Shirley Maluskie

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Shirley Marie was born on September 10, 1940 in Chesley to parents Leslie and Clara (Klages) Albright. She was welcomed by older brothers Louie (1932), Harold (1936), Edward (1938) and was later joined by younger siblings Allan (1942) and Marie (1945). The Albright family mixed farmed on the 10th of Sullivan. The children soon attended S.S. #6 Marmion before the family later moved to a farm on the 8th. Upon completion of public school, Shirley helped around the home for a while before entering the workforce at Perless Textiles in Chesley. In the mid 50's Shirley met William Early and together they welcomed children, Shirley "Sue" (1958), Bill (1961), Bob (1962) and Doug (1965.)

In 1958, Shirley headed to the city, Mississauga to be exact. She soon established her own taxi business. In fact, she was believed to be one of the first women to start such a venture. Shirley worked very hard to provide for her young family and on more than one occasion worked more than one job to support her and her children. After spending several years in the city, Shirley and the kids returned to the Desboro area in 1971. She soon enrolled at Georgian College where she completed her high school diploma as well as bookkeeping courses.

Not only was Shirley busy raising her young family but she soon began volunteering within the community. She first became involved with the Desboro Community Club and before long was helping with the kid's sports teams in Desboro.  It was also during these years that Shirley took a liking to sports herself, whereby she enjoyed several years of baseball and curling. Over the years, Shirley helped out with countless events in the Desboro and Chesley area. She was also a charter and active member of the Desboro Lion's Club.

Shirley worked for the Board of Education in Markdale for a couple of years before beginning at Maluskie Farm Equipment in 1973. Here she ran the office and supported Wayne in the day-to-day operations. In time their relationship began to grow and they began dating in 1985. Shirley married Wayne George Maluskie on August 20, 1988 at a ceremony on the farm. They made a great team and continued to operate the farm equipment business until 2007, when they closed the business and retired.

To say Shirley was an animal lover, would be an understatement! Shirley enjoyed dogs, however, her favourite would have to be cats. In fact, there was never a cat she did not like (just ask Wayne and the boys). She had several pet cats through the years, in addition to all the "barn" cats she fed, loved and cared for. In addition to her love of animals, Shirley enjoyed time gardening, growing both a variety of vegetables and flowers. These vegetables were often used in her baking. She was a fabulous cook, known for her canning, baking and especially her pies. Wayne and Shirley also loved to dance and they spent countless hours hand-in-hand on the dance floor. She loved listening to Waylon Jennings and other country artists of that era. This love of music led to several trips for Wayne and Shirley. They enjoyed numerous adventures to the likes of Nashville, Branson, and Havelock. Other vacations took them to destinations like England, Hawaii, Alaska and a variety of US states. Free time in the summer often meant spending extra time at the family cottage at Williams Lake. There were countless family gatherings and memories made there. Shirley was also known to enjoy a nice glass of red wine and thoroughly enjoyed reading. It could have been a magazine or newspaper, it really didn't matter.

Throughout her life, Shirley was seen by her family as a kind-hearted, caring woman who always put others first. She was extremely protective and independent, and often viewed as the foundation of the family. In 2017, Shirley and her family were dealt with horrible news as Sue was diagnosed with a severe form of brain cancer. Shirley took this news very hard, yet being the matriarch in the family led with a brave face. She did everything she could to assist Sue, Frank and her family during this difficult time and was with Sue when she lost her battle on November 10, 2018. A part of Shirley died that day, however in the months that followed she tried to return to a normal routine. Sadly, Shirley suffered a severe stroke while at home on February 22nd. She passed away, joining her beloved Sue, surrounded by her loving family at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in her 79th year.

