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Lorelei M. Shay

Obituary for Lorelei M. Shay

December 4, 1928 - November 4, 2018
McHenry, Illinois | Age 89

Loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother


Lorelei M. Shay, age 89, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2018, in McHenry. She was born in Chicago on December 4, 1928, the daughter of Conrad and Dolores (Merten) Meilicke.
Lorelei was a graduate of Stephens College for Women (Missouri). She was an Interior Designer, Artist, Professional Fashion Model, Display Designer (Carson Pirie Scott-State Street) and an accomplished Pianist. She married her high school sweetheart, William Shay, on October 15, 1949. Lorelei had two daughters, Constance and Courtney. As a long-time resident of Wilmette, she was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Church and volunteer at the school. She was also an active member of St. Patrick's Church and Holy Apostles Church in McHenry. She was an avid volunteer for many charitable organizations. Lorelei and her husband spent many wonderful years at their second home in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. Family was very important to her and she will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her daughters, Constance Shay-Hadley, Courtney (Robert) Campe; grandchildren: Mary (Jorge) Reyes, Constance Kathleen Campe, Kathryn Shay (Patrick) Brown, Elizabeth Shay Hadley; great-grandchildren: Connor, Katherine, Shay, Colin, and Kyle.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Conrad and Dolores Meilicke, husband, William Shay and her brother, Ronald Meilicke.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Dr., McHenry. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10:00am, at Church of Holy Apostles, 5211 Bull Valley Rd., McHenry. Internment Family and friends will meet at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 12:30pm for burial.

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