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DEGENSTEIN, Shirley Lorraine

August 19, 1940 – Regina, Saskatchewan
June 22, 2018 – Okotoks, Alberta

With great sadness, the family of Shirley Lorraine Degenstein announces her peaceful passing on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Foothills Country Hospice at the age of 77 years.

She was born and raised in Regina, SK with her two sisters and her parents. She later met and married her first husband, Roy McDonald, and they raised their two boys first in Winnipeg and then settled in Calgary. Shirley met and then married the love of her life, Peter, in 1986. Together they enjoyed travelling, the casinos and thoroughbred racing and were always the life of the party. They also made many great memories as long-time members of the Calgary Stampede Race Committee as they volunteered for a sport they shared a great passion for. Shirley enjoyed decorating especially for Christmas and entertaining for family and friends. She truly appreciated a great meal and a frosty beer in a fancy glass! Shirley took great pleasure in putting her organizational skills to use whenever she had the opportunity or invitation and many family members and friends were the happy recipients of a re-arranged bedroom, an alphabetized spice cupboard or an overhauled filing cabinet. She was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it.

Shirley is survived by her son Cameron McDonald (Cathy); her four step-children, Karen Ballantyne, Debbie Degenstein (Keith), Candace Degenstein and Peter Degenstein (Lisa); seven grandchildren, Robyn Charleston, Kimberley Degenstein, Michael Degenstein, Jessica Degenstein (Noah), Nicole Degenstein (Brayden), Jansen Degenstein and Levi Peterson; and Gigi’s great-grandson Arlo Bellavance; her sister Elaine Kivell; her niece Karen Kivell; her two nephews Troy Mock and Michael Mock; as well as other cherished family members. She will be greatly missed by her cousin Bob with whom she shared a very special bond.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband Peter Wendel Degenstein; her son Robin Wade McDonald; her step-son Keith William Degenstein; and her sister Sandra Lee Normand.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email or the Foothills Country Hospice Society, P.O. Box 274, Okotoks, AB, T1S 1S1, Telephone: (403) 995-4673, Condolences may be forwarded through

The family wishes to acknowledge the quality care and support she received over many years at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre as well as most recently from the caring and compassionate staff at the Foothills Country Hospice. Shirley was in good hands.

In living memory of Shirley Degenstein, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Judy Tkatchuk

    To Shirley’s Family
    Thinking of you at this difficult time, sorry for your loss
    She’s no longer in our life to share, she will be sadly missed
    Over the years she worked with me in my business
    Spending the day making perogies and enjoying a beer
    Short car trips,a casino outing or just out for dinner or
    A barbecue at my house, living in the same complex we
    saw each other often, there will certainly be a void in my life
    Rest In Peace my friend

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