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Shirley Purcell

March 10, 1931 — October 10, 2021

La Porte

Shirley Purcell

Shirley J. Purcell

March 10, 1931-October 10, 2021

Shirley J. Purcell, 90, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Miller's Health and Rehab in La Porte, IN.

She was born March 10, 1931 in La Porte, Indiana, the daughter of Garhart Schoof and Frances (Seeger) Schoof.

On October 2, 1948, in La Porte, IN, Shirley married Edward F. Purcell, who preceded her in death January 5, 2003. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother Gerald Schoof and two sisters, Marjorie Zych and Sharon Butler.

Shirley is survived by her two sons, Michael (Deborah) Purcell of La Porte, IN, James (Bonnie) Purcell of La Porte, IN; brother, Danny (Anne) Schoof of Bradenton, FL; two sisters, Nancy (John) Wegiel of La Porte, IN, Mary (Gene) Smith of La Porte, IN; 5 grandchildren, Brian (Dana) Purcell, Kim (Jeremy) Blake, Shonna (Troy) Platz, Jillianne (Justin) Stratton, Allison (Josh) Murphy; 8 great-grandchildren, Courtney, Zachary, Cynee, Ashton, Trent, Cadence, Aubrey and Sarah..

A lifelong resident of the area, Shirley was a glue machine operator for American Rubber, where she retired in 1994 after 33 years. Baptized in the Lutheran faith, Shirley attended Bethany Lutheran in La Porte for many years. She was an avid reader and a great cook, whose specialty was goulash. Shirley and her late husband, Edward, enjoyed traveling by car to places like Nashville and Disney World in Orlando.  Probably her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren, taking them shopping and hosting them for special occasions like Christmas and Easter.

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.  A Celebration of Shirley's life will take place at the funeral home at 11:00, with Pastor Bob Vale, officiating.  Interment will follow at the Patton Cemetery, LaPorte, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, PO Box 1045, Michigan City, IN 46361.

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