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Memorial created 11-26-2005 by
Loretta Gilfoy
Shirley May (Souza) Reine
August 8 1953 - May 9 2005

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05-09-2012 9:12 PM -- By: Rachel Zaino,  From: Falmouth  

 Dear Shirley, Thank you for all the beautiful memories at Thanksgiving, Halloween, and all the other special occasions. You are truly missed by all of us.  You will always be remembered & live forever in our hearts.  Gob bless!!


Rachel, Frank, Zachary, & Julia  xoxo

05-09-2012 7:40 PM -- By: Barb,  From: Arizona  

My heart is heavy today with sadness and anger.  I miss you.  I think about you alot.  I think of you every time I go to my hairdresser  because she has a wrought iron dashhound by the door.  Every time I go by the last picture that was taken of you, Loretta, me, and mom I think of you.  The other night I was watching The Voice on TV and one of the contestants was singing Yesterday and I remembered when we sang it together.  I still have the recording.  I play it once in a while.  I miss you and love you Sis

05-09-2012 5:12 PM -- By: amy antunes,  From: mashpee  

your story bought me to tears

05-09-2012 4:31 PM -- By: laurie weeks,  From: falmouth, ma  

What a beautiful memorial. Put together by a beautiful sister. I did not know Shirley but I am Loretta's friend. I have never seen such love and devotion to a dearly departed. I wish I knew you Shirley. May you rest in peace on this sad anniversary  of your passing.

05-09-2012 12:13 PM -- By: Jane Rust,  From: Falmouth  

Oh sweet Loretta honey, I am so sorry for your indefinable grief over losing your beautiful sister Shirley oh those many years ago, especially in such a tragic way. I can never know the pain you are feeling over this but my only hope is that justice is served on a cold platter for the monsters responsible for her murder, and that you, Alex and Barbara can have a small measure of peace in your broken souls. I am so touched by your amazing memorial page to Shirley, and I can see how she touched so many lives. I wish I could have known her. You two look so much alike it's eerie. Shirley is in God's arms and she is now your special angel. She will always be with you, so always watch for those little signs that tell you this. Shirley May (Souza) Reine's memory will live on forever. RIP big sister Shirley. xxoo

05-09-2012 10:11 AM -- By: Sharon Mills,  From: Omnibus  

Loretta, I am so sorry for your horrible loss.  She looks a lot like you. This page is a wonderful tribute.


05-09-2012 10:03 AM -- By: Cindy,  From:  

7 years and yet I still feel as if it was yesterday....Mother's Day Weekend....You were a dear friend and confidaunt to your chosen few, and yet you had many whom adored you. I smile on our memeories and I still giggle at the things we use to do. I miss you and will always cherish our friendship,

Miss you!


05-09-2012 9:12 AM -- By: Faith Ellis,  From: Mashpee, MA  

Awe Paiee, Shirley, you are missed. I think of you so often, when I walk by the picture I have of you on my bulletin board, when I drive by your house, when I remember the days I worked at Five-Star and laugh at the silly, fun times we had working and hanging out. I am thankful that I was one of the lucky ones to know you. I know that someday we will hang out again in a better place. Til then, we will comfort ourselves with the memories of you. XOXO 

01-15-2012 12:46 PM -- By: Loretta,  From: E Falmouth, MA  

My Dearest Shirley Girl,

Today marks my 51st Birthday. Wow…… 51!!!! I still consider myself fairly young lol.

Wow….51!!!! That was the age you were when you were ripped from his earth. You were too damn young Shirley!! We were supposed to grow old together, but someone else made a different choice for you, those dirty rotten bastards. My face book page was flooded this morning when I awoke. Overwhelmed with birthday wishes. I do hope birthday wishes do come true!, because my only wish is for justice to be served and that you finally rest in peace and those of us that you have left behind, find closure that we have been waiting many, many years for. I love you my Shirley girl and there are no words that have yet been created that I could write that would express my true feelings on how much I miss you.


