Shirley Marlene Basaraba

14 April , 194322 January , 2019

Shirley Marlene Basaraba (Nee Crum), 75, died suddenly on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta.

She was born on April 14th, 1943 in Loon Lake, Saskatchewan, to Freda and John Crum (both deceased). Shirley was the identical twin to sister, Charlotte Crum (now Dowker) of Cobble Hill, BC.

In 1961, she married L/Cpl Earl Basaraba and together they raised their daughter and son on Canadian Armed Forces Bases across Canada and in Germany. Shirley was a stay-at-home mom for 15 years before returning to work in the community, eventually working for the Department of National Defense, in Wainwright, Alberta, where she retired in 2009 after 28 years.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 57 years, Chief Warrant Officer/Regimental Sergeant Major (retd.) Earl O. Basaraba, of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, her daughter Tammy Basaraba Tupper, son-in-law Ron, and two grand-children; Kazimir (23) and Torsten Sjoblom (21) of Vancouver, BC, and son Todd Basaraba, of Canmore Alberta, and his children; Arden (29), Jadian (26), Damon (22), twins: Dorian and Brynn (20), and great-grandchildren, Keira (8) and Emily Penney (6), of Edmonton.

Shirley Basaraba was the heart and soul of the family and truly, the strength behind the uniform.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held on February 9th, 2019 from 2 – 5pm at Hainstock’s Funeral Home, 9810-34th Avenue, in Edmonton, Alberta.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, 9 February , 2019

Shirley Marlene Basaraba

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Peter & Teresa Peereboom

8 February 2019

Earl & Family,
It is with great sadness that we read about the passing of Shirley. She was such a kind, thoughtful, wonderful lady. We both worked with Shirley in Wainwright, and we always thought so highly of her. We send our deepest condolences to you and the entire family, and hope that the many memories you hold so close to your heart will help you through this difficult time. Rest in peace, to a special lady, and our thoughts and prayers to the family.

Peter & Teresa Peereboom

Jack and Beverly Nicholl

6 February 2019

Shirley, Earl,
We go back a long, long, time. We were so young and full of life back then.
You could say it was back then when I got to know Earl while serving with the First Battalion 1PPCLI in Victoria, B.C.
Earl got married to Shirley, shortly after that I married Beverly.
It was then that we became lifelong friends and still are.
When we got the news of Shirley’s passing it was very hard to take.
We covered a lot of ground during our time from Victoria, to Germany, Edmonton, and Calgary. We had a lot of parties and functions together over the years, and many fond memories. No matter where Earl and Shirley were posted they always made sure we stayed in touch. We had many stays at Shirley and Earl, they always welcomed us to their home like family, Shirley was an easy going with a warm heart and will be sorely missed by all here.
Our Condolence’s go out to all the family at this time, you have our deepest sincerest heartfelt sympathy.
(You are in our thoughts)
Jack, Beverly and Family.

Helmut Mampe

6 February 2019

Sending you our Condolences .
We thought Shirly was a very nice lovely Lady.


Myrna and Helmut Mampe

Bernice Rempel

4 February 2019

I would like to offer condolences to Shirley's family on the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother.
I was pleased to see the tribute paid to Shirley in the newspaper obituary stating that she was the heart and soul of the family and truly the strength behind the uniform. That is the way I recognize her.
Our family was posted to Baden at the same time as the Basarabas. Although we met and interacted only briefly, we recognized the fine example Shirley set for the whole military community. Her support of the military was evident but even more so she practiced and exemplified the recognition and support of the families. Bernice and Milton Rempel, Gordon and Heather.