BOSWELL, Shirley Lillian (nee Hirsekorn). It is with great sadness that Shirley's six children announce the death of their mum on Saturday, August 13th in London, Ontario after a brief but valiant struggle with cancer in her 74th year. Shirley will be greatly missed by her children Dean, Heather, Phillip (Lynn), Jennifer (Pete), Bruce (Graham), and Donald (Robin). Mum's quiet strength and gracious spirit has set an example for us all. Granny will be missed by Colin, Janine, Camille, Sarah (Jay), Kendra and Rebecca. Shirley was born in Edmonton to the late William and Bertha Hirsekorn (nee Mittelsteadt) and was predeceased by her sisters Ellen Schiewe, Rose Stelter, and Agnes Jantz. She is survived by her devoted sister and brother, Lorraine (Emil Senft) and Arthur (Laraine), and brother-in-law Ernie Jantz. The family thanks those who came and the many that sent comfort in her last weeks. She will be fondly remembered by a large extended family scattered out West. Friends may call on Tuesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James at Richmond Street, London, where the funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday at 11 a.m.. Cremation.
August 14, 2011, 10:50 pm
My Mum was a person of quite strength and boundless aptitude. There was never anything that she couldn't set her mind to or muddle through in her own way somehow. The same qualities I prize for myself are the same qualities I admire in my mother. We are alike in so many ways. I shall miss her enormously. Words simply cannot express my profound sorrow.
August 15, 2011, 12:14 am
Our condolences to the Boswell family from my wife and I. Aunt Shirley was a very compassionate , strong , and caring lady who made a very positive impact on people . I always looked forward to her visits to Edmonton and enjoyed her company. She will deeply be missed.
Brent and Melody Finn
August 15, 2011, 10:06 am
To the Boswell Family, We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to you at this time. Shirley was a remarkable lady and always faced life with steadfast grace. Her warmth and understanding towards people and their position in life always made one feel at ease . Although we have not had her in our life as of late, she has made a place in our heart's forever. With love, Brent, Melody, Rachel and Ashleigh Finn
August 15, 2011, 12:41 pm
Bruce and Family
Please know that your friends at Meridian hold you all in our thoughts and prayers. While our only connection is with Bruce , he is a shining example of human goodness which we are certain is a testiment to the qualities your mother demonstrated during her life. God Speed and deepest condolences to you all.
Bruce's Meridian Friends and Family.
Jean R Snider
August 15, 2011, 1:00 pm
My sympathy is extended to the family of Shirley. I have fond memories of Shirley from 1946 when I was a student at the one room country school house-Sprucedale.
August 15, 2011, 3:56 pm
To Jennifer, Pete, Colin, Camille, and the Boswell family: Please know our thoughts are with you right now. I only met Shirley a few times but I could see right away that you, Jennifer, inherited your polite English manner and quiet strength and insistence from her. If she was anything like you, she must have been an amazing woman. She was always very kind to me. Please call whenever you need us.
From Erin, Rob, Emma, and Rory
art hirsekorn and family
August 15, 2011, 6:53 pm
please know we are all here for you and love you. shirley will be missed so much as she is part of our heart. our recently holiday partner will always be remembered fondly as we always had a great time. we will miss her in maui this year and will have a rye to remember her on the lanai. we take comfort that she is pain free and with her family in heaven.
Jody and Nicole Yule
August 16, 2011, 7:15 am
Our condolences to Don, Robin, the girls, Dean and the rest of the Boswell family for your loss. Your mum was always so kind to us, and I always admired her quiet strength, and sense of humour, which I'm sure will be greatly missed. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all.
August 16, 2011, 7:38 am
Although I cannot be with you in this difficult time, my prayers and thoughts are with you all. Shirley, you were a great neighbor and became excellent friend overtime. I'll miss you.
August 16, 2011, 4:57 pm
Heather and Family,
Your friends and co-workers at Gamma-Dynacare are thinking of you during this difficult time. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.
August 19, 2011, 11:41 am
My sister.I never thought I would ever have to write about our life together & it breaks my heart .I’ve had the Hirsekorn curse every time I think of you and you & I have always known each others thoughts just by looking in each others eyes.Usually it was you little bugger. A lesson learned was when telling on your sister & she gets the strap don’t stay around &laugh, because a mad dad will show you it was nota laughing matter. You taking the blame for taking 3 cigarettes out of the bottom of a new package of Dads pack,boy did I get the whole title ( first,middle&last name) when you caught us down at the creek smoking.When our dad died you were17 & I was 13 it was tough but a year later you followed your dreams & went to Toronto,I remember you calling and saying watch Hockey night in Canada at Christmas time as you were singing in the Imperial oil choir between periods it wasn’t hard to find as you had your mouth opened as usual when some is taking your picture.No wonder Donald always put his finger in his nose when someone is taking his picture. Our time together in Jasper (6 kids & granddad) plus our 2 in a large suite was unforgetable to say the least and David & I going canoeing with no lifejackets , not registered,going past the bridge meet place and you and Laraine driving up & down the road with 4 kids & the little monsters ( Donald & Bruce saying don’t worry Mum there dead.You being Laraine’s xmas gift from Me to come home for xmas the fris time in 30 years, it was great.Our great trips to Nashville,Memphis,Dollywood,Grand old opry,Graceland and the home of the blues that you loved Rum Boggy café in Memphis and the horse farms in Kentucky was great. Next was your first time to Kauai in Hawaii, and this year in February to Sedona ,Arizona with the beautiful Red mountains we will never forget our times together,Laraine and I (curse again) will miss you terribly in November which we had booked with you in Maui. Laraine and I will live with you every time we talk or see one of your beautiful children. We never ever said goodbye to each other it was always SEE YOU! Your wee little brudder .Art.
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