Shirley Eleanor Christell, 99, of Forest Park, died peacefully on Sept. 13, 2022 at Central Baptist Village in Norridge, where she most recently lived. Her husband Jack died in 2015, after they’d been married 69 years.

Shirley loved spending time with family and friends, whether in small gatherings or those that overflowed into their beautiful yard in Forest Park. She also enjoyed birding, gardening, sewing, knitting, crocheting, basket-weaving, and baking/cooking (she could throw a party in 15 minutes when any guest dropped by). Shirley and Jack enjoyed traveling — from camping, to taking ship and riverboat cruises, to attending Elderhostels, and visiting family and friends throughout the United States.

She cherished as a foundation her connection to church, which expanded to volunteer work with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in leading the Daytimers group as well as starting a knitting group creating prayer shawls. She and her husband also worked at the Lutheran Center/ELCA Headquarters in Chicago, and her love of reading and research led her to volunteer at the Forest Park Public Library, where she served as president of the Friends of the Library Board.

An accomplished singer, she sang in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s choir as well as the local singing group, The Trebelaires. She also found expression through music by playing piano, organ, and accordion.

Shirley is survived by Lance (Carol), Roy (Terry), and Valerie (Suzanne); four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph St., Oak Park, IL 60302.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Central Baptist Village (4747 N. Canfield Ave., Norridge, IL 60706), Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, or plant a tree in her honor through the National Forest Foundation’s initiative https://www.nationalforests.org/tree-planting-programs.

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