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Shirley Marie Sydow
1942 - 2021
Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory
247 W. Johnson Road
LaPorte, IN

Shirley Marie Sydow, 79, of Michigan City passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at 4:58 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in her home.

She was born May 15, 1942, to Charles Becht and Nellie Mildred (Smith) Thorndyke.

Shirley was employed as a Paraprofessional for Michigan City Area Schools' Special Education Department. She enjoyed her work as a job coach for special needs children. Shirley was a member of Lakeview Christian Center in Michigan City. She loved attending her grandchildren's sporting events and vacationing in Florida. Shirley always had a way of making people laugh with her unique sayings, such as "warsh your clothes" "and that there."

On Aug. 5, 1961, in La Porte, she married Eugene Chester Sydow, who preceded her in death on April 19, 2015.

Also preceding in death were her parents; son, Tim Sydow; and grandparents, William and Fannie Smith.

Surviving are her three children, Karen (Kenneth) Woodruff, Juli (John) Chappell and Michael Sydow, all of Michigan City; brother, William (Nancy) Thorndyke of Monroe City, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Nicole (Brett) Parry, Kim (Brant) Schmid, Gabby Chappell, Zak Chappell, Samantha Chappell, Kelsi Sydow, Kaylee (Seth) Brinsfield, Kimberlyn Jankowski and Kylee Jankowski; eight great-grandchildren with one on the way, Maddy, Mason, Lyla, Lilly, Bridgette, Olivia, Paisley, Landen and Lornalyn on the way; and close friend, Sue Arvay.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at Lakeview Christian Center, 1704 County Line Rd., Michigan City, with Pastor Lorne Hodum officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church. Burial will take place at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City. Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, 219-362-3100, is caring for the arrangements.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family, which will be gifted to the special education program at Michigan City High School.

Published by La Porte County Herald-Dispatch on Dec. 2, 2021.
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Nice lady. Shirley always was friendly and had a smile on her face. My sympathy to the family.
Richard Lenard
December 4, 2021
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