Shirley Eighmy Timonere was born May 23, 1934, in Conneaut, Ohio. In 1956 she married Steven Timonere of Ashtabula, Ohio, and they moved to the Toledo area where Steve had accepted a job with the law firm of Doyle, Lewis & Warner. They rented a small cottage in Maumee and in 1957 Shirley joined The First Presbyterian Church of Maumee where she remained active throughout her life. She taught elementary and middle school and in 1958 had the first of three daughters, still teaching as a substitute and continuing her own education at Bowling Green State University.
In 1977 Shirley accepted a job with WGTE-TV in the Programming and Production Department. She was hesitant about leaving teaching but decided "Once a teacher always a teacher." She realized the opportunity to teach through public broadcasting was an offer she couldn't refuse. In 1982 she was named Director of Broadcasting at WGTE and in 1986 became the Television Station Manager. In 1988 Shirley was named President and CEO of the Public Broadcasting Foundation of Northwest Ohio with four stations in her charge. She remained President and CEO until 2002 when she retired.
In her "retirement" she served as Executive Administrator for Ohio Educational Television Stations. Shirley served on the Board of Directors of many organizations including the Toledo Mud Hens, where she played an active role in the development of Fifth Third Field and the Huntington Center.
Included on a long list of honors and awards, in 2003 Shirley received the Fred Rogers Award, a national presentation from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for Excellence in Children's Television. The third recipient of this award, Shirley was preceded only by Fred Rogers himself and the Sesame Street Workshop.
Although she had a successful professional career, what Shirley enjoyed most was her time with her husband, children, grandchildren, extended family and friends. She was an avid reader, enjoyed cooking, gardening and for over fifty years Shirley and Steve returned to the site of their 1956 wedding trip in the Manitoulin Islands of Canada.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Osceola and Ford Eighmy; brother Ford Owen Eighmy; and her grandson Steven Bainbridge.
She is survived by her husband Steven Timonere; daughters, Jennifer (David) Bainbridge, Stacia Timonere (Franklin Welch), Anne (Brian) Bennett; grandchildren, Jessica Bainbridge, Mike Bennett, Grace Bennett; and sister Beverly (Bob) Safcik.
Visitation will be held at The First Presbyterian Church of Maumee, 200 East Broadway, Maumee, Ohio, on Thursday, March, 8 from 3pm until the time of the memorial service at 4:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Maumee Education Fund, the WGTE Education Fund or The Toledo Symphony.
A memorial service will be held at 4:30 PM on 2018-03-08 at First Presbyterian Church, 200 East Broadway Street, Maumee, OH, USA.
Published on March 7, 2018