November 16, 1931 – June 6, 2020
at the age of 88 years
It is with great sorrow that the family of Kathereen Kate (Katie) announce her passing on June 6th, 2020 at 88 years of age. Katie was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, David Ernest Shunter (Dave), by a few short weeks. The family and friends of Katie and Dave take comfort in the fact that they are together again.
Katie Shunter was born Kathereen Kate Hook on November 16th, 1931 to loving parents William (Bill) and Julia Hook. Katie grew up on a farm in Canyon, B.C. along with her eleven siblings. Katie was known to be the beauty of the Creston Valley High School and she caught the eye of Dave Shunter, the All-Star athlete. The high school sweethearts married July 19th, 1952.
Katie was an amazing hostess and the backbone of Dave’s social and educational successes. In her own right, she ran a successful art gallery in Cranbrook, opened a clothing store in Summerland, raised three wonderful children, and was integral to Penticton’s Amigos of Mexico Club as the Secretary Treasurer and as a founding member. She was the heartbeat and rock of her family. She was her husband‘s first and only love. She was a caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She is forever loved.
Katie is predeceased by her parents, Bill and Julia Hook, and her siblings: Mary (decd. Jack) Zackodnik, Tassie (decd. Pete) Yanko, Helen (decd. Mike) Schubert, Mike (decd. Nancy) Hook, Anne Jordan, Peter (Chris) Hook, Stella (decd. Red) Hodgson, Pauline (decd. Earl) Ambrose, and Bill (Joan) Hook.
Katie is survived by her children: Wayne (Elaine) Shunter, Murray (Lynne) Shunter, Diane (Tim) Zotzman; her grandchildren: Genevieve Shunter, Justin Durand, Tanin (Cassandre) Shunter, Trestan (Rhianne) Shunter, Melissa (Aaron) McCoy, Michael (Ashley) Zotzman; and her great grandchildren: Brooklyn and Braxton McCoy.
Katie is also survived by her younger siblings, Betty Roper and Jerry (Beth) Hook, as well as her sisters-in-law: Marjorie (decd. Jerry) Dobrovolny, Sandra (Tom) Koochin, and Lynne (ex. Noel) Donohoe.
Katie will be missed by all that knew her, but the memory of her sparkling smile, her quick wit, her sense of humour, and her unconditional love will live on in our hearts forever.
*Due to COVID 19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life for Katie and Dave Shunter is planned on July 17th, 2021 in Penticton, B.C. More details tba. In the meantime, friends and family can connect to “Katie Shunter’s Celebration of Life” at the Facebook link listed below:
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