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Shirley Haberkorn

Shirley Haberkorn

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CHATSWORTH - Shirley A. Haberkorn, 81, a resident of Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City, formerly of Chatsworth, died at 6:30 p.m. Friday (May 15, 2009) at the home.

Her funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church, with the Rev. R. David Reynolds officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the church, and one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Chatsworth United Methodist Church, American Lung Association or to a charity of the donor's choice. Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Haberkorn was born March 6, 1928, on the family farm in rural Chatsworth, a daughter of Earl and Esther Harms Hoelscher. She attended local schools and graduated from Chatsworth Township High School, class of 1946, where she was class valedictorian. She married James Haberkorn, Oct. 18, 1950, at St. Mary's Rectory in Pontiac. He survives.

Also surviving are one brother, Delmar (Mary Ann) Hoelscher of Chatsworth; two sisters-in-law, Rochelle Hoelscher of Chatsworth, and Dolores Wagner of Rensselaer, Ind.; three brothers-in-law, Jerome Haberkorn of Albuquerque, N.M., Wayne (Karen) Haberkorn of Mundelein, and Alan (Denise) Haberkorn of Fairbury; 14 nieces; nine nephews; and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Earl Hoelscher Jr. and William Hoelscher; one sister, Pearl "Polly" Fellers; and three brothers-in-law, Alfred "Boots" Fellers, William Haberkorn Jr., and Russell Wagner.

Mrs. Haberkorn was a bookkeeper for the former Baldwin, then the former Culkin Hardware Store starting in 1946. She and her husband bought the store in 1974 and ran it until 1994. She continued as bookkeeper for the new owner, Moore Hardware, until finally retiring in 2006.

She enjoyed working word puzzles, listening to music, reading, and animals. She especially loved her many feline friends.

She was active in the Chatsworth Community Choir for many years.

She was a very active member of the Chatsworth United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for over 60 years and was a former director of the church choir.

The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City and Passages Hospice for all their loving care.

She will be greatly missed by her family and by all who knew and loved her.

This obituary may be viewed, and private condolences sent online at: www.martin-burkefuneralhome.com.

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