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Arlene Shinabarger, age 93, of Greenville, passed away Sunday evening, October 21, 2012 at Spectrum Health-United Hospital Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Greenville. One of eight children born to Wilbur & Emma (Vroman) Wineland, she was born on April 28, 1919 in Middleton, where she grew up on the family farm and earned her high school diploma .

On August 5, 1936, in LaGrange, Indiana, she married DeGoldie E. Shinabarger and together they enjoyed nearly 60 years of marriage and raised two children, in addition to working as her husband’s business partner in several ventures including the Turk Lake Bar, Shinabarger Dodge Sales & Service, and the Reno Bar. She enjoyed fishing (always putting on her red lipstick for good luck when ice fishing), gardening, sewing, and cooking. Arlene was a volunteer Gray Lady at the former United Memorial Hospital as well as a cub scout leader with Pack 3130.

She was preceded in death by her husband, DeGoldie Shinabarger on January 6, 1996; their son, Robert Edward Shinabarger on July 17, 2010; a daughter-in-law, Deb Dedo-Shinbarger on Jan. 2, 2009; four sisters, Thelma Wineland, Neva Wineland, Velma Coryell, and Margaret Marcey; and a brother, Lyle Ray Wineland.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda “Shinny” Shinabarger of Greenville; a daughter-in-law, Jean Shinabarger of Paw Paw; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Edward & Stacey Shinabarger of Portage, and Joy Ellen Shinabarger of San Antonio, Texas; a great granddaughter, Adele Charlotte Shinabarger of Portage; two sisters, Doris Helfer of Sandy, Utah, and Dorothy Giles-Hromadka of Naples, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The Rev. Kenneth Harger, retired pastor of Shiloh Community Church, will officiate and burial will follow at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

Instead of flowers, Arlene would have appreciated contributions in her memory to either the Spectrum Health Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association, or the charity of ones’ choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Arlene’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.ChristiansenCares.com

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  1. Anonymous on October 21, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Guestbook

    10/26/2012 –

    Ron & Mary Brimmer

    Linda & Family,
    We just wanted to offer our condolences to you and your family for the loss of your mother. We are so very sorry.


    10/26/2012 –

    Jim & Marie Jorgensen

    Shinny, so sorry for you loss. Thinking of you, knowing that you did your best in caring for your Mom. We know that you will miss her. Our deepest sympathy. Jim & Marie


    10/25/2012 –

    Tara Rickle

    Shinny, our thoughts are with you and your family as you celebrate your moms life and say goodbye for now. I did not know you mom personally but I know she was a wonderful lady. We are all here for you if you need anything please let us know. Much love to you and all of your family.


    10/25/2012 –

    LARRY ANSTETT

    Shinny,
    Sorry to hear about your mother. May she rest in peace.


    10/24/2012 –

    Don & Tera Wineland

    Aunt Arlene was a wonderful person and she will be greatly missed.
    We always enjoyed our visits with her on our trips back to Michigan.
    Our prayers for all of her family
    Don & Tera Wineland


    10/24/2012 –

    Neal Swigert

    A very warm, caring, and considerate soul who will surely be missed by all who knew her. A surrogate matriarch to an entire neighborhood, Baker Road will never be the same. My thoughts and condolences to all her family, friends and loved ones.


    10/23/2012 –

    Clark Kent

    Linda, sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. God Bless. Clark


    10/23/2012 –

    Deborah Mason

    Shinny, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. God Bless!!! ;)


    10/23/2012 –

    Jerry Hurd

    Arline, and her family has been close neighbors for over 36 years, and what a great family!!! I miss the ones that have passed, and cherrish the one left! My thoughts are with you Linda!!!


    10/23/2012 –

    Vickie Harris

    Shinny, my sincere condolences.

    Fondly,
    Vickie Harris


    10/23/2012 –

    John Nelson

    Linda,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you are doing well.


    10/22/2012 –

    Pam Jorgensen Nichols

    Dear Shinny,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You were so wonderful with her–caring and affectionate. She was happy with you taking care of her. What a gigantic loss. We Jorgensens are thinking of you!
    xoxo


    10/22/2012 –

    VERA

    LINDA, JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU HOW SORRY I AM OF HEARING OF YOUR MOMS PASSING, I KNOW SHE WAS A BIG PART OF YOUR LIFE YOU TOOK CARE OF HER ALL YOUR LIFE.YOU TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.


    10/22/2012 –

    Dale and Diane Heether

    Linda I am so sorry to read about the death of your mother. She was such a big part of your life as you were hers. I know you have lots of memories and let that help you through this tough time. You were so involved with your mom care for years ,your going to find it hard to figure out what to do. I remember you being with her when she was at Long Term Care when Dales Mom was there and I saw you everytime I was there with my mother-in-law. you were a good daughter to her as well as a caregiver. I feel so bad for you I don’t know what else to say other than sorry for your loss.


    10/22/2012 –

    GLENDA WING

    When you review could you change the spelling of my name I see i added a L where it should not have been Thank you Glenda Wing


    10/22/2012 –

    Glenda Wling

    LINDA So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I am glad you had her for 93 years. that is a blessing in it self. With my sincere sympathy Glenda Wing


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