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KLUKAS, Shirley Jean (nee Conner)

June 27, 1952 – Fort Macleod, Alberta
July 7, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our beloved wife, mother and grandmother Shirley Klukas who passed peacefully on July 7, 2017 after many health battles.

Shirley was born in Fort Macleod, AB and grew up on her parents’ farm learning to love animals and nature. She would often be found reading under a tree on the farm during her spare time. She moved to Calgary in 1971 and it was there that she met her lifelong love Walter and they married April 29, 1972. Shirley was an artist and expressed her talents in paintings, quilts, handmade jewelry and many more mediums. Most of all, Shirley loved and cherished her family.

Shirley will be greatly missed by her husband of 45 years Walter; her daughter Ann Jessome with her family Ed, Colby and Kayden; and son Don Klukas with his family Dianna, Ty and Luke as well as her mother Allie Conner and siblings, Lorraine (Loney), Denzil (Susan), Kevin (Sherrill), Peggy (Kelly), Ron (Laurie), Jay (Corinne) and Jodie (Budd) and numerous extended family members. She was predeceased by her father Roy Conner.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Shirley’s honour may be made to the Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455, www.calgaryhumane.ca. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Foothills Hospital in Unit 36 and extend an extra special thank-you to Dr. Michael Kroetsch for his excellent care and compassion over the past few years.

In living memory of Shirley Klukas, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Heather Gillis :

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Shirley was such a kind hearted lady and her love for her family was so evident. We feel fortunate to have known her and we cherish the beautiful handmade treasures she generously shared with our children. Our thoughts are with you Ann, Walter and your family at this difficult time. May all the wonderful memories together help comfort you . Big hugs Colby and Kayden.
    Much love,
    Heather, Ty, Alyssa and Parker

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  2. Vernon Tulsie :

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom. We will be sending lots of love and prayers to your entire family.

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  3. Tony and Kay Barcellos :

    Dear Walter and family
    I am so sorry for your loss
    I met Shirley through Jennifer and thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with her she was a great lady

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  4. Bill & Joyce Miller :

    Walter and family, we were so saddened to learn of Shirley’s passing. You have our deepest sympathy and love. We will continue to pray for you and your family.

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  5. Jay & Corinne Conner :

    Walt, Ann & D J,

    You are in our thoughts & prayers!
    Let memories of all the good times help you through this difficult time.
    We will see you Friday!
    With all out Love

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  6. Walter and family..Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time..Shirley always had a smile on her face…She was a special gem in our Wellton family…

    Al and Gwen Brown

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  7. Vern and Mary Friesen :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Walt. We are so sorry to hear about your loss .

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  8. Paul and Luane Simpson :

    Walter and family,
    We were saddened to learn of Shirley’s passing. She was a wonderfully kind and gentle woman and we enjoyed our time with her. We will always think of her fondly.
    Paul and Lu Simpson

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  9. Brian Moukperian (SAIT) :

    Walter; Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

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  10. Schmaltz & Upton Family :

    Walter, Ann, Don & Family,

    Our hearts broke with the news of Shirley’s passing.
    Our thoughts are with you and yours during this difficult time.
    All our love,
    Rick, Ashley, Ashlee & Brittney

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  11. Don and Audrey Hutchison :

    We are thinking of you all today at this sad time. Our prayers are with you, Don and your family. Moms are one of God’s special blessings. Love Don and Audrey❤️

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  12. We’re sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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  13. Audrey & Bob Peace :

    Walter our sincere condolences to you and your Family. This is so sad for everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. She was a great lady always had that big smile and up beat no matter what. Thinking of you!!!

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  14. Karin and Horst Labait :

    Karin and Horst from Germany Dear Walter we are very sorry to hear about Shirley hope she Rest in peace. We will be thinking about you and your family and wich you all the best. Take care Karin and Horst Labait

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  15. Bib & Rosemary McLeod :

    We are so very saddened by Shirley’s passing and the great loss to Walter and her family. Special condolences to friends Ann, Ed, Colby and Kaden. There are no words for how much this lovely loving lady will be missed

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  16. Mike Alcock :

    Walter and Family
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will remember the good times that we had together.

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  17. Kert and Brandi Engele :

    Sorry to hear if your loss…. our thoughts and prayers are with you and you family.

    Brandi and Kert Engele

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  18. Christina Zabala :

    Walter and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Shirley was a wonderful lady and full of smiles. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

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  19. Darren and Irene Munnich :

    Walter, Ann, DJ and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

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  20. Our deepest sympathy to your family with the loss of Shirley. Also I want to express sympathy to Auntie Allie and all of Shirley’s siblings.
    Our thoughts are with you all
    Gwen(nee Kobus) and Eddie Vanee

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  21. Doug, Debbie & Jordyn Doi :

    Walter and Family,

    We were so saddened hear about the loss of Shirley. She was an incredible person who always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say. We will miss her terribly however we will always remember the good times we had with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you all during this difficult time.

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  22. Tamara Jones :

    Donnie – We are so saddened to hear of the passing of your Mum. Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to you.

    Blessings, Tamara and Steve Jones

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  23. Brenda Peake :

    Aunty Allie, Walter and family… I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Shirley. I remember so many fun times playing together as children. My sympathies to all of you. Brenda Schmale Peake

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