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Date of Passing: Jun 04, 2021

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Irene Dorothy Olson departed this world on Friday, June 4, 2021 after a short illness. Our Mother, Granny, sister and friend, Irene, died as she lived; quietly and at peace with herself. It was a full and rewarding life of 92 years.
Irene was born near Inwood, Manitoba on the Jorheim family farm and was the eighth child of a family of thirteen children. Irene relished her role as a teacher during the Second World War.
Irene lived in the Interlake area all of her life. When she married, she moved to Sandridge; only a few miles down the highway from her childhood home. Here, she raised her three children and farmed hay and dairy cattle. She then moved to Teulon after her husband's passing. There, she enjoyed her little yellow house across from the hospital.
She will be remembered as a bright light in the community for all of her volunteer work with the Sandridge Ladies Aide, the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Inwood, and at Goodwin Lodge Personal Care Home. She worked at Goodwin Lodge right up until 2019; over 30 years!
Irene was an optimist and never complained even after her stroke in last August, which left her with some disability. She moved gracefully through life's challenges. She was tough, she was funny, she was thoughtful, she was generous, and so very kind.
Irene cared about people. She enriched the lives of all who knew her. She always warmly welcomed anyone who walked through her door.
Irene is preceded in death by her loving husband of nearly 50 years, John, and her oldest son David. She will be dearly missed by her children, Linda Olson (Andrew Maurakis) and Garry Olson (Charlotte Olson). Also left to mourn her passing are her grandchildren, Melanie Mitchell (Derek Klassen) and Kelly Olson (Melanie Athayde) and her great-granddaughter Evie, the absolute apple of her eye!
Her memory will be treasured by her three sisters, Margy Fox, Alma Olson (Herman) and Violet Barker; and two sisters-in-law, Frieda Jorheim and Ingrid Jorheim, and all of her extended family.
Irene spoke fondly of all of the staff at Teulon Hospital who made her stay there so comfortable. They did everything; from styling her hair and taking her outside in the sunshine - which she loved - to setting up the much-needed computer visits with us. Our family is very grateful for the excellent care provided by her caregivers, going above and beyond in the dedication provided to her in her final days.
Those who wish to attend the funeral virtually, can watch it live-streamed on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. (Central Daylight Time) through Irene's obituary page at (photos and videos). The service will also be recorded for later viewing. Please share your memories and photos on her Memory Wall.
For those who so desire, donations in her memory can be made to the Teulon Healthcare Foundation Inc.

"Spend time.
Be kind and serve one another.
Have no regrets.
Tomorrow isn't promised and today is short."
- Autumn Ying

MacKenzie Funeral Home
204 467 2525

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 12, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Irene was always one of my favourite people. She had this wonderful calm aura that just put you at ease. Spending time with her was always so enjoyable when we would get together for church activities or community events. Her faith was evident in the way she lived her life and how she treated people. Rest In Peace Irene until we meet again. Condolences to Linda and Gary and your families. - Posted by: Margie and Robert Marsh (Friend) on: Jun 20, 2021

  • My condolences on the loss of your Mom Irene. I always remember her as a very cheerful and funny lady. I last saw her volunteering at Goodman Lodge about 7 years ago when visiting my Mom Dorothy. She still had the quick wit and sense of humor that I remembered as a child. Our love ones lost will always be apart of us forever. - Posted by: Janice Latschislaw (Hazelton) (School friend) on: Jun 15, 2021

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Irene‚Äôs family. May God's love and peace be will you. Lois and Brian Borkowsky - Posted by: Lois Borkowsky (Friend) on: Jun 13, 2021

  • The reason Irene touched so many lives and affected so many people was due to her dynamic sense of being. I will miss you. - Posted by: Derek Klassen (Family) on: Jun 13, 2021

  • Gary and Charlotte, Linda and Andrew and families, please accept our sincerest condolences. Your mother was a lovely lady and will be missed by all who knew her. May she RIP. - Posted by: Janice Morin Fred west (Friends) on: Jun 12, 2021

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