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Shirley A. (Wendel) Slabaugh

June 29, 1935 ~ September 12, 2015 (age 80) 80 Years Old

   Shirley Slabaugh, 80, of South Bend, IN passed away Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 9:15 p.m. at Morning View Nursing and Rehabilitation. Shirley was born on June 29, 1935 in Mishawaka, IN to the late Fred Wendel, Sr. and Elvera (Lollman) Wendel. On April 24, 1959, in Osceola, IN Shirley married Bill E. Slabaugh, who preceded her in death on April 3, 2004.

   Shirley is survived by daughters, Lynn M. Grate of South Bend, IN; Jean A. (Steven) Taylor of Bethesda, MD; and Joan E. (Eric) Etter of Munster, IN; three grandchildren, James Taylor and Eric and Elaina Etter; sisters, Lois (Patrick) Haynes of Dallas, TX; Suzanne Clever of Washington Township, NJ and Audrey Jack of Dallas, TX, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and her husband, Shirley was preceded in death by sisters, Patricia Swanson, Doris Huber, Mary Wolfe, Barbara Mitchell; and brothers, Fred Jr., Daniel, James, Robert and Jerald Wendel. 

   Shirley was a member of the first graduating class at St. Joseph High School in South Bend. She was employed by Time Realty as a secretary for 10 years and enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and was very creative. Shirley was always making something. 

   Services for Shirley will be held at Palmer Funeral Home - Hickey Chapel; 17131 Cleveland Road; South Bend, IN at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 19. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, September 18 between 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka, IN.

   Contributions in memory of Shirley Slabaugh may be made to Alzheimer and Dementia Services; 922 E Colfax Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

 Service Information

September 18, 2015

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Palmer Funeral Home - North Liberty Chapel
202 N. Main St.
North Liberty, IN 46554

Funeral Service
September 19, 2015

10:00 AM
Palmer Funeral Home - North Liberty Chapel
202 N. Main St.
North Liberty, IN 46554

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