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Sunday September 11th, 2022
11:30am - 2:30pm

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Shirley Mae Sell

Shirley Mae Sell, née Trainor

Shirley Sell, age 88, of Chicago, IL and former longtime resident of Harwood Heights, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

Beloved wife of Albert (passed July 11, 2020) for sixty-five years. Loving mother of Sherry (Bob) Auld, Brian (Barbara) Sell and Nancy Sell. Cherished grandmother of Megan and Erik Auld, Madeline (John) Holecek and Michael Sell, and Kelly and Caitlin Cullerton.

Shirley had an easy laugh and wonderful sense of humor. There was always a twinkle in those blue eyes. She was the life of the party and loved to sing and dance the night away. A terrific cook, Shirley always made everyday meals something special. Her strong work ethic and sharp business skills moved Shirley, together with her husband Al, to launch Kleen-Rite Inc., a successful carpet cleaning business, which they ran for over fifty years. Shirley and Al enjoyed summer adventures out on their boat, “The Getaway”, docked in Diversey Harbor.

A Celebration of Life Open House will be held for both Shirley and Al together on Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 11:30 to 2:30 at Sweet & Tart Restaurant, 110 S. Prospect Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068.

The inurnment of their ashes will take place on Monday, September 12, 2022 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery for veterans at 20953 W. Hoff Rd., Elwood, IL at 2:30 pm.

The family requests those who wish to express sympathy, to consider making a tribute donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation, www.Parkinson.org or plant memorial trees in Shirley's honor.

Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options of Schiller Park, IL

Make a donation to Parkinson's Foundation in honor of Shirley Mae Sell


I have fond memories of Al and Shirley. A dedicated and hard working couple. I always remember my years working for Kleen-Rite, the boat. yacht club parties, Lions club and the pool.
My thoughts and prayers to Sherri, Brian and Nancy.

Bob Michal Sep 11 2022 11:34 AM

We are so sorry about the passing of your mother.
We have some really good memories of both of your parents.
Shirley had a great sense of humor,and fun to be around her. For some reason every time her name came up I could envision a pink flocked Christmas tree. Is that still around?
We hope that you and your family find peace knowing that your mom and dad are together again

Pat and TERRIE Moore Sep 9 2022 1:31 PM

Blessings to all of you at this difficult time. Keep your memories close.

Cathy Cangelosi Aug 30 2022 3:55 PM

Long ago, on a snow covered night, Mike and I were invited to spend an evening at Al and Shirley’s. Sherry had invited us. I remember leopard patterns and lots of laughter. Over the years we were included in various gatherings with Al and Shirley in attendance. If I close my eyes, I can still hear Al’s gravelly voice and Shirley’s distinguished laugh. May their spirits live on forever.

Eileen Balcom-Vetillo Aug 23 2022 5:21 PM