Shirley was born in Vegreville, Alberta to parents Catherine and Alex Wynnychuk, she passed away peacefully in Stettler, Alberta at the age of 85 years.
After graduating from the University of Alberta, Shirley happily taught language and social studies in junior high school. This career lasted for 28 years, taking her to Spruce Grove, Vegreville, Innisfree, Ponoka, Killam, Ardrossan, Blackfalds, Hairy Hill, Two Hills, and Stettler.
She loved to learn, and travelling was one way she achieved this, with trips to several countries in Europe, the U.S.A., Mexico, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia were some of the highlights. Shirley was admired for her skills as a wonderful seamstress and her beautiful smile.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 62 years Harvey Kassian of Stettler; brothers and sisters in law: Marvin (Mary) Kassian, Dennis (Doris) Kassian, Sharon Kassian (Bill Novasky), Marlene Kassian, and Eric Kassian; Shirley’s nephew Harvey (MaryAnn) Weleschuk and their family; numerous Kassian nieces and nephews, other family, and many dear friends and neighbours.
Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at Vegreville Riverside Cemetery in the spring of 2024. Donations in Shirley’s memory are gratefully accepted to Hope Mission, Box 953, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2L8.