Shirley Dianne Lipsack (Traxel) of Kaslo, British Columbia passed away at the Victorian Community Health Center in Kaslo on December 18, 2012 due to complications from ovarian cancer.
Shirley came to Kaslo from Calgary in the mid 2000’s to be with Kurt Patalla, who passed away on November 08, 2011. She was actively involved in the community, working at the Kaslo Drug Store, she was a member of St. Andrew’s Church, and volunteered with numerous charities.
Shirley is survived by her one daughter, Tracy (Michael) Fawcett of Calgary, and grandchildren Zachary Fawcett of Calgary, and Bronwyn (Jeff) Butler of Calgary, her beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Mikey, brothers Norman (Jerolyn) Traxel and Keith Traxel, sister Darlene (Brian) Kemp, along with numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind Kurt’s sons Gordon Patalla of Vancouver Island and Robert (Lisa) Patalla of Calgary.
Cremation has taken place and a funeral service will be held in Kalso late next spring or early summer (2013). As per her wishes, the funeral will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, which will be followed by interment at the Kaslo Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Cancer Society Box 292, Nelson BC, V1L 5P9.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
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