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Date of Passing: Apr 15, 2010

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IRENE PAUL (nee STADNYK) 1940 - 2010 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Irene Paul (nee Stadnyk) on April 15, 2010. Irene will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters and their families; Heather (Dave) and their children Morganne, Ethan and Raegan; Susan (Marek) and their daughter Vivien; and Linda (Jon) and their children Liam, Edie and Charlie. Irene was predeceased by her husband Gilbert Paul, and her mother Mary Stadnyk. Irene is survived by her brother Gordon (Janet) and her nieces Dawn and Jackie. Irene also leaves behind her extended family in Alert Bay, B.C., the Sanborns and the Stadnyks. Iker will also be greatly missed by her college roomies, Judy, Bev and Gail. After graduating from Daniel Mac High School, Irene joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, where she proudly served her country, and where she met and fell in love with Gilbert. Mom attended the University of North Dakota, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree. She formed and cherished lifelong friendships with her college roomies with whom she travelled the world. Irene and Gilbert met in 1962 and married two years later. In 1968, Irene and Gilbert spent a year at Texas A M where she officially became a Texas Aggie and, where she completed her Masters degree in Education. Upon their return to Winnipeg, Irene and Gilbert bought Lone Pine Farm where they farmed and spent the summer months. In 1981 they built their house, left Fort Garry and made the farm their permanent home. Irene was very active in her community, volunteering for the Pan Am Games, the Silver Broom, and the Ford World Curling Championships. She was looking forward to volunteering at the upcoming CN Women's Open golf tournament in August. Mom especially enjoyed her involvement with the Army Navy Air Force (ANAF) Unit #372 in Elie, where she served as President and the ANAF, Unit #283 in Winnipeg where everybody knew her name. Irene loved teaching and farming. She spent countless hours combining during harvest time, helping her neighbours with their crops, and helping maintain the equipment. She enjoyed gardening and devising strategies to keep the deer out of her garden and the squirrels out of her bird feeders. Mom was an avid curler, competing at a professional level in Winnipeg, culminating with a trip to Edinborough, Scotland to curl. Mom delighted in teaching her daughters the ins and outs of the sport and later, her grandchildren. Irene loved to golf and fish and had taken up snooker at the ANAF in most recent years. Mostly, mom enjoyed having a morning coffee or a beer at happy hour at the Starbuck Hotel. Some of Mom's fondest memories were times spent with her college roomies, marvelling at World Heritage sites, getting speeding tickets throughout Europe and South America, and relaxing with the girls at Victoria Beach or on the links. Irene was an extremely talented woodworker, making childhood toys for her girls and, in recent years, making furniture to fill their homes. Mom could make anything; from sewing Halloween costumes for her grandchildren, to designing and building closet organizers, bookshelves, and drapes to mention a few. Leave it with me , she would say. She made countless meals for her family and was always baking or canning something. Irene could do anything and she would. Mom was always doing something for someone or she was on her way to Winnipeg, Edmonton or Abbotsford to help out with her grandchildren or visit with her girls. Mrs. Paul was a teacher for life, working as a substitute teacher at Hutterite colonies in her community and at other schools close to home. Most of her teaching time was spent at St. Paul's Collegiate in Elie, where she made lasting friendships with her colleagues and where she made an impression on the lives of many of her students. Mom dedicated her life to her family and created a loving home. She was a wonderful Grandma and if she wasn't doing something for her grandchildren, she was talking about them and thinking about them. Mom was a very generous and thoughtful woman and was always available to lend a hand or listen. Her girls only had to call to hear I'm on my way. The family would like to thank our neighbours, Tannis and Grant, for being such great friends and for always checking in on Mom. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at the ANAF Unit #283 at 3584 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3K 0Z8. Donations in Irene's name may be made to the ANAF Unit #283. NEIL BARDAL INC. (204) 949-2200

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 19, 2010

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • I met Irene at Daniel MacIntyre Collegiate in the 10th grade. I joined the summer session of the Air Force in the 11th Grade. In 1964, when she was preparing to marry Gil she asked me to sew her wedding dress - which I did. I don't have a picture of her wedding - due to my husband, 2 year old son and I moving. If you could send me one I would treasure it - to 712 Fiero Lane, #33, San Luis Obispo, California 93401 - Irene was also a strong, happy person - I remember her as a good friend. In reading her obituary - she had such a full life - and I remember how much she loved GIL. Sincerely Karol Koobay Berkefeld - Posted by: Karol Koobay Berkefeld (High School Friend - Daniel MacIntyre Colegiate) on: Jan 03, 2013

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