Hainstock's Funeral Home & Crematorium

9810- 34th Ave, Edmonton, AB


Elizabeth Anne Shirley Sandul

November 19, 1948August 2, 2019

Elizabeth Anne Shirley Sandul, aged 70, of Edmonton, Alberta passed away suddenly on Friday, August 2, 2019. Born on November 19, 1948 in Spirit River, Alberta to Jack and Martha Sandul, Shirley was the youngest of five siblings.

She is survived by her brother, Bob (Joan) Sandul and her sister Joan Margel and her sister-in-law Noreen Sandul. She leaves behind generations of nieces and nephews that will miss her greatly. She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers, John Bayers and Pete Sandul.

Shirley was best known for her adult literacy activities on behalf of P.A.L.S. (Project Adult Literary Society) of Edmonton where she was Executive Director for over 30 years. This role brought her into contact with hundreds, if not thousands of tutors, volunteers, students and fellow literacy folk in Edmonton and across Canada over a career that spanned many years.

She will be well-met in heaven by her parents, Jack and Martha, brothers and fellow fishermen John and Pete, her dog, Little One and her lifelong friend, Marlene Campbell.

Those who knew her will remember her best sitting in a fishing boat with a Diet coke, wearing her favourite hat, a book in one hand and her rod in the other, waiting for the next nibble on her hook.

She will be greatly missed by those who enjoyed her sense of humour, ready wit and storytelling skills, but not so much by the fish whose lives have now been spared. Our own stories of Shirley and shared reminiscences will keep her spirit alive and in our hearts for many years.

A memorial service with luncheon to follow will be held on Saturday August 24, 2019 at 10:00 am at Hainstock's Funeral Home & Crematorium, 9810 34 Avenue.

Donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to P.A.L.S. (www.palsedmonton.ca) address: #41, 9912-106 Street Edmonton, AB T5K 1C5


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 24, 2019


Elizabeth Anne Shirley Sandul

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Fatemeh Jiriaee

August 13, 2019

Shirley was a great lady. I was working in the Reaching New Heights team with her. I have not only learned English in PALS, but also felt at home because of her empathy and friendly behaviour. My husband and I will never forget her. Shirley didn’t like to take a photo but when my husband asked her to take a photo with him as a memory, she accepted it and I have attached it here.


August 9, 2019

Death is not the end of life. It is the beginning of an eternal life. And we will accompany her someday.

Thanks for your time.

Student of PALS.

Carol Aubee Girard

August 9, 2019

My condolences to Shirley’s friends and family. Shirley was a dedicated educator, her entire literacy career she advocated for those unable to do so for themselves. Edmonton has lost a wonderful literacy advocate.

Sandra Eriksen

August 8, 2019

My dear friend Shirley is gone too soon. She was planning to come out and see us after she retired, but sadly that won't happen now. We were friends all our lives it seemed. I will miss our catch-up phone calls and Edmonton visits. We liked going to Dim Sum at the Emperor's Palace between Christmas and New Years, so we will continue to go in remembrance of her.

Lois Brown

August 8, 2019

Very shocked to hear of Shirley's passing we had lost touch a few years but I have many fond memories ,

Patricia Clapp (nee Pender)

August 8, 2019

I am saddened and surprised to hear of Shirley's passing. We lived across the street from the Sandul family during my teenage years, and I have fond memories of "Snooks" and the friendship she had with my younger sister.
I have lost track with many of my friends and aquaintances from Rycroft, and often wondered what Shirley had 'been up to'. As a lifelong educator, I was heartened to hear of her long career in literacy. My condolences to those closest to Shirley.

Joyce Babuik

August 7, 2019

Sorry and shocked to hear of Shirley’s passing! We had many fun times together growing up! Although we hadn’t seen Shirley for a few years it still feels like it wasn’t that long ago! Condolences to the Sandul family! Blessings!


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