Shannon Kim “Sam”
Shannon Kim Burnstad known by most as “Sam” passed away in Stettler, Alberta with her family by her side on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at the age of 46 years. Shannon was born on March 6, 1966 in Drumheller, Alberta the eldest daughter of Harvey and Judy Christensen. The family moved to the Fenn community in 1973 where she attended Big Valley School. She then continued on to high school in Stettler where she graduated in 1984. Two years later Shannon attended Red Deer College and graduated with her Secretarial Science Diploma. During her school years, Shannon loved to participate in sports and excelled at most with her favorite being volleyball. She was involved in the local Wild and Wooly 4-H Sheep Club and later the 4-H sewing club. For years Shannon had a table at the Christmas Craft Fair in Big Valley where she would sell many items she made. She enjoyed doing handy work and also loved to visit with the people who stopped at her table. In 1991, Shannon married her childhood sweetheart Tim Burnstad. The pair were inseparable doing everything together from farming to hunting. One of Shannon’s favorite places to go was Carrot Creek. She loved the tranquility, the sounds, the view; she would talk about each visit for months, and could hardly wait to go back. Shannon was very passionate about keeping in touch with family, friends and neighbors and a good visit with her was always guaranteed. In March of 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Shannon’s fight was as inspiration to us all. She never lost her zest for life or her sense of humor. She could always make you laugh during every visit. Even though she has left us, she will remain forever in our hearts. She has left behind a legacy of courage, friendship and love. We’ll miss you Sam. Shannon is survived by her loving husband Tim Burnstad, parents Harvey and Judy Christensen, sisters and brother Tracey (Gerard) Forde, Kenny Christensen and Jolene (Wayne) Hall, mother-in-law Yvonne Burnstad (Les), brothers-in-law Bill Burnstad and Brice (Shelly) Burnstad and sister-in-law Marilee (Dale) Colp. She also leaves her nieces and nephews; Kaitlin, Marley, Joshua, William, Joel and Jara. She is also survived by many other relatives and so many very dear friends. A funeral service to celebrate Shannon’s life was held at the Brennen Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. with her dear friend Philip Jarmin leading the service. Family and friends then gathered in the Brennen Funeral Home reception area for a time of fellowship and reminiscing. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Shannon, memorial contributions may be made to the Stettler Health Services Foundation, S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance or to the Lakeview Cemetery, Fenn, Alberta in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO, who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403.742.3315. Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at www.brennenfuneralhome.com.