Shirley Purcell, 1931-2021


Shirley J. Purcell, 90, of La Porte, Ind., passed away Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at Miller’s Health and Rehabilitation, La Porte.

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

A lifelong resident of the area, Shirley was a glue machine operator for American Rubber until her retirement in 1994 after 33 years of service. Baptized in the Lutheran faith, Shirley attended Bethany Lutheran Church in La Porte for many years. She was an avid reader and a great cook whose specialty was goulash. Shirley and her husband, Edward, enjoyed traveling by car to places such as 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.

On Oct. 2, 1948, in La Porte, Shirley married Edward F. Purcell, who preceded her in death Jan. 5, 2003.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Gerald Schoof; and two sisters, Marjorie Zych and Sharon Butler.

Shirley is survived by her two sons, Michael (Deborah) Purcell of La Porte and James (Bonnie) Purcell of La Porte; brother, Danny (Anne) Schoof of Bradenton, Fla.; two sisters, Nancy (John) Wegiel of La Porte and Mary (Gene) Smith of La Porte; 5 grandchildren, Brian (Dana) Purcell, Kim (Jeremy) Blake, Shonna (Troy) Platz, Jillianne (Justin) Stratton and Allison (Josh) Murphy; and 7 great-grandchildren, Courtney, Zachary, Cynee, Ashton, Trent, Cadence, and Aubrey.

The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, La Porte, on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. A celebration of Shirley’s life will take place at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Bob Vale officiating. Interment will follow at Patton Cemetery, La Porte.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, P.O. Box 1045, Michigan City, Ind. 46361.

6 Responses to “Shirley Purcell, 1931-2021”

  1. rhonda

    Oct 12. 2021

    Shirley was a bright spot at Brentwood. When you would walk by her she would say hi honey with the biggest smile and always willing to stop for a lil chit chat. She will be missed.

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  2. Jeff Bernel

    Oct 12. 2021

    I had the privilege of working with Shirley at American Rubber. She always had a ready smile and a kind word to share with everyone who was fortunate to meet with her. Shirley was a long time and hard and smart working member of the American Rubber family.

    Please accept my condolences for the loss of such a wonderful person. I am sure she will be missed by many of her family and friends.

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  3. Jacque and Wally Brath

    Oct 12. 2021

    She was the sweetest lady ever. I just loved seeing her and her sister out and about shopping. Our husband’s served on the police department for many years.. You were very blessed to have had such a sweet lady as your mom.

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  4. Eric L Wooding

    Oct 13. 2021

    Shirley will live in my memory and I will certainly miss chatting with her and hearing her laugh when something tickled her….and that was often. ‘Thank you for allowing us to share her albeit for too short a time.
    Heaven is lovelier with her spirit there. May your memories and shared moments with her and each other comfort you all. Every time you miss her or think “oh, I wish Shirley was here”, be thankful that you had for as long as you did in the good health she enjoyed for most of that time. I am sure she’s been given a perfect spot in Glory to spend eternity. We miss you Shirley.

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  5. Jackie

    Oct 13. 2021

    Shirley will be missed at Brentwood. She was such a sweet lady.

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  6. Mary Hucksted

    Oct 15. 2021

    Shirley was such a sweet lady! I’m glad I had the privilege of knowing her when she used to come for her dental visits. She always used to say, “ do the best you can with em honey “ meaning her teeth. They were never as bad as she thought. That made me laugh. Condolences to the family , I’m sure she’ll be greatly missed

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