1963 – 2024

It is with profound sorrow that we share the news of Shelley May Heisler’s (née: Thompson) passing at the age of 61 years.  Born on February 6th, 1963, Shelley peacefully transitioned on the morning of Wednesday, March 27th, 2024, in Moose Jaw, SK, enveloped in the love of her family. 

Shelley’s gentle spirit and compassion were unparalleled.  Her absence will be deeply felt by many, especially by her devoted husband, Terry Heisler, to whom she was married for 34 years, and her beloved children, Justin and Jenna.  She was predeceased by her sons, Ryan Raymond Heisler and Dylan Jacob Heisler who passed away respectively in 2014 and 1991, as well as her half-sibling, Joey Lee Sherstabetoff in 2018.  Shelley is survived by her siblings, Brian Thompson of Calgary, AB and Geraldine Jepson of Red Deer, AB.  They, along with their families, will always cherish her memory, as will her father, Garry Thompson of Moose Jaw and mother, Murielle Sherstabetoff of Calgary, AB; as well as her best friend, Holly Delaurier.

Born in Weyburn, SK, Shelley moved with her family to Moose Jaw at the age of 16, where she spent the majority of her life.  Shelley was the heart of her family, and she lived by the words “Our family is a circle of strength and love”.  As the family’s cornerstone, Shelley orchestrated festive gatherings for Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving, bringing family together. 

Shelley’s passions in her youth included playing the piano, camping, gardening, and a lifelong love for horses.  In August of 2023, she fulfilled a final wish to ride once more, a moment of pure joy.  Shelley loved to travel and did frequent trips to Calgary and Red Deer to see her family, along with other holidays.  Her last adventure was taking a trip to Costa Rica in early 2020 with her sister and family.  Her exhilaration, and a bit of fear during a zipline experience, and her contentment while lounging on her beach chair with a mimosa are memories that will endure.  Shelley's love for butterflies, her passion for purple, and her two cherished cats, Jasmine and Jasper, who will miss her cuddles, were among the many joys in her life.  Shelley's culinary talents, inherited from her grandmother Esther Thompson and honed through her own experiences, were extraordinary.  She took pride in her cooking, her meticulous organization, her cocktail creations, her knowledge of the cosmos and earth, and so much more. 

Shelley's career began as an esthetician in Moose Jaw, where she excelled as a hairdresser and nail technician, eventually running her own business.  She mentioned often that she enjoyed her clients’ relationships.  During a short stint in Calgary, Shelley expanded her skills to include sales, and over the last decade she enjoyed working as a Sales Representative at Golden West Broadcasting, in Moose Jaw, where she made many cherished friends. 

Shelley’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, July 13th, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sportsman Centre, 276 Home St E in Moose Jaw.  If you feel so inclined, Shelley would have been delighted to see as many attendees as possible wearing purple in her honor.  In lieu of other tributes, please consider making a donation in Shelley’s memory to The Moose Jaw Humane Society, Box 1658 Station Main, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7K7. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane.  Gary McDowell, Funeral Director 306-693-4550