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Born: Dec 08, 1927

Date of Passing: Nov 15, 2020

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December 8, 1927 - November 15, 2020

Surrounded by her children and grandchildren, Marie Irene Fonseth passed away at Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre, at the age of 92.
Irene was predeceased by her husband (Ray); mother (Valeria); father (John); and sister (Helen). She is survived by her daughter Karen; her son Keith (Nikki) and her grandchildren, Kendall and Cassie; Maricel, who was like a granddaughter to her; and her niece Christine (and family).
Irene was born in Woodridge, MB and later moved to Winnipeg, MB. The most cherished and purposeful part of her lifetime was being a mom at home for Karen and Keith, and then the absolute joyfulness that came with being grandma to Kendall and Cassie. Irene had a love and passion for the country that included trips out to Woodridge and Teulon. She had a love that was absolute for creation that kept her gardening, working in the yard, blueberry picking in the peacefulness of the woods amongst nature. She would pick baskets of blueberries as we were in awe at the speed and precision of her abilities. When she wasn't outside enjoying the bliss of nature with her children, she was inside making the household the warmest home environment possible. Cooking, baking, painting, laughing, entertaining, she was always doing something that she felt would make her family happier.
Irene also had a great love for animals. We forever had a stray or lost animal she had rescued in our home. Sometimes more than one. We were never quite sure what visitors in need may be in our home when we got home from school. Mom was always there nursing whoever needed her back to health. She had a deep warmth and tenderness for those that were vulnerable, that she carried with her through her entire life.
In her later years in life, she cherished her time with her children, grandchildren and Maricel.

We will always remember when one of us walked in your doorway Mom, how you would brighten up, smile that delightful smile,
and raise your arms for one of your
wonderful hugs. Rest peacefully Mommy.

The family would like to thank the Simkin Centre for the loving care of Mom, trying to always making her secure and comfortable. She loved the staff who became like extended family to all of us during these challenging times, particularly those last difficult days.
A memorial service will be announced.
In lieu of flowers, those who would like to honour Mom's memory with a charitable gift are invited to make a contribution to the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre, the Winnipeg Humane Society, or a charity of your choice.

Revelation 21:3, 4 We will see you in paradise.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • DEAR KAREN, KEITH AND FAMILY, Sending prayers and comforting hugs on the passing of mom. Mom has joined Dad in heaven. Irene, was one of my oldest clients, will miss her at tax time. Jan Rochelle (friend tax lady) - Posted by: JAN ROCHELLE (FRIEND/TAXLADY) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • I have such wonderful memories of Irene who was such a good friend of my parents (Roland & Alfreda Beaudin) at Lions’ Place and later with my Dad (Roland Beaudin) at the Cathedral Manor. I often had the opportunity to visit Irene at both residences. I remember vividly driving out to Woodbridge with my Dad & Irene to pay respect to her deceased parents and a great lunch at a local restaurant. She was such a calm, cool and collected grand lady. - Posted by: GILBERTE (BEAUDIN) GUILLEMINOT (FRIEND) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Lifelong Friends; My Sister Doreen was a bridesmaid at her wedding. It was there that she met Victor Billson, Ray's bestman, Vic & Doreen married in September 1953. May They All Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Alex Orban (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

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