Lake View Funeral Home & Lake View Memorial Gardens

5000 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL


Shirley Mae Barbe

August 18, 1932November 2, 2019

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS- Shirley Mae (nee Vitale) Barbe, 87, of Fairview Heights, IL, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Shirley was born Augusts 18, 1932 to Frank “Chick” and Juanita (Buster) Vitale. She married Robert Lee Barbe; he preceded her in death in 1979.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Stephen S. Barbe; and step-father, Harrison Branning.

She is survived by her sons, Michael (Jan) Barbe of Los Alamos, NM and Eric (Angie) Barbe of Fairview Heights, IL; grandchildren, Brooke (Brian) Capell of Millstadt, IL, Bobbie Jo (Macy) Wierschem of Belleville, IL and Robert (Carrie) Barbe of Belleville, IL; and nine great-grandchildren, Hailey Lanterman, Amelia Barbe, Sarah Barbe, Nicholas Bunetic, Caiden Capell, Brooklynn Barbe, Callie Capell, Paisley Barbe and Everleigh Barbe; and brother-in-law, Michael Pat Barbe and sister-in-law, Anna Mae (Homer) Cluck.

Shirley worked for 30 years in the jewelry business at several stores, including Jacquards Jewelry and Zales. She enjoyed dancing and spending time with her dear friends. Her chocolate pies and ooey gooey butter cakes were her specialties for all the holidays. She cherished the time she was able to spend with her family. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Memorial donations may be made to an education fund for her great-grandchildren.

VISITATION: A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 12:00 P.M.- 1:00 P.M. at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, IL.

SERVICE: A memorial service will be held following the visitation, at 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home. An inurnment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


  • Education Fund for Great-Grandchildren


  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 8, 2019


Shirley Mae Barbe

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Pat Hamilton

November 6, 2019

Our sympathy to your family. Thankful we got together this past summer for dinner. We reminisced about how close she was to my mother-in-law, Dee Hamilton and all of the good times the two of them had going dancing. Upward and onward beautiful lady!
With deepest sympathy,
Dave and Pat Hamilton

Kathy Barbe-Foster

November 5, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the family. Shirley was a sweet, loving person and will be sadly missed.

Kimberly Niederer

November 5, 2019

She was such a loving and caring woman and was the definition of "lady". One of the best of a generation of women that survived so much and did it with style and grace.

She will be missed.... and remembered for being so wonderful and those pies!