Food Culinary 13

Shirley Ann Waterloo

December 18, 1930 ~ October 7, 2022 (age 91)


Shirley Ann Waterloo, age 91, of Burr Ridge, formerly a long-time resident of Hinsdale, died peacefully at home on October 7, 2022, leaving this world with the grace and dignity that distinguished her life.

Married to the late Peter “Quinn” Waterloo for 65 years, she often said the best thing she ever did was to have eight children. Seven survive her: Claudia Waterloo (Jeff) Tornquist, Tim (Sara), Dan (Kathleen), Tom (Cathy DDS), Meg (Frank DDS) Shaw, Peter (Jon Taylor), Paul (Kimberly); also, 20 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Nora (Walt) Persons, her parents Marie and Joe Jacobs, brother Leonard (Barbara) Jacobs, and sister Dolores (Chuck) Lengyel.

Shirley was a perpetual optimist, affirmed and esteemed by her husband Quinn. She maintained a positive attitude, seeking the good in people and appreciating even the simple things in life.

Shirley’s culinary skill was legendary. She said herself she never saw a recipe she didn’t read. A featured cooking columnist in the Hinsdale Doings, she also gave cooking lessons from her home.

As a young mother, her daughter Nora asked Shirley for help navigating the dinner hour. This inspired the 1988 edition of "Shirley’s Kitchen Aid, A Month of Family Favorites and Company Fare." Shirley was responsible for the “cook” part, Nora for the “book” part.

Shirley shared with Quinn a love of hosting meals as a way to bring all sorts of different people together.  Their tour de force: Shirley’s Christmas Eves, serving 50 guests sumptuous holiday fare created at home in her kitchen.

Born Dec. 18, 1930, in Chicago, she attended St. Aloysius Catholic School and the Josephinum Academy. She studied two years at Mundelein College, paying her own way working summers in a secretarial post.

Once her youngest child reached junior high, Shirley returned to the work force. She employed her love of beauty as a retail clerk for Lord & Taylor, then founded a venture, Art Consultants Inc., matching local artists with corporate art collections. She retired from Morgan Stanley Wealth Management where in a late-life career she partnered with her husband as a financial advisor.

An active volunteer, Shirley tutored English to recent immigrants, admitted patients to Cook County Hospital, and served as a docent at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Shirley cultivated friendships with the abundant energy that defined her every activity. She was greatly loved and will be sorely missed.

A memorial will be held Saturday, November 12, 2022.  A visitation at 9:30 am; service at 10:30 am at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 South Madison Street, Willowbrook, IL 60527.

In Shirley’s memory the family requests donations in lieu of flowers to:

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Loyola University Chicago—Gift Processing
P.O. Box 4336
Carol Stream, IL 60122-4336 

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November 12, 2022

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL 60527
7000 S Madison St.
Willowbrook, Illinois 60527

Memorial Service
November 12, 2022

10:30 AM
7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL 60527
7000 S Madison St.
Willowbrook, Illinois 60527

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