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Date of Passing: Aug 30, 2020

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(nee SYCH)
1935 - 2020

Irene Antony, a homemaker and life-long resident of MacNutt, SK and West St. Paul, MB, passed away quietly on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at the age of 85, while enjoying the comfort of her home in West St. Paul, MB.
Irene is survived by her husband, David Antony; her children, Dennis, Carol, Bradley and Myles Antony; her grandchildren, Amy Antony, Sydney Breckman Antony and Jeremy Settee; her daughters-in-law, Judy Antony and Jodi Breckman; her siblings, Orest, Don and Russell Sych, Cathy Zawatsky and Anastasia Yereniuk; her brothers-in-law, Mike Sas, Taras Monastyrski, Claire Zawatsky, Roman Yereniuk, Andrew, Nick, Tom and Harry Antony; her sisters-in-law, Stella, Sharon and Ellen Sych, Margaret, Stella, Elizabeth, Evelyn and Marilyn Antony; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Anne Sych (nee Pasieka); father, Wasyl Sych; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Vera and George Antony; sisters, Sylvia and Ollie; and brother Peter; brothers-in-law, Steve and Mike Antony; and sisters-in-law, Monica Sych and Lena Antony.
She was born and raised in Maybridge, Saskatchewan where she grew up with eight siblings in a three bedroom house and then married her best friend and great love, David on July 12, 1957. She raised four children together with her husband in the farming community of MacNutt, SK. With her husband, they maintained a mixed farm and no one could top her work ethic; her work ethic was in a league of its own. In her later years, she became a grandmother to three grandchildren, whom she doted on. Irene loved people and staying connected - enjoying visits and telephone conversations. Her hobbies included sewing beautiful clothes, crocheting gorgeous blankets and sweaters, and always sharing textile goods to those in need. Her hands were rarely still. She collected Ukrainian and porcelain dolls. She also shared her love for food and cooking with others such as her apple pie and homemade varenyky. Irene could always be found picking berries (and knew the best spots), gardening, or creating a hearty meal and generously sharing with those around her. This is the reason for her many freezers.
For many years, she dedicated countless hours supporting philanthropic and local endeavours which included volunteering at the church, lady's group (recreation board), and MacNutt Community Centre. It suited her servant heart. She did it because it was the right thing to do, and aligned with her untiring and charitable nature. Irene had a very dry sense of humour and one that only few knew. This was where her softness shined. She often kept "Gido on his toes" and when challenged a half smirk would reveal itself.
Family was everything to "Baba". She lived and breathed for family. One could attest that this was Irene's reason for living. She would quite literally do anything for her family, when or when not asked. She just knew. Irene had a knack for connecting people through her cooking. She was also very happy and responsive to her many family requests for holubsty. Cooking wasn't just a pastime, it was a conduit for so many other reasons. Her food was healing. Her cooking often brought the family together, through a meal she tirelessly prepared. She was known to send care packages across the prairies when her food was requested. She just knew what to do.
Her husband, children, grandchildren and family already miss her but know she is no longer suffering. You are already so greatly missed. Rest peacefully. Good night, sweet Irene.
In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to make a donation in Irene's name to the local United Way.
We plan to gather and celebrate her life on Saturday, September 5, 2020, prayers at 3:00 p.m. at Glen Eden, 4477 Main St., Winnipeg. There will be graveside service on Wednesday, September 9 at Glen Eden Cemetery starting at 2:00 p.m. with lunch and fellowship to follow. Open-air service and social distancing will be in place. Because of Covid-19 rules, please contact or call or text at 204-299-6713.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 03, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Our condolences to the entire Antony family on your loss of your wife/mom. The time I spent with your family while deer hunting in MacNutt stands out in my mind to this day. I couldn't have been more welcome other than the weather. It's been quite a few years and time passes so quickly but special people and special places stay with you forever. Irene was one of those special people. Wishing you all the best. Fred and Kathy - Posted by: Fred Hnytka and Kathy Fisher (Friends) on: Sep 08, 2020

  • I truly wish we were able to attend during this difficult time. Auntie Irene will be greatly missed. All our love to the Antony and Sych family. Sending virtual hugs and will be with you watching the live stream. ❤️ - Posted by: Sheena Klotz and family (Niece ) on: Sep 05, 2020

  • My condolences to the Antony family. I met Dave & Irene when the Station opened many years ago. Just chatted on many occasions playing KENO. I also was from a small community in the Interlake and we always just compared how things and people used to be. I've not seen Dave & Irene for a long time however; I enjoyed our chats and when I did last see Irene I know she struggled with some health issues. I know her family will miss her dearly. Irene RIP. 🙏 - Posted by: Vicki (A casino acquaintance...Mcphillips St Station) on: Sep 03, 2020

  • Dave & Family, we are so very sorry to hear of Irene's passing. We have many fond memories of our visits at "work". Sending you all warm hugs and our prayers at this difficult time. XOXOXO, Eternal Rest Irene. Vichnaya Pamyat. - Posted by: Steve, Bonnie, Wayne & Gerry Novak (Friends) on: Sep 03, 2020

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