Shirley Margaret Malkowich, formerly known as Shirley Margaret Stadfeld, passed away on October 26, 2023, at Luther Special Care Home in the presence of her loved ones. Shirley is survived by her children: Doug (Anita), Shelley (R.J.), and Ferne (Gordon). She also leaves behind her grandchildren: Elizabeth (Kevin), Melissa (Andrew), Lucas, Chelsea, Brenden, Jasmine (Kalen), Shelby (Taylor), Jayde (Alex), and Julia (Scott). Additionally, she is survived by her great-grandchildren: Hunter, Ryden, Austin, Tanner, Gabriel, Norah, Scarlett, William, August, and Aubrey. Shirley had six siblings: June, Sharon (Lloyd), Irene (Rolf), Lynda (Ron), Laverne, and Dawn. Numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews also mourn her loss.
Shirley was born on January 1, 1941, on the family farm near Hodgson, Manitoba, to Eidur and Fern Stadfeld, both now deceased. She grew up attending a one-room Schoolhouse near her family farm until the eighth grade. Following that, she completed her ninth grade through correspondence courses under the Schoolhouse’s supervision. When it was time for high school, Shirley moved to Winnipeg and resided with her sister Joy and her husband Merv. After finishing high school, she pursued her passion for nursing and trained at The Misericordia School of Nursing in Winnipeg, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1961. She began her nursing career at Fisher Branch Hospital, in the Interlake Region of Manitoba. It was there that she met her future husband, Fred. They exchanged vows on October 5, 1963, in Winnipeg. In 1966, they relocated to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, along with their son Doug. The couple was blessed with two daughters, Shelley (1967) and Ferne (1969). Shirley continued her nursing profession at Saskatoon City Hospital before transferring to St. Paul’s Hospital. Later, she worked in long-term care at the Saskatoon Sanatorium/Parkridge Centre. After retiring in 2005, she returned to Saskatoon City Hospital.
Shirley was a devoted and loving mother to her children. She supported her son Doug’s endeavors in hockey and dirt bike racing, cheering him on from the stands. With her daughter Shelley, she shared a passion for literature and theater. She also enjoyed shopping and discussing fashion with her daughter Ferne. From sewing clothes to cooking their favorite dishes, Shirley’s children have cherished memories of her love and care. As a doting grandmother and great-grandmother, she showered her grandchildren with affection. Whether it was reading, completing puzzles, attending their activities, or shopping together, she relished spending time with them. Shirley took pleasure in caring for her grandchildren and sharing her life’s experiences with them. The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Luther Special Care Home for their compassionate care during Shirley’s two years there. In memory of Shirley, the family kindly requests donations to Luther Special Care Home instead of flowers. A private interment and celebration of life will be held on November 2, 2023. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Thea Katchmar – Mourning Glory Funeral Services. Memories of Shirley and condolences can be shared on their website: “www.mourningglory.ca.”