12-28-2011 7:38 PM -- By: BEVERLY,  From: CAPE COD  


02-13-2011 10:01 PM -- By: Lynda Hughes Alpert,  From: Boston, MA  

My deepest sympathies to the Souza family.  My thoughts and prayers will be with you always.   May God bless you and shine his light brightly on you and dim it on those that took you from your family and friends.

Kind Regards,



08-08-2010 10:52 PM -- By: Loretta,  From: East Falmouth, MA  

Happy Birthday in Heaven, my Shirley Girl, Miss you so much that I physially feel sick!!!!!!

08-08-2010 10:06 PM -- By: Brenda,  From: Texas  

Thinking of you Shirley on your special day.  I am so sorry for the way you died.  No sin will go unpunished.  Rest in peace sweet lady.

05-14-2010 11:14 PM -- By: Wayne A. Costa Woodward,  From: Falmoth-Now Colorado  

Hello Loretta,

We went to school together. My old friend Susan Fish told me about this and it saddened me deeply.  I didn't know Shirley, however from what I see here, see was a beautiful woman inside and out.  I can't imagine why this was done. I am sincerely sorry for your loss. I haven't seen you in years, but I believe Falmouth People have a certain connection that can't be broken nor explained. I would like to leave you with this message from God;

Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid nor dismayed for the Lord, Thy God is with you, wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9

May God be with you and heal that hole in your heart,

Wayne Costa Woodward UCCR Class of 79.


05-09-2010 4:07 PM -- By: caroline,  From: fl  

 im so sorry for your lost... i bet she was the most wonderfulest person to you... im so sorry for your losss, god bless.

Love ,


05-09-2010 8:30 AM -- By: Loretta Gilfoy,  From: East Falmouth, MA  

Wish heaven had a phone, so I could hear you voice again. I thought of you today, but that's nothing new. I thought of you yesterday and days before that. I hear you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake for which I'll never part. God has you in his arms, I have you in my heart.

08/08/1953 - 05/09/2005

04-01-2010 11:43 AM -- By: Tom Clingan,  From: Massachusetts  

I only knew her sister Loretta, always with a smile and kind words. I'm sure knowing Loretta is a bit like knowing Shirley. May her soul rest in peace and the hearts of all who loved her be at peace.

08-08-2009 7:44 PM -- By: Terry Mclellan,  From: Orange County,Ca  

Dear Loretta and all of  Shirley's loved ones: I know Birthdays are difficult,we cherish those memories and special times!But like you were mentioning in the poems,She is in a better place! And time as we know it here on earth is short,so we will be with our precious shirley and tyson (my son)very soon! joining them in heaven!!God Bless You..Terry I hope you get to visit Ty's memorial,I am encouraged,to share with others,such as yourselves who are going thru the same emotions.even though the circumstances were different,the pain of missing them is the same!

08-08-2009 12:59 PM -- By: ,  From:  

 Happy Birthday Shirley,It is my wie Wanda"s birthday also,You and her would have liked each other,she too,loved animals,your Sister created a beautiful memorial for you,I wish we could celebrate your birthdays all together,but we will someday,Sincerely Kelvin

08-08-2009 11:21 AM -- By: Myra,  From:  

Loretta, My heart goes out to you for a peace filled day and loving memories of your beautiful sister.

Happy Birthday Angel Shirley


08-08-2009 10:01 AM -- By: Loretta,  From: E. Falmouth, MA  

It's another Birthday in Heaven, I know you're happy there

It just doesn't seem possible, time has gone by so fast

You're surrounded by those loved ones, who left you so long ago.

And you are watching over those you left, smiling down from above.

Another Birthday in Heaven, it doesn't feel right that this is so.

You should be here with family & friends, who all miss you so.

Time stands still when realization hits, you've gone on to a better place.

You're happy and free, but your presence here on Earth can never be replaced.

It's another Birthday in Heaven, With many more yet to come.

And though you're gone in body, your spirit will forever live on.


08-04-2009 9:53 AM -- By: Lisa Larkin,  From: Oklahoma  

Your sister sounds wonderful! I am so sorry for your loss and I know you must miss her terribly.

05-09-2009 10:34 AM -- By: Loretta,  From: E. Falmouth  

Today makes 4 years since you've been ripped out of my life.

