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Shirley Mae Hager services Wednesday

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Shirley Mae Hager, age 85 of Michigan City, Ind., formerly of Chesterton, passed away Friday, June 1, 2012 at 12:33 p.m. at Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Michigan City.

She was born January 17, 1927 in Michigan City, Ind., to the late Thomas and Ellen (Erickson) Smith.

In 1947 she married Orland "Pete" Slagley who preceded her in death.

In 1973 she married Robert Hager, retired master chief in the U.S. Navy. She was married 25 years to Robert who also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Sherry (Sam) Pezzuto of Michigan City and Jan Thomas of North Judson, Ind.; two step-daughters, Dottie King and Joni Sanders, both of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; two step-sons, Robert S. (Kimberly) Hager of Valparaiso, and Marshall (Jana) Hager of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; brother, Thomas (Jill) Smith of LaPorte, Ind.; six grandchildren, Christian Pezzuto of Chicago, Ill., Brett (Angela) Pezzuto of Chicago, Ill., Melissa Shaia of Huntington Beach, Calif., Laura Shaia of Indianapolis, Ind., Adam Hager of Valparaiso, and Amanda (Jonathan) Ziegert of Philadelphia, Penn.; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Smith.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Shirley avidly read and volunteered at Barker Woods Enrichment Center and St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in the 1950's and 1960's. She loved gardening, animals and was a devoted and loving mother and wife.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 818 Franklin St., Michigan City, Ind., with Rev. Mark Reshan officiating. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Ind. and 10:00 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 818 Franklin St., Michigan City, IN, 46360 or to Queen of All Saints Catholic Church, 606 So. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, IN, 46360.

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Posted 6/4/2012