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Born: Dec 27, 1925

Date of Passing: Aug 27, 2019

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December 27, 1925 - August 27, 2019

Peacefully, our beautiful mother Irene passed away at the age of 93.
Irene was predeceased by her husband Tod in 2005. She is survived by daughters, Cyd (Terry), Nancy (Ken) and Donna (Bill); sons, Craig and Brent; grandchildren, Julien (Meaghan), Tanis, Michael and Josie, and great-granddaughter Tèa.
Irene had a zest for life that she loved to share with family and many friends. She and Tod were always the life of the party with their great humour, singing and dancing!
Irene will be remembered for her infectious laugh, kind spirit and generous heart.
Thank you to Barb McBride for her care and compassion as well as the staff at Tuxedo Villa.
A private family interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba,

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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 30, 2019

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • So many memories over many years of knowing the Thurston family, Rene and Tod were great friends and always entertaining! Condolences to all. Janet and Terry Parker - Posted by: Janet Parker (Close friend) on: Sep 08, 2019

  • So many wonderful memories of Aunty Irene! She was a wonderful cook and hostess. A beautiful woman who was generous, witty and WOW could she sing and dance. Blessed to have had you as my Aunt. Our sincere sympathies to all the family. Love Wendy Thurston-Werry & Bill Werry - Posted by: Wendy Thurston-Werry & Bill Werry (niece) on: Sep 03, 2019

  • My heart aches for all who loved my sweet Auntie Irene, especially Cyd, Nancy, Craig, Donna, Brent. Thoughts, and prayers of comfort and healing are being sent to all of you. Your MOM was such a class act, and that wonderful laugh will echo in our hearts forever. I can picture her singing, and cooking up a storm on Lyndale. I still peel my garlic the way she taught me, way back in 1981 when I enjoyed a feast at your home. I had just started my first professional sales job at Canadian Rubber Stamp. Uncle Tod could dance up a storm like Fred Astaire, or drum up sales like no one else. Please take good care of each other during this difficult time. Love Terri Oelkers (AKA Terri Thurston, Schaefer) - Posted by: Terri Oelkers (Niece/ Goddaughter) on: Sep 02, 2019

  • My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at the time. Irene was a special lady and we had many good times together. She was always ready to extend a helping hand. A beautiful lady. We had many a laugh together! - Posted by: Gladys Oelkers (Former Sister-in-law) on: Aug 31, 2019

  • Nancy and Family just wanted to say how sorry that I am to hear about Irene’s passing. I had many many good times at lunches and dinners at Tuexdo Villa with your mom and Barb. She was a special lady, lots and lots of hugs coming your way. - Posted by: Meghan McWilliams (Friend ) on: Aug 30, 2019

  • Condolences to the family on Irene's passing, Tod & Irene were business friends enjoying some great times back in the 80s where they put many Wines and Grand Marniers on the map in this neck of the woods. - Posted by: Jeff Gill (Acquaintance) on: Aug 30, 2019

  • Memories of Irene are precious to us. She and Tod brought joy and cheer to all. What wonderful companions at the manor. - Posted by: Sister Louise and Sister Pat (Companions at St. Peter &Paul Manor) on: Aug 30, 2019

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