Jyllian Shoor

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother, Jyllian Shoor, on August 22, 2022. She passed, peacefully, at her home with her devoted children, Chase and Nicole Wickersham, by her side. 

She is survived by her mother, Adrienne Shoor, of Bloomfield, Connecticut, along with her sister, Susan Malizola, of Pinellas Park, Florida. She will be dearly missed by her precious granddaughter and best buddy, Grace Frances. She will also be greatly missed by her nieces and nephew, Carolyn Grady, Julie Feldman and Jeremy Malizola, along with many lifelong friends and cherished colleagues. 

Born on December 24, 1957, Jyllian grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, and she graduated high school at Kingswood Oxford. She continued on to graduate from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology. She has been a longstanding member of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1982. Jyllian was a graduate of the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy and she spent time as a Justice of the Peace. The entirety of her 40 year career was spent in service of others.  

Along with being an advocate for people with disabilities, Jyllian was a champion of all animals and of the environment. She was a respected elder in the LGBTQ+ community and a lifelong activist for equality. Jyllian was quite accomplished, but if you asked her she would tell you her greatest role was that of mother, bubbie, and loyal friend— we could not agree more. 

Jyllian’s kindness, passion, and humor will be felt every day in the hearts of those whose lives she touched. We will think of Jyllian every time we savor a delicious vegan meal, dance to the Grateful Dead, notice a monarch butterfly flutter past, light the Shabbos candles or marvel at the moon. We will feel her energy every time we hear someone in the distance with a joyful, bellowing laugh, every time we kindly but directly advocate for ourselves, and every time we stand up for those who may not be able to do so for themselves. We have an opportunity to honor Jyllian every time we choose kindness, inclusion, gratitude and peace. We pray that as our hearts slowly heal we may embody the grace, strength, and joy that this extraordinary human being showed every day of her life. We love you Jyllian; you belong among the wildflowers.

Services will be held in private. In lieu of flowers please consider helping us to honor Jyllian’s legacy by making a donation to PETA on her behalf, a charity near and dear to her heart.


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  1. Roberta Hodson on September 9, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks for letting me know more about your beloved mother

  2. Cindy Trifone on September 9, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Dearest Chase and Niki and Grace. How my heart aches for you all. Jyll is gone way too soon and way too fast. As you mourn and grieve and remember, you have a tribe of people doing so with you and holding you up. You are never alone. The gaping hole her absence leaves can never be truly filled. But it will eventually heal with the memories and the love she has for each of you and the signs you will experience. She will come to each of you in a way that you will recognize and it will bring great comfort. For you are never truly alone. She will always be near. It doesn’t replace her physical presence but will provide a measure of healing each time you experience it. I love you all so very much and will always be here for you in any way I can. Be kind and gentle to yourselves as you navigate a different life without her. RIP Jyll. My love to you all

  3. Laura Rosenspan on September 10, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Dear Niki and Chase,
    I am so sorry and a bit shocked to hear of your Mom’s passing.
    She and I shared a cherished time in our lives as young Moms. I will always remember the fun times we had, the laughs (‘til we pee’d), the serious talks, the shared experiences, and the play-dates watching you kids.
    I wish you both a continued wonderful life and I miss our connection.

  4. John weltman on September 11, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Oh Chase and Niki, I am beside myself. I don’t think I even realized she was so Ill. Such a wonderful neighbor and friend for many years and we kept in touch over the years and I loved hearing how she was doing from time to time but I guess I let too much time pass. I remember you all so well and so fondly from our seven years next door and I will miss her terribly. This is a very sad shock. Please know I am thinking of her and will be delighted to send donations to peta

    Let me know if there is anything I can do.

  5. Marc Cohen on October 6, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Wow I’m so sorry to read this
    She told me the end was near but I had no idea she passed. My deepest condolences
    May time help you deal with this void in all your lives. 😢

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