4 Years of tears and 4 years waiting for justice has gone by.

Within the last 1,460 days, there hasn't been a day that my

heart hasn't ached for you.  I'm praying that somehow,

someone will get what they deserve, and you will rest in

peace and I can somehow manage to live my life, the way 

that you would want me too. I'm longing for that day, but to

be completely honest more so the day we meet again

I love you Shirley girl.


03-25-2009 7:53 PM -- By: Loretta,  From: E. Falmouth  

Shirl, I need your strength right now! Walk beside me always and push me, when I need it.


01-15-2009 12:59 AM -- By: Albert "Maurice" Butler,  From: Kingsport, TN  


what a beautiful memorial.  There are no words that I could say other than I'm so sorry for your lost.  I wasn't sure you were my neighbor I grew up with but now I'm sure.  Right now I'm shocked, and sadden.  This memorial brought back so  many memories of life on the cape.

To lose a sibling always seems unfair.  Like I told you in the email I sent, my mom passed away in September of 1999 from cancer.  All I can say is the pain never go's away when you love someone but just know that Shirley and my mom are in a much better place.

My prayer for you is that you recieve the peace that only God can give.  My favorite scripture is Romans 8:28.  I don't fully understand it at times but it gets me through tough times.

You guys are like sisters to me.

May the peace and comfort of God stay with you.

Your friend for life.


01-04-2009 11:25 PM -- By: Karyl Chastain Beal,  From: Columbia, Tennessee, USA  


I am so sorry that someone took your sister's life. It was a cruel, hateful thing to do. Your tribute to Shirely is beautiful.

Love and peace,
Karyl, mother of Arlyn, Darlin


01-04-2009 4:21 PM -- By: Cindy ,  From: Falmouth  

My heart has been broken. You will never be forgotten and I will mention your Name everyday to make sure of that. You walk with me just in Silence now, but my heart hears all that you say.....Thank you for all the years we were friends...

12-18-2008 3:57 PM -- By: susan fitzgerald,  From: pomc  

beautiful memorial

i share with you the agony of your grief

the anguish of your heart finds echo in my own

i know i cannot enter all you feel

nor bear with you the burden of your pain.

i can but offer what my love does give.

the strength of caring

the warmth of one who seeks to understand

the silent storm-swept barrenness of so great a loss.

this i do in quiet ways

that on your lonely path

you may not walk alone

           howard thurman


11-25-2008 8:32 PM -- By: Loretta,  From: East Falmouth, MA  

My Dearest Shirley,


I can’t believe that I haven’t written to you in soooooo long. I know you slip in now and then. I have felt your warm presence on many occasions .You always seem to come at the right times. Keep them coming, I absolutely love the feeling. AND as you must know there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you. Something always triggers a memory and thoughts of you come flooding into my heart. I miss you so friggin much that I can’t stand it sometimes.


I have come to the reality that without you I am not whole. Not being whole absolutely sucks, but I imagine I will never be whole, not until we are at peace with it all. Which could possibly be never, because no punishment in the world will ever be enough.  At times I get so damn angry, that I want to take things in my own hands. I have accepted the fact that you are not physically here, BUT when I think about how you left this earth I literally want to throw up on the world.


Please watch over things for me, because sometimes I feel that everything spins out of control and I don’t have the strength to fix it. Please keep Kathy and Bob close to you, they definitely could use an angel’s wing to lean on. Watch Alex from above and make sure that he heads in the right direction. He is lost at times and needs the guidance that you always gave him. Give him your hand and show him the way. He misses you so!!!


Gee Shirl, it’s funny how I always called on you in life to make things better and now I continue to call on you in spirit. You are my very own angel, that I am so lucky to have had during our journey together in life and now from up above

I love you Shirley Girl.

Rest in Peace my Big Sister.

Give Ma & Dad my love

and my love to all the animals that had given us that wonderful unconditional love that we always treasured


11-16-2008 9:46 PM -- By: Beverly Myers Bailey,  From: Cape Cod Ma.  


What a beautiful memorial you have created for your sister.    I feel as if I have met her now.   Thank you for sharing her with me.  

Beverly Myers Bailey


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