For Immediate Assistance

Airman First Class Shannon Marie Purcell

Tuesday, June 23, 1998Saturday, May 6, 2017

Shannon Marie Purcell, 18, was called home to God on Saturday, May 06, 2017, at 6:30 PM, in Okinawa, Japan.

Born on June 23, 1998, in Kingston, Shannon was the daughter of Dave Purcell, Swoyersville, and Georganne (Russett) Purcell, Larksville.

Shannon was a graduate at Wyoming Valley West High School, Class of 2016.

Incredibly musically talented, Shannon played a number of instruments, and also played in a band with her girlfriends - "BAMS"

Shannon was a Joan Harris Centre Ballerina where she was a student representative and a well-loved assistant dance teacher. Through her dancing career, she performed in many shows, most recently in a production of “Snow White”. Shannon was known for being a very strong and graceful dancer who expressed her sense of humor and bubbly personality through singing.

In 8th grade, Shannon began playing Field Hockey and played up until her senior year for Wyoming Valley West. She made varsity her sophomore year, and played for travel teams such as Kapow, Valley Styx, PA Elite, and Chicks with Sticks. Shannon competed in the Misericordia University and King's College Summer Leagues, and also spent her summers attending field hockey camps at Bloomsburg University and Slippery Rock. She also played in the Keystone Indoor Tournament and was selected to play individually for the Limelight tournament under college connections. Throughout her Field Hockey Career she won a dome championship, a King's League Championship, and a 2014 District 2 AAA Championship gold medal.

On July 19, 2016, Shannon joined the United States Air Force, and was sent to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to attend the 7 week Air Force Basic Military Training (BMT) Course. After graduating from basic training, she was assigned to the 363rd Training Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, where she completed her Technical Training School to become a Munitions Systems Specialist. Upon graduating from Technical Training School, she received her first permanent duty assignment at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, arriving there on December 09, 2016. Shannon was assigned to the 18th Munitions Squadron where she served as a Conventional Maintenance Technician. During her time with the 18th Munitions Squadron Shannon was awarded the Kadena Air Base Diamond Sharp Award and the Air Force Achievement Medal. While living in Japan, Shannon traveled, explored and said yes to every adventure.

Shannon brought light and peace to the lives of others from all across the world. Her love, kindness, and care for people gave her the unique ability to forge fast friendships that could withstand the test the time. She possessed a genuine concern for every person she encountered throughout her life and she was always ready and willing to extend a helping hand to anyone in need. Although Shannon lived just shy of 19 years, the impact she has made on this world made it all the more beautiful and a much better place!

Shannon was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Joseph Purcell; and her uncle, Christopher Doran. 

In addition to her parents, Dave  Purcell and Georganne Purcell, Shannon is survived by her sister, Rikki Purcell; her paternal grandmother, Jeanne Purcell; her maternal grandparents, George and Annette Russett; her aunts, Mary Allen, Laurie Doran Golubieski, Ellen Edmonson, and Kathleen Miick; her uncles, Christopher Purcell, Joe Golubieski, Glenn Edmonson, and George Miick; her cousins, Melissa Allen McHugh, John and Karli Doran, Eric and Jacob Edmonson; as well as a countless number of extended family members and friends.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend Shannon’s viewing which will be held on Thursday, May18, 2017, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort. An additional viewing will be held on Friday morning from 9:15 AM until the time of the funeral service.

Shannon’s funeral service will be celebrated on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 10:00 AM at the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort. The funeral service will be officiated by a Military Chaplain from the United States Air Force.

Interment will follow in Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Hanover Township, where full Military Honors will be accorded by the United States Air Force.

A Reception and Celebration of Shannon Marie's life will follow the burial service. Details will be announced at the cemetery.

For additional information or to send the Purcell family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home web-site

"It is not length of life, but depth of life." – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Service Date
Friday, May 19, 2017 - 10:00am

A viewing for Shannon will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort. An additional viewing will be held on Friday morning, May 19, 2017, from 9:15 AM until the time of the funeral service.

Shannon’s funeral service will be celebrated on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 10:00 AM at the funeral home. The funeral service will be officiated by a Military Chaplain from the United States Air Force. Those relatives and friends who will be joining in the funeral procession are asked to assemble at the funeral home no later than 9:45 AM on Friday morning.

Interment will follow in Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Hanover Township, where full Military Honors will be accorded by the United States Air Force.

Following the Service, the family would like all those in attendance to join them for a luncheon. Details will be announced at the cemetery.


