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RUZESKY, Shirley Mae (Amundsen)

May 4, 1930 — January 6, 2013

She was Queen of the Ice Carnival.  She sailed up the coast of Norway.  She swam with dolphins.  She danced with Bing Crosby.  She was kind, honest, generous, caring, and a little stoic sometimes.  Known as “Momo” to her grandchildren, she placed a great deal of importance on family, and she loved reunions and gatherings.  Shirley was an unassuming presence, but she had a fierce will and a farmhand’s toughness.  She was determined to make it to Christmas despite a difficult fight with cancer that started in the summer.  She died at Hospice House in Kelowna on the twelfth day of Christmas.  Her immediate family was with her to tell her how much she was loved and to say good-bye.  A memorial service will be held Friday, February 1st at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home: 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, consider donating blood to Canadian Blood Services, or donate to the B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Cancer Centre for the Southern Interior.

Friday, February 1st at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for RUZESKY, Shirley Mae (Amundsen) is scheduled for Friday, February 1st at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Susan Cernak says:

    I am very sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. She was a terrific Hospital Volunteer.
    Susan Cernak

  • Brett Wike says:

    Nap, I am deeply sorry for you loss. During the years I knew you both, I saw you as a model couple to aspire to.

  • wendy barker says:

    I worked with Shirley for many years at the Bay Kelowna, she was always smiling and cheerful and a treasure to work with. I am so sorry to hear of her passing she will be missed by all of us who worked with her.

  • Allison Goreas says:

    Jay and family,

    I am so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. It was always a pleasure to visit with her at my parents place. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

    Lots of Love Allison

  • Anja Haman says:

    I was so sad to hear of Shirley’s passing. As the mother of my best friend through those giggling, crazy teenage years, I have fond memories of her patience and quietly supporting smile through our antics. She nurtured and grew a wonderful family, and I send my heartfelt condolences to you.

  • Jean Lanoue Bay Hair Salon says:

    I will miss her big smile that she always had when she came in to get her hair done. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, she will be missed.

  • wiebke haman says:

    The beautiful memories Shirley left her family and friends will sustain us in the present loss and grief. Shirley was a true example of what motherhood means; she raised 3 great children, one of them having made a lifelong happy and wonderful impact on me. Thank you, Sherrie.
    Hugs, Wiebke

  • Betty Mahood says:

    To Nap & family,
    Shirley will be greatly missed,her contributions to the family will live on for ever.

  • Jack & Cathy Endecott says:

    Nap you will miss your soul mate for sure/She was a lovely lady .Jack & I want you to know that you & your family are in our thoughts at this most difficult time. Your memories will be many .Cathy & Jack Endecott

  • Holly (safeway) says:

    Mr. Ruzesky, I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss of dear Shirley. Both of you always made my day with your presence when I saw you at my work; your smiles and conversation always uplifted me. I am sorry she is not with us, but she will always be with us. I am sending you thoughts and hugs.

  • Larry and Dolly Doyle says:

    Shirley will be missed by friends and family. She was a lovely lady. I was happy to have known as I worked with her at the Bay. She was a happy and positive lady. She was a role model for everyone.
    sincerely, Dolly Doyle.

  • Peter & Fran Amundsen says:

    So sorry we could not attend the service. Our most heartfelt condolences to the family.

    Peter & Fran

  • Murray Church says:

    Gail Amundsen and I treasured the service and memories for Shirley. Jay Ruzesky was a special speaker with special memories and nice thoughts. Even historic interest in Raold Amundsen visiting Claresolm.

  • Greg and Raye Bell says:

    Nap and family. we are so sorry we couldn’t be at Shirleys service. You have both been such wonderful neighbors for so many years.We will miss her so very much.Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your lovely family at this time..God Bless

  • Catherine Keller says:

    That was a beautiful service… Great job on the speeches. We still wish we could have been there in person. She really did have an amazing smile…
    Love Brent and Catherine Keller

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