Shirley Ann Arany

May 18, 1948March 2, 2013

ARANY – Shirley Ann May 18, 1948 – March 2, 2013

Shirley Arany passed away shortly after midnight at Agape Hospice in Calgary, AB on Saturday, March 2, 2013 after a short battle with liver cancer. Shirley was the fourth daughter of eight children born to Cora and Ernst Hemm in Middle Lake, SK. She met and was married to her husband of 49 years, Steve on February 10, 1964. They then moved to his family farm near St. Brieux, SK and started their family. They became Alberta bound in the summer of 1972 with a move to Calgary. Shirley began her 37 year career with Canada Post in 1975. Never a person to rest, Shirley also began preparing taxes with H&R Block in 1989 continuing until December, 2012. She officially retired from Canada Post in January, 2012. Her one get-away was spending time at their trailer at Carefree Resort in the summers. Shirley found much happiness in her work both at the post office and H&R Block and took great joy in the loyalty of customers and co-workers. Shirley is survived by her husband Steve; three daughters Donna, Cheryl, Amanda and grandson Miika. We wish to celebrate her life at a Memorial Service held at FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 – 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen’s Park Cemetery) on Friday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to Agape Hospice,1302, 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary AB, T2N 1B8 in memory of Shirley Arany. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website

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Ann Seymour

April 23, 2013

I was so sorry to learn of Shirley's passing. I found out when I called the Arany home today to see if Shirley would still have time to do my taxes. My deepest condolences to Steve and family.

Chris Maynes

April 10, 2013

Shirley did our taxes at H & R for many many years and was a gem to deal with.I just called and was told our her passing.
Please accept our condolences.

Kay and Chris Three Hills Ab

Jackie Kleiner

March 26, 2013

Shirley has been doing may taxes for a number of years at H & R Block. I looked forward to seeing her every year as she made the process so easy and painless. Her great attitude and her competence shone through.

Take good care.

Jorge Bermudez

March 19, 2013

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Peace for Shirley in her tomb. We found out those sad news when we were going to do our taxes this year.

March 18, 2013

Dear Steve and family, We only met Shirley last year at H&R Block when she did our taxes but we found her to be so friendly, helpful, and competent. It was a shock to hear she had passed away when I called the office to book this year's taxes. Our hearts go out to your family in this time of grief.

Bill and Norma Webb
Calgary, Alberta


March 13, 2013

We knew Shirley through her work for 25 years and enjoyed her sense of humour, positive outlook and conscientious attitude. She was wonderful and we were honoured to have known her. How we all miss her.

Shirley Reich(Johnstone)

March 12, 2013

Dear Steve & family,

My deepest condolences to you & your dear family, your wife Shirley was always so kind. I very much enjoyed working with you & Shirley back in the good old days, I now live in Nova Scotia, myself just retired.
Always with my best memories of both you & having opportunity of your friendship at work!

Sincerely, Shirley Reich ( prior Shirley Johnstone)

Kathie Carlson

March 12, 2013

Dear Steve and Family,

Sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. My sincerest condolences and sympathy. Shirley was a great co-worker at CPC.

Kevin Allen

March 8, 2013

Our deepest condolences from the Allen family. I fondly remember coming to visit as a child and remembering Shirley's smile and laugh.

March 8, 2013

Steve, Donna, Cheryl and Amanda
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Just found out today. Wish I could have been there.

Myra Fraser