Mrs. Shirley Orok (nee Carpenter), 95 years old, resident of Pioneer Ridge in Thunder Bay, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
She is survived by four adult children: Kevin Orok of Thunder Bay, Calvin Orok of White River, Jan Mior (Derrick) of Thunder Bay, and Bruce Orok (Rowena) of Athens, ON. There are eight surviving grandchildren: 4 granddaughters Serena Orok (Lorne), Julie Orok, Danielle Mior, and Ashley Mior; and 4 grandsons Shayne (Ali) Orok, Justin Orok, Max Orok (Mikaela), and Gavin Orok. There are two great grandchildren: Olivia and Chace, children of Serena.
Shirley is also survived by her sister-in-law Natalie Carpenter of Rossyln in Thunder Bay, and six Carpenter nephews and one niece, across Canada (Murray, Scott, Bradley, Ian, Delray, Jerry and Holly Carpenter). Shirley is also survived by her sister-in-law Kay Orok, and nieces Bonnie Cornell, Barbara Bates-Kaario, Karen Orok, and nephew Alan Orok, and their families.
Shirley is predeceased by her loving husband Harry Orok, and brothers Ken and Ross Carpenter.
Shirley was born in January 1928 in Winnipeg to parents Kenneth and Alma Carpenter, and the original family home in Thunder Bay was on the Fort William side on Harkness Street. Harry and Shirley Orok’s family home was for several decades on Victoria Avenue across from the Friendship Gardens. Shirley also was the champion of her family’s long time house camp at Sandy Beach on Lake Superior, where her family resided every summer for many decades and frequented Chippewa Park. Harry and Shirley were married 64 years.
Shirley Orok played piano as a girl and was a lifelong member and supporter of St. Paul’s Anglican Church. She was an expert typist and worked as a legal secretary after graduating from FWCI in Thunder Bay. For the family accounting practice, she was a secretary, receptionist, office manager, bookkeeping assistant, and seasoned stock picker, for several decades. Shirley continued to work and drive daily and travel until her eighties.
Shirley’s hobbies were numerous, including expert knitting, baking (legendary cheese straws), large family meals with her fine china, gardening, bridge, solitaire, family trips to Duluth and Grand Portage.
Arrangements entrusted to Jenkens Funeral Home. Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held in Thunder Bay in May 2023.
The family would like to thank the professional support staff at her residence at Pioneer Ridge for such wonderful care for their elder for several years.
Donations will be welcome in Shirley Orok’s name to St. Paul’s Anglican Church and The Alzheimer Society.