Shirley Angela Duane

December 13, 1927November 12, 2019

Shirley Angela Duane, daughter of Angelo L. and Elfrieda M. Chelini, was born December 13, 1927 in St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, IL, and passed away November 12, 2019 in Geneva, IL.

She is survived by her two sisters Carol (Ron) Glomski and Lois (Sam) DeSanto and her beloved children, James (Jane) Valere, Jeanette (Joe) Hakey, Kathryn (Tom) Anderson, and Mary Teresa Duane; 9 grandchildren, James & Laura Valere, Dwayne Hakey, Sara (Joshua) Johnke, Jennifer Hakey, Heather (Ty) Nelson, Erica (Christopher) Heider, Jonathan & Amanda Anderson; and 14 great grandkids. She loved her nieces and nephews, her cousins and their children, and cherished her friends.

Shirley devoted her life to her children and held jobs including a homemaker, admin., catering and was a talent ed seamstress who could sew anything from clothing to custom draperies & upholstery. After graduating from E.T.H.S. in Evanston, she married and lived for a time in Key West and Panama. She admired ingenuity, our military personnel, right-action, self-discipline, and ‘smart dressers’. In mar riage she gained 3 surnames (Valere, Humpley, Duane) and had 5 children, one stillborn.

Shirley was genuine, a seeker; she loved nature’s precision and wildness; compassionate toward those with no voice and not least, an engaging storyteller. Her zest for life was evidenced by many varied interests and creative skills. She enjoyed gardening, music, archery, bowling, other cultures, intrigue novels, and the wind in her hair – by ship, flight lessons, or charming her way into one last motorcycle ride in her mid-eighties. She held fast to her values & faith in God despite life’s obstacles and dogma. She liked a good laugh, all things bright and colorful, and would visit Lake Michigan to feed her soul.

Those close in her life received her loyalty, confidence, affection, wicked humor; big shoulders, rolled up sleeves; and could count on her ‘2 cents worth’ of opinion along with prayers for your protection. She will be greatly missed.

Service/internment for family and friends will be in the Chapel of Peace at Memorial Park Cemetery at 1:00 Friday, December 13. 9900 Grosse Pointe Rd, Skokie, 60076. Visit for service information.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to: National Park Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Native American Veterans Assistance (NAVA), ASPCA.


  • Chapel Service

    Friday, December 13, 2019


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Joyce Goldenstern

December 1, 2019

Dear Shirley,

I remember your visits to Mary at Tudor Commons where I also lived for awhile. Once we sat down to eat together one of Mary's St. Patrick Day's meals (so good). I remember your verve and spirited conversation. Your interest in life, in the garden, and in handiwork and your perfectionism will continue to live on through Mary, who is a dear friend to me and Tina and was your devoted caretaker and your gift to many of us, some of whom you may not know or remember very well. May you find Peace of Mind in the wide expanse of eternity.