NORTH BROOKFIELD- Shirley Ann Kokansky, 78, passed away on December 21, 2018 during a brief hospitalization; her body was unable to sustain life but her spirit will live on forever. She died peacefully at UMass Memorial Medical Center surrounded by family and some of her favorite music.
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She was born on on November 2, 1940 to the late Romeo & Mary (McHugh) Beauregard; grew up in North Brookfield and attended North Brookfield High School. Shirley later attended beauty school and worked as a hair dresser; once she decided to start a family, she opened Shirley K’s Beauty Salon as owner and operator. She spent the rest of her working life enjoying the company of her customers as much as doing their hair. Shirley loved relaxing in the sun, connecting on Facebook, and playing “Words with Friends”. She found a new love for country music- thanks to her favorite TV show, “American Idol”. Shirley was a life-long friend to many and routinely took time for lunch dates, planning class reunions, playing pitch, and going to the casino. But the most important thing in the world to Shirley was her family. She found her joy in watching her children and grandchildren grow up and thrive and sharing in their accomplishments.
Her husband, Ronald Kokansky, died in 2003. Shirley is survived by her five children: Marc Kokansky (and his wife Nina), Kim Pasini (and her husband John), Lynn Murphy (and her husband Tom), Sue Cristman, and Amy Howard (and her husband Justin); her sister, Barbara Powers; her sister-in-law, Joan DeMone; her ten precious grandchildren as well as step-grand/great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and close friends. She was pre-deceased by her two brothers, Richard and Albert, and other lifelong friends.
Friends and family are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, December 28,2018 from 4-7PM in Pillsbury Funeral Home 44 Gilbert St. North Brookfield. The funeral will be held on Saturday with a Mass at 11:00AM in St. Josephs Church 296 N.Main St. in North Brookfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley’s memory can be made to The Friends of the North Brookfield Town House 215 North Main St., PO Box 12, North Brookfield MA 01535 or to UMass Memorial Heart & Vascular Center. For an online tribute and guestbook please visit: Pillsburyfuneralhome.com