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Shirley White, age 77, of Sycamore, IL, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by the love and prayers of her family following a fierce and brave battle with cancer, August 15, 2019.
She was born December 30, 1941 in Aurora to proud parents, Frank and Cecilia (Medernach) Probst.
Her early years began in Sugar Grove before moving to the family farm in Virgil and graduated from Kaneland High School with the class of 1960.
Shirley was married early in life, but their paths diverged which led her to the love of her life, Paul White. Their families were farmers and neighbors but it wasnâ€™t until a midnight bowling banquet brought them together for the first time. The ten pins of Paulâ€™s heart never stood a chance and they were united in marriage at Paulâ€™s home on February 13, 1988. Their two families became one that day and 31 years of memories followed. They made a new home in Sycamore in 2012.
Shirley worked for Diamond Wire in Sycamore for a time before working at Campana in Batavia until they closed. She concluded her career by working for the State of Illinois as a legal secretary for the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission for twenty years. She retired in 2005.
She was secretary for several bowling leagues over the years.
Shirley “had her shoes tied” and was raring to go as soon as Paul came home from work. They loved spending time at their trailer High Tide in Leland, IL. Seven years of memories were made at Sun Life Resorts in Mesa, AZ, but thousands more were made during their cruises to the Caribbean Islands and Hawaii to name a few. Paul and Shirley also tried their luck at Las Vegas and many other casinos and took in the vistas at the Bad Lands and other points of interest in the lower 48. Shirley left Paul behind and the “threesome” (Shirley and her sisters) made their way to other casinos, marking their path with unbridled laughter along the way. They shopped up a storm most times and had just as much fun when she came back the next day to return what she bought. When she was in Arizona, Shirley kept her hands busy with crafts but she quilted anywhere. Shirley stitched blankets for family, friends and even a few family pets as well. She participated in organizing block parties and celebrations, they all came natural to Shirley and Paul as they were entertainers at heart. Puzzle books kept her mind busy but in her younger years before cancer stole her ability, Shirley was an accomplished bowler and even won several awards! But a perfect score wasnâ€™t her only goal. The ultimate goal was spending time with her family, sharing her heart and home and giving freely of her love and kindness.
She is survived by her loving husband, Paul White; two sons: Tom Vierig and James (Cristina) Vierig; three step-children: Bill (Debbie) White, Marge (Harvey Russell) White and Dan (Karen) White; two grandchildren: Justine (Julian Brown) Vierig and Heather Vierig; six step-grandchildren: Damien, Kelsy, Johnathan, Mikey and Nick White as well as Dan (Allyson) White Jr.; one great-grandson, Kayden; two step-great-grandsons: Braxton and Cohen; three siblings: Ken (Pat) Probst, Doris (Lee) Gilkey and Mary Lou (Vic) Reidl; one sister-in-law, Judy (Mick) Yagen; two brother-in-laws, John (Mary Lou) White Jr. and Bob (Ella) White and a family of friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Ceil Probst and her brother LeRoy (Judy) Probst.
Visitation will be from 4-7:30 p.m., Monday, August 19, 2019, with a prayer service to close visitation at S.S. Peter and Paul Parish Hall in Virgil, IL. Additional visitation will be from 9-10 a.m., followed by Mass at 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, next door to the hall in Virgil. Interment will follow at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Shirleyâ€™s name to benefit cancer research. Checks may be made to the “Shirley White Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address, the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com.
Additional visitation will be from 9-10 a.m., followed by Mass at 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, next door to the hall in Virgil.
Visitation will be from 4-7:30 p.m., Monday, August 19, 2019, with a prayer service to close visitation at S.S. Peter and Paul Parish Hall in Virgil, IL.
Interment will follow at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.