Shirley Schelfo began each day of her life with the anticipation of spreading her sunshine and love to other people.
She was blessed with unbounded love and desire to help others, said her daughter, Theresa Duemler.
Shirley Yvonne Schelfo, 77, of Crown Point, died Aug. 18.
She earned a bachelor's degree in business from Indiana University Northwest at the age of 49 and operated Shirley Schelfo Tax Service for 26 years.
As the broker of Schelfo Realty, Schelfo bought and sold homes for her children, passed along her tax expertise to one son and allowed another to live in and care for her Florida property.
She also "brought up and adopted a grandchild who she loved as her own," Duemler proudly said.
Schelfo always helped her parents and took her mother in after she suffered a stroke, Duemler said.
With her own serious illness, Schelfo continued to bestow love and joy to her husband of 56 years, Joseph (deceased).
Even through the rigors of treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Schelfo continued helping others, including her tax clients.
"She never asked for help" throughout her life, Duemler said with admiration.
The impact Schelfo had on her family left many loved ones with words of praise.
“She shared love from her family to her clients," Daniel Schelfo said of his mother.
A grandson, David Duemler, said he could always feel "Nanie's" love through her warm embrace; grandson Andrew Holeman agreed that his greatest comfort came when being held in her arms.
“I loved Grandma with all my heart,” echoed granddaughters Marie and Mariel Schelfo.
Perhaps Jaclyn Duemler summed up her grandmother best: "Everything she touched she made more beautiful."