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Shirley M (Bragalone) Smith
September 17, 1941 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Shirley M. Smith (Bragalone) age 82 of Blue Island, passed away on January 16, 2024. She was the beloved wife and best friend for over 57 years of Warren E. Smith and dear mother of Andrea. She also leaves behind brother Victor Bragalone, close cousins Janice Iverson and Sandra Plutz, as well as many other cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
A self-proclaimed “Italian American Princess,” Shirley will be remembered for her quick wit, playful and sarcastic sense of humor, intelligence, vivid imagination, generosity, and kindness. She showed her incredible strength in dealing with life’s challenges and was someone who always stayed true to her values and convictions. She was very loyal and supportive to those she loved.
Shirley loved making a home for her family, reading mystery novels, going out to eat and sharing good food with others, baking, exercising with her pals at the Alsip Park District and spending time with family and friends. She was a lifelong learner and taught herself to cook, sew, knit, and garden. In her younger days, she enjoyed dancing and going to live performances. She was very involved in her daughter’s school and extracurricular activities.
Over the years she worked as an executive assistant, underwriter and administrative assistant for various companies and had many lasting friendships with her colleagues.
"Shirley jokes" always made her laugh. One of her favorites was “Surely you’re kidding. I’m not kidding, and don’t call me Shirley!” As her friends at Acme Steel said in a poem they wrote for her when she left the job, “Shirley, you will surely be missed.”
There will be no funeral services at this time, however you are encouraged to share your remembrances in the comments section and “Eat something!” in Shirley’s memory.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Michael J. Fox Foundation and/or the American Cancer Society.