Willie Halene Shundich
Willie Halene Shundich
  • October 24, 1922 - July 8, 2017
  • Indiana

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Willie Halene (Harden) Merritt Gamblin Shundich, 94, of Newburgh, Indiana, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Hamilton Pointe. She was born October 24, 1922, in Providence, Kentucky to the late J. Bryan and Amanda (Tally) Harden.

Halene spent her early childhood in Michigan. She moved back to Kentucky at age 10 where she stayed through high school. Halene was married to Robert Merritt in 1938. After giving birth to her son, Enoch, she became a homemaker. Halene then worked in a variety of jobs, with her final position being with McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis. She retired and moved to Florida with her husband in 1977. Her granddaughter, Kim moved her back to Indiana in 2012 to be closer to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Merritt, second husband, Lester Gamblin, Sr., and third husband, Pete Shundich, son, Enoch "Roger" Merritt and daughter-in-law, Janet and sister, Inez "Sissy" Rogers.

She is survived by granddaughter, Kim Hayden (Robbie) of Haubstadt, IN; great grandchildren, Jordan and Kasey Julian; sister, Dolores Smith of Ft. Myers, FL; brother, Joseph Hardin of St. Louis, MO; and nieces and nephews.

A Prayer Service will be held at 12:00 PM Friday, July 14, 2017, at Alexander North Chapel, with burial in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit Friday from 10:00 AM until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Children's Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNorthChapel.com.