creation, Cori.  I know she in hanging out with you in her new mansion.  She touched everyone she came in contact with, including you.  I know she is having a great time getting to know you, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in person.  That must be amazing!  No more pain, suffering or crying up there for her, thank you Lord.  Knowing that she is safely in your embrace is comforting to us left behind, but still difficult to understand.  I pray that in time you may grant us peace and answers to the difficult questions and long sad days ahead as we grieve this devastating loss.  We will never forget her laugh, her smile, her charm, her wit and my personal favorite, her love of family.  Cori was a unique master piece.  You were really having a great day God when you created her.  Cori had so much to offer and we are so blessed to have experienced her beauty ways.  Cori’s life song to all of us was pure.  She captured what is best and refined and made it better.  When I first met little Cori (I call her CorCor), she was quiet and shy.  I spent the day with her at Letchworth State Park a few years ago and that changed our relationship.  I thank you for that one day Lord because it allowed me to get to know her much better and changed our relationship forever.  Just as I was able to get to know her better, I pray that everyone gets to know you better so people can experience true love.  Cori Lynn is experiencing true love today in your loving arms, for that I am so thankful.  She has returned home.  Not on our terms, but yours.  We miss her terribly already Lord.  There is much sadness and grief to contend with.  It is not something we will get over with in time, nor do we want to get over it, we will cope and adjust in our awkward manner, life will be different.  Words are difficult to express at this time.  Suffice it to say, almost impossible to communicate the deep emotional void of living without her.  The finality is incomprehensible.  Lord help all us navigate these turbulent waters ahead with love, understanding, sympathy, empathy and faith.  Let rest in the comfort that we will be reunited with CorCor again in your time.  With warmest regards always, your humble servants, Jon & Susan

Apr 18.20 from Tim Wilcox:

Prayers to the entire Shearing family