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Born: Apr 19, 1938

Date of Passing: Jun 14, 2022

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April 19, 1938 - June 14, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Irene Loretta Rempel (nee Klassen). Irene passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Rest Haven Care Home with daughter Marita at her side.
Irene is survived by her son Farrel (Nicola), grandchildren, Erin (Todd), Nicholas (Vanessa), great-grandchildren, Mya, Hailey and Zachary; Jessica (Brahm); son Kerwin (Salvatrice), grandchildren, Kyle (Kari), great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Liam; Sabrina (Deven) great-grandchildren, Grayson and Matthew; son Martin (Helen), grandchildren, Brittni (Sean), Chad (Krista), great-grandchild Steven; daughter Marita (Rick), grandson Benjamin. She is also survived by sisters Sylvia and Teresa (Iver), brother Quentin, many nieces and nephews and friends.
Irene was predeceased by her husband Wally of 55 years; parents, Martin and Agatha Klassen; brother-in-law Peter Rempel; and sister-in-law Susan Klassen.
Irene was born in Altona, MB, on April 19, 1938. She grew up on the Klassen homestead near Gretna, MB, on the Old Post Road. Irene worked in the offices at the Fort Gary Hotel on Broadway in Winnipeg, MB. She married Waldemar Rempel on August 8, 1959 and raised their children in and around southern Manitoba. She also worked in Steinbach, MB, and area for Statistics Canada and for many years was secretary at Grace Mennonite Church where she was involved with Women in Mission. Irene also worked at Gatten Chiropractic Clinic and sewed clothing in a joint venture with a daughter-in-law and niece, Kids'R'Kute.
Playing cards was an important pastime for mom and dad, countless games played with family and friends or just the two of them, gave such great pleasure. Garage sales were also a passion. Irene attended so many, collected so much and held sales of her own numerous times, always a joy for her. This seemingly tireless lady gave to so many in a vast array of ways, volunteering was a joy for her. Her waffles at Grace Church on Valentine's Day, Christmas Ladies Aid parties, her help in the kitchen at Steinbach Mennonite Heritage Village, her able hands at The Steinbach Arts Council. Irene was always willing to wear a brightly coloured t-shirt for Pick Up and Walk in Steinbach. She saw many a patient to appointments when they were unable to drive.
Mom enjoyed many years at Lilac campground in her trailer during the summer with her serger and sewing machines in tow, as well as her trusty typewriter. Never too busy for family she cooked, sewed and worked with vigour for those she loved. Passing on recipes, she taught her children and grandchildren how to cook and bake the things they loved. Always ready for company she was ever welcoming to all and especially to her family.
Cremation has taken place and a private family ash interment service will take place at the Blumenort/Gretna Cemetery at a later date.
No memorial service is being planned for Irene Rempel as per her wishes.
- The Family

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 18, 2022

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • My parents have always appreciated the friendship they had with your Mom and Dad over all these years. They often share memories of good times they shared with your parents and even they didn’t see them often they always felt that they could pick up their friendship where they left off many years ago. May your parents-together-Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Carla Friesen (née Hildebrand) on behalf of Peter and Gert Hildebrand (Family Friends) on: Jun 19, 2022

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all, the family of Irene. Irene was our cousin- well we remember her sense of humour. She was the one who organized family gatherings and who kept us connected. She called our mom regularly when she was still able - her Aunt Annie- and mom so appreciated the cheery and chatty phone calls. The loss of a loved one is never easy. With sincere sympathy, Richard and Karin Klassen Winnipeg - Posted by: Richard and Karin Klassen (Cousins) on: Jun 18, 2022

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