Shirley Marie Chmelar

December 30, 1940 - November 16, 2020

Shirley Marie Chmelar passed away peacefully at home on November 16, 2020 in St. Charles.  She was born on December 30, 1940 in Harvey to George and Margaret (nee Dunlop) Armond. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Chmeler on June 1, 1963 in Homewood at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Shirley will be remembered for her work ethic. She always put 100 percent of herself into her work. She was an integral part helping build the family business, AC Precision Tool, taking up multiple roles in the process. She also held a full- time job at Eagle Foods and during this all, she raised two sons and kept the home together. In addition, she was an essential part of raising her granddaughter, Jamie Chmelar, spending valued time together which helped shape Jamie into the remarkable young woman she is today. During her retirement, she embraced the yard, taking care of the grass, trees, and landscaping. If you ever needed to find her, check the yard first. She was fiercely independent, living and caring for herself all the way until her passing.

Shirley is survived by her son David (Christine) Chmelar, three granddaughters: Jamie (Mike) Love, Paige Chmelar, and Addison Chmelar, and her sister Pat (The late Fred) Fischer.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Kenneth, her brother George, and her son James.

Visitation will be held at Moss Family Funeral Home 100 South 3rd St. St. Charles on Friday November 20, 2020 at 9:00 AM. A funeral service will begin promptly at 11 AM. Interment will occur at Whitney Cemetery in Campton Hills.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions of occupancy, the visitation will be limited. All visitors entering the funeral home are required to wear a face covering.  Be prepared to wait outside if occupancy becomes an issue. Due to the number of people who would like to pay their respects, we ask that you make your visitation a brief one. The family appreciates your sincere cooperation and understanding during these very challenging and difficult times. The family wishes to express that they take no issue with choosing to stay home.

Arrangements by Moss Family Funeral Home – St. Charles 630-584-2000 or

Guest Book

  • Debbie (Fischer) Sihweil David & Jamie, I am so sorry. Aunt Shirley will be missed. I have so many fond memories. My Heart Breaks for you. Love to you all!
  • Sue (Fischer) Cusick Aunt Shirley will be deeply missed. So many fond memories growing up and family get togethers. My sisters (Christine, Debbie and Michelle) and my mom (Pat) loved going with Shirley to our Sunday plays at Drury Lane. It was our special time together. Rest In Peace Aunt Shirley.
  • The Chriscoe Family I am so sorry for the loss of Aunt Shirley. She was a great person, and will truly be missed. Our hearts go out to the family and we are thinking of all of you at this time. Love, Becky (Fearing), Danny, Ellie, and Audrey
  • Michelle Mattingly Our sincerest condolences David. We all loved aunt Shirley and have very fond memories of her. She was a wonderful lady and I know I’ll always remember her. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.