Obituary of Shirley Marie Wilken


WILKEN, Shirley Marie (nee Stephenson)


Passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at her home in Elmira, at the age of 83 years. 

Beloved wife of the late Ken Wilken (2009) for 54 years.

Loving mother to Deb and Hans Nuys, Dawn and Dave Koebel, all of Elmira, Brad and Janice Wilken of Guelph.

Grandma Shirl to Tina Henhoeffer (Mike), Dawn-Nicole Wilken, Stephanie Koebel (Mike), Shannon Frey (Brad), Tara Wilken and Connor Wilken.

Great-Grandma (“GG”) to Aidan, Eddie, Cora, Ruby, Zachary, Brooklyn, soon to be born baby boy Frey, Owen, Braydon, Kyla and Anthony. Sister of Liz Sholdice (the late Ken) of Brussels.

Also remembered by her special extended family, the Vervoorts, and family of her brother-in-law Jim Wilken.

Predeceased by her parents Frederick and Margaret (Riley) Stephenson, four brothers, three sisters, and a great-grandchild.

Shirley was an employee of Canada Trust for many years, a John Mahood P.S. volunteer, avid bingo fan, and lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 469 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed participating in ladies darts, cribbage and euchre leagues, and never turned down a trip to Seneca or Grand River Raceway. Shirley enjoyed many years of travelling with Ken and friends to S.C. and the Caribbean.

At Shirley’s request, cremation has taken place.

A memorial visitation for family and friends will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, 62 Arthur St. S., Elmira, with a Legion Ladies Auxiliary service at 6:45 p.m.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at St. James Lutheran Church, 60 Arthur St. S. Elmira, with Pastor Hans Borch officiating.

In Shirley’s memory, donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation or Breast Cancer Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.


Donation Information:

Heart and Stroke Foundation
2-1373 Victoria St. N. 
Kitchener, N2B 3R6

Breast Cancer Society of Canada
420 East Street North Sarnia, ON, N7T 6Y5
Phone Toll Free: 1-800-567-8767