Shirley Basler

Shirley Basler

Shirley Basler, 79, of Cobden, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. 

She was born on Feb. 24, 1939, in Anna, the daughter of James and Stella Ruth Claxton Campbell. 

She married Roy “Sonny” Basler Jr. in December of 1962 in Cobden at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Shirley is survived by her husband of almost 56 years, Roy “Sonny” Basler of Cobden;  a daughter, Pam (James) Barr of Cobden; a son, Todd Basler and friend Susan of Anna; four grandchildren, Adam and Ryan Barr, Clayton and Kaylee Basler; a brother, Donald (Toni) Campbell of Cobden; a sister, Judy (Jerry) Smith of Lebanon; other relatives and many friends. 

Shirley graduated from Cobden High School in the class of 1957. She attended beauty school and worked as a beautician for several years. She later worked at Rural Health for 18 years before retiring. 

Shirley touched many people with her smile and helpfulness. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden and the Daughters of American Revolution. 

Shirley and Sonny loved to travel and go camping together. She will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her. 

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden, with Father Uriel Salamanca officiating. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Cobden. 

Prayer services were at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden was in charge of arrangements.

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