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Born: Sep 20, 1924

Date of Passing: Sep 19, 2020

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(nee VANDAL)

Irene Byle, born September 20, 1924, in Middlechurch, MB, passed away peacefully one hour and fifty minutes before her 96th birthday on September 19, 2020, with her family at her side, at the Concordia Hospital.
The last surviving matriarch of the Vandal family, Irene, the wife of a veteran and farmer Fred who predeceased her in 2006, enjoyed working in her garden and flower beds, canning and baking and sharing with family and friends. She also had a love for their many pets over the years. Mum enjoyed sewing and her knitting, making baby outfits for every grandchild and fisherman knit sweaters for all of us. You always knew where you stood with her "tell it like it is attitude." Mum always promised us that she would be "sweet" in her old age but remained a feisty, opinionated lady making her own decisions until her passing. Mum's passion in her later years was her casino bus trips (she won her share) with her last trip being in January of 2020. She enjoyed her many trips to Calgary and Toronto to visit her daughters. Mum was recently honoured at the West St. Paul Seniors Luncheon as the oldest living born and raised West St. Paul resident.
After raising her five children, Robert (Linda), Judy (Michael), David (Emmy), Brad (Kelly) and Leslie (Teri), Mum enjoyed being a gramma most of all to Leanne (Andre), Kenton (Erin), April (Todd), Amanda (Kevin), Joel (Roslynn), Mitchell (Tiffaney) and Mark. Known as "Sugarplum Gramma" to her great-grandchildren, Sydney, Aurelia, Reid, Summer, Wade, Tatyana, Ben, Nick, Dominik, Scarlett, Ryder, Henry, Hannah, Michael and River, she was the happiest with a baby in her arms.
Our family would like to thank a very special woman who has become a part of our family forever, Merle, who was a very special friend to Mum (and her cats). Thanks to the wonderful staff on N1 at the Concordia Hospital for their compassionate care to Mum and her family. And to Kenny from Ken Loehmer Funeral Services once again for his care and compassion.
Due to Covid, Mum's final wish will be granted when it is safe for all of her family and friends to be together again for her final party.
If desired, donations in her memory can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society or a charity of your choice.

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 26, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Bob & Linda and family, sorry for your loss, condolences from Shauna and Taylor - Posted by: Shauna Klimchuk (Friend) on: Oct 16, 2020

  • MY condolences to the Byle family on your loss. - Posted by: Patrick Lennox (ISD) on: Oct 13, 2020

  • We are so sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. As one of the “older folks” who we thought would always be there she will be missed. We will always remember her visits to the pool and wish she could come one last time. It is pretty much a guarantee that she is having a great time with her family and with Georgie and Gracie too. - Posted by: Helen Balderstone and Brian Wallmann (Friend) on: Sep 30, 2020

  • Condolences from Myself and family to your family. (Tressie Johnston, Herbie Johnston, Colleen & family) - Posted by: Breena Marynewich (Friend) on: Sep 29, 2020

  • Our heartfelt condolences in the loss of Mom, Grandma, and friend. We know you will surely miss her. Comfort will come in the wonderful memories and legacy she left. Know that we are thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Hugs, love, and prayers. Jim and Marilyn - Posted by: Jim and Marilyn Anderson (Friends) on: Sep 29, 2020

  • Mrs Byle, as she was known to me, was great lady with a very real presence. As a child I always looked forward to the box of homemade candies that arrived at Christmas from the Byle house. Moms are special, no matter at what age they leave us. Sincere Sympathy to all the Byle family. Rhoda (Roehle) Whitehead - Posted by: Rhoda Whitehead (An old neighbour) on: Sep 27, 2020

  • I consider myself very fortunate to have known Fred & Irene both of whom had my deepest respect. Fortunately, I also know various members of the family & I extend my sincere condolence to all the family. Your mum will not be forgotten. - Posted by: Gord Wyatt (Friend) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • I would like to offer my condolences to all my cousins, Bob, Judy, David, Brad and your families. My memories of Auntie Irene are when we were all young kids and we visited Uncle Fred and Auntie Irene and family. She was always such a friendly person, you were warmly greeted with a big smile and made to feel welcome in her home. A very classy lady, much loved and she will be missed. - Posted by: Diane Byle Stephenson (Niece ) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Bob and Linda, so sorry to hear of your Mum's passing. Sounds like she was quite a Lady who enjoyed being around all of her Family. You must have a lifetime of memories to keep her close. Thinking of you...Rob and June - Posted by: Rob & June Donnelly (Friends) on: Sep 26, 2020

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