Loving wife of Wayne. Beloved mother of Bill Early of Desboro, Bob (Donna) Early of Chesley, Doug (Brenda) Early of Desboro and mother-in-law of Frank Cain of Chesley. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Derek, Chris, Andrew, James, Devin, Troy, Tanya and great-grandchildren Stefany, Aryana and Milaina. Dear sister of Allan (Marylu) Albright of Rockford, Marie (Ronald) Swigger of Chesley and sister-in-law of Barbara Albright of Chesley and Sharon Albright of Wiarton. She was predeceased by her daughter Sue Cain (2018), grandson Anthony Jude, nephew Bruce Albright, brothers Edward, Harold, Louie Albright and her parents Leslie and Clara (Klages) Albright.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Monday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Shirley’s life will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Sullivan (#682006 Concession 8 – two miles south of Desboro) on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. Interment in Desboro Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church or Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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CherylAnn Golem & Brian Kotaba
March 12, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time. Remember all the good times and lean on each other, your community, your church family and your faith.
Shirley's passing leaves a big hole in all of the above. We are sorry for your loss.
Allan Olsen
March 12, 2019
Wayne Sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. My deepest sympathy
Deb and Terry McNabb
March 12, 2019
My heart is breaking with the passing of Shirley! Our deepest sympathies are with you Wayne and Family. Shirley was the backbone of the community and to say she will be missed is an understatement! She will be forever rememberd and deeply missed! Love to you all!
John and Penny (Cain) Crawford. Debbie (Cain) Smith
March 11, 2019
Wayne and family. So sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you at this sad time. Shirley always took a moment to chat and to ask how you were. She will be missed
Arnie & Terrie Clark
March 11, 2019
We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Shirley. We have many fond memories ... such a pleasure working with her on country music events at the Desboro Arena. Will always treasure the time Shirley & Wayne spent with us in south Texas ... more country music, more good times. May her journey be one of peace.
Dave and Fran Lang
March 11, 2019
Our deepest condolences to Wayne and Family. Shirley will be truly missed around the community and was a true pillar of the Desboro community. We are sorry we can't be with you, we are down south with family. Our thoughts are with you.
Larry & Betty McLeod
March 10, 2019
Our sincere sympathy
Ed and Helen McNabb
March 10, 2019
Wayne and family, so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. We will all miss her greatly. Our thought and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Jacinda Prentice
March 10, 2019
My heart goes out to the family of Shirley. She was a truly lovely lady who was extremely involved in the community as far back as I can remember. She will be missed.
bob and dianne jackson
March 10, 2019
sorry to hear of Shirleys passing. condolences to wayne and family. she will be missed by many.
Dan & Sherry Folkerson
March 9, 2019
Wayne and family
Sorry to hear about Shirley.she and smile will be missed in the community
Sherry and Roger and Tiff Caldwell
March 9, 2019
To all of the family, our deepest sympathies. Shirley was a wonderful lady.
Mac & Marilyn Taylor and family
March 8, 2019
Our sincere sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time.
Bill Uhrig
March 8, 2019
Wayne and Family.

My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of Shirley . The loss of your partner in life is hard to take , but faith and memories will keep her close by .
Rest in Peace Shirley.
Mark Donnelly
March 8, 2019
Wayne,Bob,Bill,Doug and Family..Sorry to hear of Shirleys passing..She had always bin a great kind lady..She will be missed in Desboro for her hard work for the community. Rip Shirley.
Rob & Darlene Thompson
March 8, 2019
Deepest sympathy Wayne and to the whole family. Shirley was a lovely lady. I’ll miss seeing Wayne and Shirley dancing at all the functions - lovely couple. RIP Shirley , you will be missed .
Elda Mae Knapp
March 8, 2019
To Wayne and family.
My sincere sympathy!
Randy & Sharon Vanwyck
March 8, 2019
Our sympathy to you Wayne and family upon hearing of Shirley's passing. Always a smile when we would meet Shirley around the community.
Roy and Margie Doman
March 8, 2019
Wayne and family , so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing , your family is in our thoughts!
Deb & Boog Hepburn
March 8, 2019
We send our deepest condolences Wayne to you and your family. This has been a hard year.
Garry & “Sam” Folkerson
March 8, 2019
Thinking of you Wayne and all of Shirley’s family. She will always be remembered a Desboro Icon who worked so hard for the community
Don Bryce
March 8, 2019
My deepest sympathy Wayne
Desboro Agricultural Society
March 8, 2019
Wayne, Bill, Bob, Doug, Frank and families - Our deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of Shirley. Our community has lost a wonderful woman who was dedicated to her family, community and church and she will be so greatly missed.
Murray and Shannon McNabb
March 8, 2019
Wayne and family, We are so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. Desboro and area has lost a truly wonderful and caring woman. Be rest assured that the community is thinking of all your families during this difficult time.
Carol Golem
March 7, 2019
Please accept my sincere sympathy!
Emily McLean
March 7, 2019
My thoughts and prayers era with you at this difficult time .
kim & mathew summers
March 7, 2019
Wayne and family so sorry to hear of Shirleys passing. your family is in our thoughts and prayers
Marj Guse
March 7, 2019
So sorry Wayne to hear of Shirley's passing.My thoughts and prayers are with you and Shirley's family at this difficult time

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