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Elaine Shabaga

September 13, 2017

Elaine Shabaga

Our world stopped turning for a day last Wednesday, September 13, 2017 when our beautiful Mom and Nana, Elaine Shabaga, passed away.  Mom loved life.  She was warm, witty and engaging.  She was known for her sense of humour and never missed an opportunity for a naughty one-liner, or quip when it presented itself.  She loved music and would belt out one or two lines from a favourite song at any given time.  She enjoyed going to movies and watching, as she called it, “The Young and the Stupid.”  A rum and coke happy hour was a highlight of her day.  She was the most positive person.  Her glass was always half full.  Mom dearly valued the people in her life.  She was a loyal sister and friend to many.  She was so proud of her family and when she spoke about us she often said how lucky she was.  We are a close family because mom nurtured relationships.  We are the lucky ones.  She loved visits and calls from family and friends and was always excited to share a card or letter that had arrived in the mail.  She filled her life with activities that kept her young.  She was a beautiful sewer and knitter.  She was passionate about dancing; she loved to walk and was an avid reader.  She was a life-long learner. Mom documented her life taking pictures and keeping a daily journal.  It was important for her to share memories with us.  She loved to reminisce.  Mom’s humble beginning started in Saskatoon.  Her family moved a lot and she got a kick out of taking us on tours of childhood homes, sharing her stories.  She was on her own by seventeen.  Her business course at Tech led her to employment at Telephones.  She met Dad jitterbugging at the Cave and they began their life together on her birthday, August 19, 1950.  While raising a family of five children, Mom worked as a receptionist for twenty years.  She retired at 62, leaving more time for the things she liked to do including travel.  After Dad passed away in 2000, Mom began a new chapter in her life.  She was dancing at the Legion when she met Arno.  For the next 12 years Mom and Arno rarely missed a Saturday dance.  We are so thankful that Mom had those years to spend with him.  We would like to thank the staff of Oliver Lodge for their care of Mom on her journey with dementia.  As a family, we have learned so much.  Most importantly, we’ve learned that even though one may lose many abilities, the need for love and affection never goes away.  Mom showed us that right to the end.  Elaine will be lovingly remembered and by her children:  Jan (Don) Krawchuk of Saskatoon, Colleen “Sport” (Ramon) Rodriguez of Saskatoon, Lorne (Pam) Shabaga of Milton, ON, Judi (Clint) Cherry of Saskatoon, and Patti Shabaga (special friend Ray Goertzen) of Saskatoon; her loving companion Arno Block; her grandchildren:  Michael Krawchuk (Suzanne), Jordan Krawchuk (Mandy), Stephanie Krawchuk (Omayra), Dallas (Holly) Donahue, Lindsay (Jacky) Donahue, Jackson Skalicky (Margot), Rachael Skalicky (Kent), Rebecca (Pat) Heaney, Joshua (Jess) Shabaga, Melissa (Greg) Tayes, Leah Shabaga, Joel Cherry (Annie), Justin Cherry (Stephanie) and  Sam Cherry; eleven great-grandchildren:  Conor, Marielle, Julianne, Livia, Anna, Aiden, Elena, Warner, Anderson, Liam, and Jacob; her sisters:  Joyce Iannone, Lee Brown, Glenda (Robert) Sweetland and Brenda (Ralph) Lewis; her brother Bob (Leslie) Kennedy; her sisters-in-law: Iona Kennedy and Gerri Kennedy. Elaine is predeceased by her husband John; her granddaughter Carly Skalicky; her parents Samuel and Myrtle Kennedy; her step-mother Agda Kennedy; brothers:  Alan Kennedy, Lorne Kennedy and Don Kennedy.  A Private Family Service will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations in Elaine’s memory may be made to Oliver Lodge, 1405 Faulkner Crescent, Saskatoon, SK S7L 3R5.  Arrangements in care of John Schachtel – MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (306)978-5200  

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