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Shirley Berniece French

June 21, 1937 — February 5, 2020

Shirley Berniece French, 82, of La Porte, passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Hamilton Communities.

Shirley was born in Hastings, MI, on June 21, 1937 to Kenneth James and BernieceWinifred (Chapman) Adams.

In 1956, she married Edward Farley, who preceded her in death.   In 1982, Shirley married Robert G. French, who preceded her in death. Surviving are her children, Joan ("Greg") Powell of La Porte, Debbie (Jerry) Marciniak of Valparaiso, Edward (Maureen) Farley of Lake Station, Ken Farley of Cedar Lake, and Bob (Heather) French of Valparaiso; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Joann Boyer of Battle Creek, MI and Laura Diaz of Battle Creek, MI; sister-in-law, Nancy Adams of Hastings, MI, brother-in-laws, Tom Farley of Lake of Four Seasons, and George French of Calumet City, IL; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; brother, Chuck Adams; sister-in-law, Loretta Kulczyk and brother-in-law, Jack Farley.

Shirley was a homemaker. She enjoyed vacations, especially cruises, and camping.  Most importantly, Shirley enjoyed spending time with her family.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Cremation will take place after the gathering.  Burial will take place privately at Oakland Memory Lanes Cemetery, Dolton, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Shirley to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

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La Porte, IN 46350

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