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Shirley L. (Silvers) Lynas

Born: Mon., Apr. 4, 1932
Died: Sun., Mar. 22, 2020


Graveside Service

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 28, 2020
Location: Mount Plesant Cemtery


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  Shirley L. Lynas, 87 of South Bend passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Wedgewood Pines Assisted Living in South Bend following an extended illness.

  Shirley was born in Mishawaka on April 4, 1932, to the late Harry C. and Agnes M. (Ouelette) Silvers.

On May 29, 1949 in South Bend she married Robert G. Lynas.  Robert passed away on October 25, 2009.  

 Shirley is survived by her daughter, Kathryn (Philip) Plaia of Vandalia, MI, grandson Tony Plaia, two great-granddaughters, Ava and Madelyn Plaia of Frederick, MD and her sister-in-law Marilyn Hiles of New Carlisle. Shirley is also survived by a special “daughter” Jan Lanchweerdt of Mishawaka. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Johnson of North Liberty and Doris Wilcox of Florida.

 She retired from South Bend Controls in 1992. Shirley loved painting and was a very artistic person. She had a true love for her family, shopping and helping the “underdog”. She had a true gift of hospitality, always ready to add an extra potato to the pot if unexpected company showed up.

 The family would like to thank Primrose Retirement Community, Wedgewood Pines Assisted Living and Comfort Hospice for all their love and care over the last years.

 Memorial contributions can be made in Shirley’s honor to First Brethren Church, 4909 South Ironwood Drive, South Bend, IN 46614 or Comfort Hospice, 129 South Dixie Way Ste B, South Bend, IN 46637.

There will be a private graveside service at Mount Pleasant Cemetery with Pastor Fred Youngen, officiating at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 28, 2020, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The HANLEY and Sons Funeral Home handled arrangements and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to Shirley’s family and friends.

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Anthony Mattucci
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Kathy, Phil, and family. I’m sorry about the loss of your mom, mother in law, and grandmother. Kathy, I can recall meeting your mom when I bumped into you two while you were shopping at Meijer on Portage a few years back. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to your family.

Susan Toth
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved your mom, and how hard these last few months have been. I’m praying for you to be at peace. Love you, Susan

Dawn French
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Kathy, Phil, and Family....I’m so sorry to read about your mom. I’ve known her all of my life. I know the heartache of the loss of that special person...mom. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Be safe and stay well. Please keep my e mail, and contact me when you are able. 😢❤️

Ken Kobek
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
Kathy and Phil. my heartfelt condolences go out to you both, and your family. I will surely miss the one-of-a-kind Shirley, a truly kind person.

Joe Dits
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
Dear Kathy and Phil,
Thank you for sharing your delightful, spunky and sharply dressed Mom with my mom, Anna Maria, and our family. I enjoyed her drive and the times when she offered a positive outlook no matter what. These things will never be forgotten. And I enjoyed your companionship on our collective journeys at the house. We don't take these difficult steps alone. I'm thinking of you all every day. And praying for you. Peace be with you.
--Joe Dits

Rick Foust
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
Kathy and family,
So sorry to read that Shirley has left us. What memories that I have of Shirley and Bob. From driving a well at their trailer in Michigan, to all the fun we had at the lake and St. Joseph River, to our snowmobiling in South Bend and Michigan. God Bless you and your family.

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