Shirley was born to John and Rosie (nee Yaremko) Elaschuk in Yorkton, Saskatchewan on December 11, 1944. She attended Loyal School, graduated from high school in Wroxton, Saskatchewan and later joined her older sister Elsie, in Regina, to continue her education at a business college. Shirley was married to Bill Chornawka on August 6, 1966. Together they accepted the Lord as their helper and farmed on the Chornawka homestead (later named BonSanChorLane Farm) near MacNutt, Saskatchewan and raised two daughters. They were married 54 years. Shirley worked as a bank teller at the MacNutt Credit Union for 14 years. Bill & Shirley moved to Yorkton in 1990 where they began to manage apartments and Shirley continued to work as a receptionist at Parkland Drug and Alcohol Society for 13 years. After she retired, Shirley helped manage Cedar Ridge Apartments alongside her best friend, helpmate and hubby, Bill, until her passing. During her retirement, Shirley and Bill, along with other musicians and singers, (who soon became dear friends), began a music ministry group called The SonShine Gospel Singers. They sang in nursing homes and travelled as far as Saskatoon, Regina, and surrounding areas. Shirley would play the keyboard or piano with such enthusiasm and sing with such joy that all her aches and pains were temporarily absorbed by the sheer glory of the Lord in the moment. Shirley trusted the Lord Jesus everyday of her life lived and said, 'one day at a time'.
Shirley is survived by husband Bill, daughters Bonny (Mike) McTaggart and Sandy (Mike) West. Baba also leaves behind two caring grandchildren, Garett and Sophia West, sisters Marie (Potts) and Elsie (Banga), brother Jim (Elaschuk), sister-in-law Lynda (Ellis) and brother-in-law Jim (Mary) Chornawka, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Shirley was predeceased by parents John and Rosie Elaschuk, brothers Nick Ellis and Kenneth Edward Elaschuk (in infancy), as well as father and mother in-law John and Lena Chornawka.
Donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 147 Booth St. Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N0J7, as a gift of remembrance. The family of Shirley Chornawka wish to thank all the nursing staff and Dr. Oloko for the astounding compassion and work they did while in their care.
SHE WILL BE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER!!
The funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 5th 2021 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Capt. Sam Tim and Rev, Kevin Sawatsky officiating. Hymns played were 'Precious Lord, Take My Hand', 'Thank You', and 'One Day At A Time'. Daughters Bonny & Sandy gave the eulogy. The interment took place in the Garden of St. John with Mike, Sandra and Garett West, Mike and Bonny McTaggart, and Elmer McInness serving as the casketbearers.