Mrs. Alverta (“Bert”) Shanahan Kennedy was born June 16, 1925 in Brentwood, Maryland. She was one of eight daughters of Ottilie and Elmer Norris. She was the last sister to pass at the incredible age of 95 on March 15th, 2021, and is now peacefully at home with the Lord.
As a very young girl, Bert had an incredible spirit and love of life. She left home and began her adventures traveling the U.S. visiting as many places and people as she could, which landed her in Chicago, Illinois where she met and married Lawrence (“Larry”) Shanahan.
She was united in holy matrimony to Larry Shanahan on May 9, 1945. Bert and Larry moved from Chicago to Greenbelt, Maryland in 1955, were married for 51 years, and together raised their three children: Jimmy, Margie and Pat. Larry preceded her in death in 1996, as well as their son, Jimmy in 2014.
Bert loved to cook and entertain, hosting countless family functions for many years. July 4th BBQs and Thanksgiving dinners were long-standing favorites. Although she loved spending time in the kitchen, many years were spent serving others at the original Ledo’s Pizza restaurant in Adelphi, Maryland and The Fireside Restaurant in Greenbelt, Maryland, where she impacted countless customers and friends, including her surviving husband, Ken Kennedy.
Ken and Bert married in April, 2000, lived together in Greenbelt, Maryland for many years before moving to the Riderwood Retirement Community in 2006, where Ken continues to reside.
Family and friends would agree that Bert was nothing short of an “angel on earth” serving and helping others whenever possible and would be considered by many as the most caring, thoughtful and generous soul. There was no task to great for Bert to take on if it meant helping someone else.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her surviving husband, Ken Kennedy, daughter and son-in law, Margie and George Folk of Davidsonville, MD, son and daughter-in-law Pat and Debi Shanahan of Lanham, MD, ten grandchildren, Donna Vaughan, James Shanahan, Debbie Lombel, Andrea Shanahan, Ryan Shanahan, Christie Shanahan, Christopher Shanahan, Jackie Shanahan, Holly Shanahan and Kelly Shanahan, and great grandchildren Alexia, Kayleigh, Taliya, Addisyn, Jazmyn, Josiah, Jacob, David, Nicole, Megan, Andrew, Johnathon and Kate as well as a host of devoted nieces, nephews, and friends.
A gathering will be held Friday, March 19th, from 11 am till the time of the Memorial Service at 12 pm at Gasch’s Funeral Home, P.A. in Hyattsville, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charity in Bert’s name.
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