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Born: Dec 07, 1942

Date of Passing: Mar 18, 2012

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CAROLYN JEAN SHAW (nee FREIHEIT) Carolyn's family is heartbroken to announce her passing on March 18, 2012 at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, at the age of 69 years. Remaining to forever cherish Carolyn's memory are her beloved family Jackie Shaw and her fiancé Dustin Furst, Linda Stevens (Thomas), Bruce Shaw, Casey Shaw (Christina); grandchildren Brandon and Dylan Stevens, and Dustin's children, Ela and Rowan; sister Marlene Streu (Bruno); brother Garnet Freiheit (Kathy); aunt Teena Wilkie; as well as many close nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. Carolyn was predeceased by her husband Cal Shaw; infant son Christopher; parents Art and Marie Freiheit; brothers Derry Freiheit and Ernie Freiheit. Carolyn was born in Dauphin on December 7, 1942 to Arthur and Marie Freiheit. After high school, she moved to Winnipeg and graduated as a Registered Nurse from Misericordia Hospital. She had a fulfilling career as a nurse, educator, case coordinator, director of nursing, and hospital administrator. Carolyn gave all of herself to patients, their families, nurses and doctors at St. Boniface and Beausejour hospitals for 35 years. After traveling to Europe, Japan and the Caribbean, Carolyn married Cal Shaw in 1975 and became stepmother to Casey, Linda and Bruce. Jackie joined the family in 1979. Everyone who was touched by Carolyn in this life was blessed by her compassion, warmth, sense of fun and laughter. She welcomed her children's friends as extensions of her family. Carolyn's nieces and nephews knew her as Auntie LaLa - named before they could manage to pronounce Carolyn. She treated her friends like family, and her family like precious gems. Carolyn was selfless in giving to her community, the medical profession and all who knew her. Sadly, Carolyn struggled with serious health issues in recent years. Through it all, she showed us courage, independence, humour, and above all, love. She also boldly shared her opinions and we respected that part of her too. Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in St. John Brebeuf Roman Catholic Church, 1707 John Brebeuf Place with Rev. Fr. Mark Tarrant officiating. Interment will follow the Liturgy in Transcona Cemetery, 5014 Dugald Road at Perimeter Highway. We are eternally grateful for the dignity and exquisite care provided by the people at St. Boniface Hospital during the last two months, especially the 7th floor nurses and Dr. Yaffe (who Carolyn trained in the operating room years ago - so he was on his toes.) We gratefully decline flowers, and ask that memoriam donations be made in Carolyn's name to the Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1M3, or the Children's Wish Foundation, 350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J2.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 24, 2012

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Hi Jackie, I was very sad to hear of the passing of your mom, my deepest condolences to you. I remember when your mom and I worked at the adult ed in Beausejour, we quickly became friends. She was a joy to talk with. I thought of her many times over the years. Much love and hugs are sent your way during this time of sorrow. - Posted by: Sharon Fenk (friend) on: Mar 28, 2012

  • Jackie, I was so sad when Jolene called me to let me know your mom had passed. I did have a visit with her 3 years ago in the St. Boniface Hospital. We had such a good visit, talked about you kids and times when you were growing up. Even though I am not living close to you to visit, I think of the good times in Dugald and laugh at some of the times when you, Jolene, Lisa and Leanne were growing up. Anyway, Jackie I am thinking of you and will see you tomorrow. - Posted by: Heather Gillespie (Friend) on: Mar 27, 2012

  • So sad that my dear friend has lost her battle and know that you all have a huge void in your lives - my thoughts are with you all and my memories of my "blue eyed, pink cheeked" little buddy will live on with me. - Posted by: LIz Cullingham (Friend) on: Mar 26, 2012

  • Hi Jackie, Our deepest condolences to you. I know it was really hard for Carolyn the past few years and I just remember the last time I saw her out at the lake and the laughs we had about old times. Her cousins always looked up to her and aspired to be like her. We will all miss her very much. - Posted by: Stan and Anita Daneman (family) on: Mar 25, 2012

  • I was shocked to read Carolyn's obituary this morning. heart goes out to you at this time of loss. I know how much your mom loved you and you loved her. Even though she went through some very difficult times, we always had great conversations whenever I called her. She will truly be missed by all who knew her. - Posted by: Linda Kwiatkowski (friend/former neighbour) on: Mar 25, 2012

  • Hi Jackie, Jeff and I would like to offer our condolences on the loss of your Mom. We have fond memories of her, and remember her as always friendly and welcoming, she always had a smile on her face... Take care Jackie! - Posted by: Cheryl Hemmett (Friend) on: Mar 24, 2012

  • Dear Jackie We were saddened to hear from Karen that Carolyn had passed away. We will miss her and her friendly smile and laughter. Our prayers are with you. Chris and Bob - Posted by: Christine and Bob McKay (friends and neighbours in Dugald) on: Mar 24, 2012

  • To Carolyn's family-We never saw a lot of a Carolyn but ALWAYS had an extreme amount of laughs when we were together !! We know she struggled through some demoralizing medical problems but she still was able to laugh and give you a hug when she saw you. Take care - You will have many fond memories of her. - Posted by: alan and bernice lucko (friends) on: Mar 24, 2012

  • I love my Auntie Carolyn very much. I have fond memories of her laugh and her stories. She was a philosopher, and I enjoyed that about her as well. Some great life lessons were taught to me by her. Love you forever Auntie Carolyn. - Posted by: Dawna Ferrari (Shaw) (Niece) on: Mar 24, 2012

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