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Obituary: Shirley Anne Cook

November 21, 1949 – March 5, 2022

information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Shirley Anne CookShirley Anne Cook, nee VanDerWal, age 72 of Dyer, IN left this earth peacefully on Saturday, March 5, 2022, to be with her Lord and Savior. She was preceded in death by her grandmother Jenny Molenhouse, her father Kenneth VanDerWal, and her husband Dan Cook (divorced). Shirley was a retired bookkeeper for DeYoung & Sons Furniture. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved spending time with her family. She leaves behind her daughter Richele (Jeff) Wright, and her son Robert Cook. Her three beautiful grandkids Nicholas (Angela) Wright, Stephanie (Brandon) Marlatt and Zachary (Ashley) Wright. Also, six precious great-grandchildren Weston, Emerson, Elliot, Graham, Deacon, and Delaney. She was a devoted daughter of Mary Jane Winter, nee VanDerWal. Dear sister of Ken (Marilou) VanDerWal and Judy (Dave) DeGraff. Sister-in-law of Richard (Nancy) Cook and Doris (Dan) Ruiter.

A celebration of life service will take place at a later date. In memory of Shirley, memorial contributions may be given to Bethshan Association (Tibstra House) 271 E. 161st Street, South Holland, IL 60473. For further information, please contact 219-322-7300 or visit our online obituary and guestbook at

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