Shirley Koster

Shirley Koster

Shirley Esther Marie Koster (Austin) was born at St. Vincent

de Paul Hospital in Vancouver on February 15, 1928. She passed away in Kamloops on June 25, 2009. She was the middle child of Eddie and Marie Austin and sister to Lois (Hellings) & David (deceased). Shirley attended Little Flower Academy, graduating at sixteen and an accredited teacher by twenty-one. She started teaching in 1949 in Ashcroft, where she met local rancher Jack Koster. They were married in November of that year, and moved to the ranch

at Canoe Creek. They spent 58 years ranching and raising a family, David, Marie (Bolster), Warren, Matthew (deceased), Henry, Theresa (Williams), Ben, Ruth (Grinder) and their families including numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. The Reverend Father Peter Nguyen will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, June 29,

2009 at 9:00 am in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Mass will also be celebrated on Monday, June 29 at 2:30 pm in the St. Paul’s Canoe Creek Catholic Church in Canoe Creek, BC, followed by interment at Canoe Creek

Cemetery. In lieu of fl owers, donations may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 168 Briar Street, Kamloops, BC V2B 1C1 in memory of Shirley would be appreciated. The family would like to thank the staff at Ridgeview Lodge for their compassion and care. On-line condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops, BC. Telephone 250-374-1454. Shirley Koster

February 15, 1928 – June 25, 2009

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