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Frances Alfretta (Shields) Terney

January 29, 1930 ~ September 4, 2020 (age 90)


Frances Alfretta (Shields) Terney, wife of the late Regis Earl Terney, Sr., passed away Friday, September 4, 2020, at the age of 90. She was born on January 29, 1930 in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of the late John McKnight Shields and the late Christine Kabina Shields. She grew up in Black Lick, PA, and met her soon to be husband at Blairsville Roller Rink. She and Regis married in August of 1948, and together raised six children and their granddaughter, Carol. Frances was noted by her family as the “best cook ever”. She loved to read novels and watch musicals. In their retirement, she and Regis enjoyed antiquing at yard sales and flea markets. Cherishing many fond memories are sons, Regis Terney, Jr. (Karen), David Terney (Kim), and Daniel Terney; daughters, Maureen Bellissimo (Jim) and Michele Miller (John); grandchildren, Carol, Elizabeth, Stephen, Stuart, Nathaniel, Molly, Mica, Toby, Greg, Nicole and Emily; 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She is also survived by brothers, Jack Shields (Louise), Bob Shields (Nancy) and sister-in-law, Barb Shields. In addition to her husband and parents, Frances was preceded in death by son, Ronald Terney; sister, Susan Murphy; brother, Joe Shields; and daughter-in-law, Peggy. The family of Frances Terney will receive friends and family 6-8 PM, Tuesday September 8, 2020 at the Matthew X. Merlin Funeral Home. Funeral Home, Inc. 529 N. Chestnut St. Derry PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday September 9, 2020 at the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Derry, PA with the Rev Salvatore R. Lamendola as celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Latrobe, PA. Online condolences may be made at

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September 8, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Matthew X Merlin Funeral Home, Inc.
529 North Chestnut St.
Derry, PA 15627

Mass of Christian Burial
September 9, 2020

10:00 AM
St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church (Derry, PA)

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