Irene Rose Margaruite Byle
Passed on September 19, 2020
IRENE ROSE MARGARUITE BYLE (nee Vandal), born September 20, 1924 in Middlechurch, MB, passed away peacefully one hour and fifty minutes before her 96th birthday on September 19th 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 honored 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), 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.
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