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Sister Shirley Lehovich, also known as Sister St. Hedwig, passed away on July 16, 2023, in Pembroke, Ontario, at the age of 66. Sister Shirley will be deeply missed by her Religious Community, her brother Terry (Margaret), her sister Marian, as well as her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Florence (Glofcheskie), and her brothers, David and Joseph Jr. Born on August 19, 1938, in Pembroke, Sister Shirley joined the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception on September 11, 1957, and took her final vows on August 10, 1962.

Sister Shirley initially worked as a Medical Record Librarian at the Pembroke General Hospital and later became the Chief Record Librarian, a position she held for seven years. In 1967, she moved to the Sault General Hospital, where she continued to serve as the Chief Record Librarian. However, in 1969, she felt called to a career change and transitioned into Social Work, dedicating eighteen years to the Out-Patient Psychiatric Department (Community Counselling Services) at the Pembroke General Hospital.

In 1987, Sister Shirley relocated to the Diocese of Prince George in British Columbia, where she served in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling, facilitated the RCIA Program, and established a Women’s Prayer Group, devoting her time and energy to these roles for nine years. Continuing her ministry in British Columbia, she moved to Sacred Heart Parish in Whitehorse and later became the Pastoral Administrator of St. Joseph’s Mission in Atlin in 2003. During her retirement years, Sister Shirley resided in Pembroke, where she actively assisted in various Community Services for the G.S.I.C. She lived her final years peacefully at Shalom Residence in Pembroke.

A Funeral Liturgy in memory of Sister Shirley Lehovich will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, located at 280 Lourdesview Drive in Pembroke, Ontario. Following the Funeral Liturgy, interment will take place at St. Columba Cemetery. The arrangements for the funeral are being handled by Murphy Funeral Home.

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