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Shirley Jane Onishko Kuivenhoven

February 9, 2021


Shirley Kuivenhoven (Onishko)

Peacefully, Shirley passed away February 9, 2021 with family by her side at the Selkirk Regional Health Care Centre following a courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 77. She will be fondly remembered by her husband Herman, brother Wayne Kotowich (Julie), her daughters Christine King (Lawrence), Jo-Anne Richardson (Lark), Val Miller (Ritchie), step-son John Kuivenhoven (Laurie), nephew Steven (Julie), niece Kim (Brian), grandchildren Jana, Marcus, Olivia, Cash, Flynn, Joss, Shaun (Heather) and David and great grandchildren Olivia and Luuk. 

She was predeceased by her first husband Anthony Onishko who passed away in 1990.  

Shirley was born in Selkirk, Manitoba on July 15, 1943 to parents Steve and Jean Kotowich. Shirley was very close with her brother Wayne throughout their lives.  Shirley lost her mother at a young age.  Her father remarried Mary (Sykes) and was introduced to her new extended family, Les (Lydia), Ronald (Joyce)

Shirley grew up in Cloverdale, Manitoba on the family farm spending many hours doubling her brother around on her bicycle going to visit friends and play.

In 1996, Shirley remarried Herman Kuivenhoven and expanded her family which brought her great happiness.  Together they shared a passion for travelling around the world creating many memories together.

Shirley worked at the Royal bank in Selkirk for many years creating everlasting friendships with clients and co-workers.  She was a school trustee for decades and enjoyed helping shape the school system, learning new concepts and connecting with her colleagues across the country.

Shirley will be remembered as a loving and caring individual who treasured spending time with family and friends. She was a proud wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  She will be fondly remembered by all those who knew her and loved her. 

The family would like to extend immeasurable thanks to the wonderful staff at the Selkirk Regional Health Care Centre for their professional, caring and compassionate care. 

Those who so desire, in lieu of flowers, may make memorial donations in memory of Shirley to Cancer Care at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre.

Due to present COVID restrictions, family and friends will be invited to a celebration of Shirley’s life at a later date.

Condolences may be left on her tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.

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