Shirley Jean Bensel
Shirley Jean Bensel
  • July 10, 1929 - November 5, 2017
  • Peoria, Illinois

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Shirley J. Bensel, age 88, of Peoria, passed away Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at 10:50 p.m. at her daughter’s residence in Lawrence, KS.

She was born July 10, 1929 in Peoria to John and Clara (Runk) Buchen. They preceded her in death along with best friend and companion, Merle Stomberg.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Haar of Lawrence, KS, two grandchildren: Angela Haar of Lexington, KY, Aaron (Megan Kepler) Haar of Chico, CA, two great-grandchildren, and Shirley’s beloved dog, Molly.

Shirley first worked for F.W. Woolworth in Peoria from 1954 until its closing in 1982. She then worked at the Kroger’s in East Peoria until her retirement in 1993.

Shirley enjoyed music and was known for her great sense of humor. She also had a great love of animals.

Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Wiley Cemetery near Ellisville, IL.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, Peoria Humane Society, or the Lutheran Hillside Village Benevolent Fund.

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