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Dear Mr. and Mrs. Purcell, On behalf of my wife, Mrs. Lorri A. Vallone, we would like to extend our most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beautiful daughter, Shannon. We did not know her personally, but we know her friend and fellow Airman, Staff Sergeant Julian Vanegas with whom we attend church services. All of Kadena Air Base and especially her co-workers from the 18th MUNS are grieving the loss of your precious daughter this week. A memorial service is being held in her honor so that we, too may remember her with love, respect, and affection. Lorri and I both pray that the Lord our God will surround you, comfort you, and keep you in this time of grieving. I know that Shannon is resting safely in His loving arms. God bless and take care. Felix V. Vallone, Jr. Sergeant First Class (Retired) United States Army
My heart is broken, I don't even have the words to say to my dear friends Dave & Georganne. May they have the peace to know that heaven has gained a beautiful angel, and that one day they will all be together again in the kingdom of the Lord.
Dave & Georgeanne, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Shannon was full of life and there has never been a time where I saw her and she didn't give me the biggest hug. She light up a room with her smile and bright personality. We had fun times in the summers during field hockey season, and enjoyed having her over the house. May god comfort you and take care of you. Shannon will never be forgotten. XOXO.
Dear Georgeanne, Dave, Rikki, Russett Family, Purcell Family and her Air Force Brothers and Sisters - May you find hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain. I am truly sorry. May God wrap you all in his arms. Much Love, Diane
I don't know Shannon. There is a connection between us though. While not the Air Force I was in the Army many years ago. As I sit here reading this persons obituary the words are hard to find. How do we say thank you for your service to our country and others when you can't even see them. You are what others take advantage of every day, a free spirited, wonderful, thoughtful human whom was taken from your family and friends way to early. I don't know why you had to go. Perhaps it was to bring awareness to the world of just how dangerous of a world we live in. What ever the reason, I hope and pray your God resting in peace watching over your loved ones. My condolences to your family and friends as they say goodbye to you for now, till they meet you once again in heaven. God bless you.
Purcell family this is Tony Ratchford a childhood friend of Georgeanne. I wanted to pass along condolences from my family and I. After reading Shannon's obituary I felt the need to reach out to a friend from 40 years ago to let her know she is in my prayers, Shannon's obituary was an incredible write up and I was amazed to read about all of her accomplishments. She seemed to be a special person. Your family and Shannon are in my prayers. God Bless and may Shannon rest in peace
I am very sorry for your loss. It is painful to lose a loved one inn death. The void left in our lives is large. Although words cannot remove your pain, it is my hope that they bring you some comfort. "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4) God promises to remove the pain caused by the loss of a loved one. He will destroy death itself, and those who have fallen asleep in death will be brought back to life. (John 5:28,29) My sincere condolences for your loss.
Dear Georgeanne I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.I wish you and yours the best.
To the parents of Shannon - As the mother of a daughter graduating with Shannon, played field hockey and instruments, danced at Joan Harris Dance School, my heart breaks for your precious loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Judy L.
Our deepest sympathy to the Purcell family god bless your family. Mr. and Mrs. Mark Vital
Dave and Rikki, We are so sorry for your loss of Shannon. Ton & Vita Reddy
I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless Shannon. May she rest in peace.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I found out about her passing from one of the Ammo Facebook websites. I've been retired from the Air Force since Mar of 2000, but I spent 21 years in Ammo. We are all a family and probably the closest knit of all AF career fields. Even though I obviously didn't know your daughter it breaks my heart to see such a young and vibrant soul taken way to early. Prayers to you and your family during this time.
Mr. & Mrs. Purcell, Please accept my deepest condolences of the loss of your daughter. While I did not know your daughter personally, we were both AMMO troops and when we lose a sister or brother we all hurt. My heart breaks for your family and as a father of four I can't imagine what you are going through right now. Again, please accept my family's deepest sympathies and condolences for your loss. She will be missed as I read she was a stellar and amazing Airman. My God rest her beautiful soul. With deepest sympathies, The Schlosberg Family
Dave I am so sorry for your lost and my hart gos out to u and your family
Georgeanne and family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. I know you all must be very proud of the service she gave to our country and the love and kindness she freely showed. My sincere condolences. Guy
Dave and family: As a parent myself, words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of your beautiful, beloved Shannon. I hope you find some small comfort in your memories and love of Shannon that will remain in your heart forever. "Do not weep at my grave - I am not there / I am in the sun's reflection in the sea / I am in the wind's play above the grain fields / I am in the autumn's gentle rain / I am in the Milky Way's string of stars / And when on an early morning you are awaked by bird's song / It is my voice that you are hearing / So do not weep at my grave - we shall meet again." Sheila Husted Moore
Georgeann, my heart is breaking for you on the loss of your daughter.There are no words! Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May Shannon rest in peace! Kelly (Fahey) Coslett
My deepest condolences to the Purcell family for this tremendous loss. May the words found at Isaiah 26:19 bring you comfort in knowing that you will one day see Shannon again. Isaiah 26:19 "Your dead will live. My corpses will rise up. Awake and shout joyfully, You residents in the dust! For your dew is as the dew of the morning, And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life"
Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your daughter.
God Bless Shannon and her family. So sorry for your loss.

Just a heartfelt thank you for your sincere care and kindness in helping us journey our Wife, Mom, and Grandmother home to the Lord. You made a difficult time much easier.