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SEMRAU, Shirley June “Shirl” (nee Unrath)

November 10, 1935 – October 17, 2018

Shirl, beloved wife of the late Clarence Semrau, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the age of 82.

Shirl grew up on the family farm in Golden Prairie, SK. At a community sports day, she met the handsome, young baseball player who would become the love of her life. Shirl and Clarence were married on March 16, 1957. Their married life took them on adventures away from the Hilda area farm where they began, and to Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Calgary. Shirl loved teaching school but she left her career behind after she had her two daughters. She then spent many years teaching high school Sunday School and women’s Bible Studies. Her knowledge of the Bible, God-given wisdom, and compassion for people made her an amazing leader. Shirl also enjoyed golfing, baking, reading, playing card games with friends, and being a snowbird in Arizona.

Shirl is survived by her two daughters, Tammara Cross and her husband Dave, and Maureen Moody and her husband Craig, their children, Michelle and Bennett. Shirl will be missed by her two sisters, Inez Henry and Delores McRae.

Shirl was predeceased by her husband, Clarence in February, 2018.

A service celebrating Shirl’s life will be held at Grace Baptist Church (2670 Radcliffe Drive S.E., Calgary, AB) on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the church. Condolences may be forwarded through The family is thankful to Dr. Lewis and the FMC Unit 46 staff that provided compassionate care during Shirl’s last week. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Mustard Seed, 102 – 11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5 Telephone: (403) 269-1319,

In living memory of Shirl Semrau, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Vivian Lautermilch

    I am sorry I cannot attend the service for Shirl. I pray God will comfort as you mourn the loss of your dear mom.

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  2. Merl & Lynn Riemer

    We’re sorry that we’ll be unable to attend Shirl’s celebration of life service but our thoughts & prayers will be with you. We have made a memorial donation to The Mustard Seed on her behalf.

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  3. Betty (Ohlhauser)Lang

    So many fond memories of your Mom, Shirley, and my condolences to both of you, Maureen and Tammara.

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