Shirley D. Spindler

January 25, 1936 - February 06, 2020

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Saturday, February 15, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Harlan United Methodist Church


Saturday, February 15, 3:00 PM
Harlan United Methodist Church


Shirley D. Spindler, 84, of Harlan died Thursday, February 6, 2020, at her residence.

She was born January 25, 1936, in Fort Wayne to Charles and Geraldine (Gorrell) Hertig.

On November 5, 1955, in Harlan she married Jerry L. Spindler. He survives in Harlan.

Mrs. Spindler taught school for 22 years at Harlan and Woodburn.

She was a member of the Harlan United Methodist Church, where she served as the food pantry director for 29 years.

Shirley was active in her church where she started Kid’s Club and Stephen Ministry. She also served as a hospice volunteer. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and knitting and knitted hats for preemie infants at Parkview Hospital. She also enjoyed collecting, buying, and selling antiques and caring for her garden and flowers.

Also surviving are two sons, Jerry L. (Rose) Spindler, II of Harlan and Brent (Janet) Spindler of Monroeville; four grandchildren, Chelsea (Jason) Bridge, Jason (Jess) Spindler, Casey (Mark) Linn, and Allie (Joseph) Stubbe; six great-grandchildren, Owen Bridge, Aubrey Bridge, Cole Bridge, Giuliana Linn, Noah Linn, and Charlotte Linn; and three brothers, Donald (Marquita) Hertig of Harlan, David (Jeanne) Hertig of Fort Wayne, and Steven (Sue) Hertig of Antwerp, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by a son and daughter-in-law, Kent and Shawn Spindler.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 3 p.m. at the Harlan United Methodist Church with Pastor Catherine Koziatek officiating. Private burial will be Saturday morning at the Harlan Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church.

Preferred memorials are to the Harlan United Methodist Church or Parkview Hospice.

Young Family Funeral Home, Hudson-Ashley Chapel, 612 North Main Street, Hudson is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Bill & Kay Munger
February 15th, 2020 2:00pm
Geneva, IN

We should all strive to be the servant and witness of love she exemplified. Time separated the moments we shared years ago but can not take the memories. Prayers of support to Jerry and all that eagerly await the reunion to come.

Stan Gerig
February 14th, 2020 9:29pm
New Haven

She was a gem..... She was my teacher at Woodburn Elementary in the mid 70's. . Recently ran into her and she remembered me. Prayers to the whole family.

Tom & Mary Lou Crandall
February 14th, 2020 5:41pm
The Villages Florida

Oh so sorry we couldn't be there n so sorry to hear if Shirleys passing. What a beautiful n caring lady. She will truly be missed by her cousin. Hugs to family.

Mark and Rosalie Day
February 13th, 2020 8:17pm
South Bend, Indiana

Our heart felt prayers are with you and your entire family at this time. CYH, CYL

Shelley Clark
February 13th, 2020 9:36am

Shirley was one of my very first clients. As the years continued we became close friends. She was a great confident and listener. I miss her tremendously. Many thoughts and prayers to you Jerry and family.

Joanna & Chris (Spindler) Johnson
February 12th, 2020 8:35pm
Denver, Colorado

Chris and I will miss Shirley tremendously and will never forget her. She was a fine lady and a wonderful Aunt. Our thoughts and sympathies to Jerry, as well as the many family & friends who loved her.

Connie and John Benjamin
February 11th, 2020 5:59pm
Harlan and Ormond Beach FL

Shirley was the true definition of Grace and Kindness. She will be greatly missed by all whose life she touched..

Mike and Jo Downey
February 10th, 2020 12:41am

All our thoughts and prayers be with your family

Dave and Patty
February 9th, 2020 10:19pm

Such a sweet,sweet lady.Always a smile on her face.Going to miss seeing her at church,prayers out to the family.

Barbie Schlegel
February 9th, 2020 8:23pm
Brushy Prairie

My deepest sympathy to Jerry and family. So sorry for your loss.

Jan Griggs
February 9th, 2020 7:52pm
Fort Wayne

I am so sorry for your loss.shirley was a wonderful lady and a good friend to me.prayers for Jerry and the family for peace and strength

Becky Million
February 9th, 2020 7:37pm
Ft Wayne

Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I am sure she will be greatly missed by family and friends

Catherine Koziatek
February 9th, 2020 2:18am
Harlan IN

Prayers and hugs abounding. The anchor holds!