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Highland, IN – Shirley Marlene Legler, 82, of Lowell, IN formally of Highland IN, passed away peacefully
on March 4 th surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with oral cancer.
She was born in Gary, IN to the late Harlon and Lueanna Hamilton. At age 5 her family moved from East
Chicago to Black Oak where she grew up and graduated from Calumet High School in 1955. While
attending high school she met the love of her life Charles (Chuck) Henry Legler and they were married
on October 1, 1955. Shortly thereafter they started their family in Griffith IN and then moved to
Highland IN in 1960.
Shirley was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Griffith IN. She was a devoted wife,
caring mother, dedicated housewife and Avon Lady in the latter years of her life. She was an avid
baseball fan and extremely loyal to the Chicago Cubs. She was thrilled to experience the joy of the 2016
season and their World Series victory. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family and
friends just reminiscing about the old times and life’s experiences. Shirley was an exceptional listener
and always instilled kindness, peace and compassion into every aspect of her life.
Shirley and her family are grateful for the extraordinary care provided by the leadership and staff at the
Cedar Creek Health Center in Lowell IN where she spent the last three plus years of her life. Their care
and compassion along with the cherished friendships she experienced made the last three years very
special to her and the family.
She is survived by her two children, Danny (Danielle) Legler and Larry (Sara) Legler. She loved her
grandchildren Adam (Lisa) Legler, Lauren (Adam) Hill, Samantha (Isaac) Legler and her first great
grandchild Finley Elizabeth Hill. Survivors also include her many cherished aunt’s, cousins, nieces,
nephews and dedicated friends who sent her many cards and visited her regularly. Shirley was
preceded in death by her brother Jeroy Hamilton, her parents Harlon and Lueanna Hamilton and
husband Chuck Legler.
Visitation will be on Thursday March 7 at the Hillside Funeral Home in Highland IN from 4 – 7 pm. A
funeral service will be held on Friday March 8 at 10 am at the United Methodist Church in Crown Point,
IN, Pastor Mark Wilkins officiating, burial to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, IN. In lieu of flowers, donations to the
National Hospice Foundation would be appreciated. To sign Shirley’s online guestbook visit: hillsidefhcares.com
For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Kevin Nordyke by calling us at 219-838-0800, or visiting us at www.hillsidefhcares.com