Sheila Engele, formerly known as Sheila Kelly, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at the age of 87. She was the devoted wife of Murray, and together they built a beautiful life filled with love and family. Sheila grew up in Pilger and attended St. Ursuline’s Academy for high school, graduating in 1954. She further pursued her passion for music at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Regina, specializing in piano performance. Later on, she gained certification from Teachers College in Saskatoon.
In 1958, Sheila and Murray tied the knot and were blessed with six children. The family settled in Prince Albert in 1973. Sheila was not only a loving mother and wife but also a dedicated piano teacher. Her love for music was evident in her interactions with her own children, as well as her seven grandchildren. Additionally, she worked as a special education assistant in Prince Albert. Sheila had a remarkable ability to form deep connections with people, whether they were friends, family members, or even strangers, always displaying immense love and attentiveness. Her family, her faith, and her rich Irish and German heritage brought her great happiness. She cherished her role as a grandmother, selflessly giving, guiding, and living her life with utmost devotion.
One of her fondest memories was the cherished times spent at Wakaw Lake during Christmas visits and family gatherings with her six Kelly cousins, Uncle John, and Auntie Rita. Sheila battled and survived breast cancer, a true testament to her strength. In 2007, she and Murray relocated to Saskatoon, where they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2018. Following Murray’s passing in 2019, Sheila moved to St. Volodymyr Villa. She deeply appreciated the support and care she received from friends during this time, as well as the exceptional care from the staff at Royal University Hospital and St. Volodymyr’s.
Sheila was preceded in death by her beloved husband Murray, their daughter Kathy (1976), her parents Veronica and James, her brothers Jimmy and John (Rita), her sister Eileen (John), Murray’s parents Salome and Richard, and his sister Mary-Ann. She is survived by Eileen (Tim), Stacey (Jason), Taylor (Kris), Ruth, Carmen (Ron), Laura, Grace, Emily, Maggie, Jim (Sharyl), and Jim’s children Holland and Anais. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, November 3, 2023, at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon. Following the ceremony, Sheila will be laid to rest at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Royal University Hospital Foundation, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of personal choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Ashley Knash-Mourning Glory Funeral Services. To share memories or offer condolences, please visit http://www.mourningglory.caEternal. May Sheila find eternal rest and may perpetual light shine upon her.
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