April 11, 1926 – October 17, 2009
It is with great sadness our family announces the passing of Irene Francesca Barbero, beloved mother, grandmother and friend. Irene passed away at the Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary on October 17, 2009 at the age of 83.
Irene was born April 11, 1926, in Cossano Belbo, Italy. In 1947 she married the love of her life, Primo. In 1957, together with her husband and young son, Irene immigrated to Canada to begin a new life in Calgary. She was predeceased by Primo, her beloved husband, in December 1982. Irene’s compassion, gentle spirit and strength of character will be greatly missed by her son Michael and his wife Marilyn, as well as her grandsons Michael and Andrew Barbero, and Irene’s daughter, Blanche MacAulay and her granddaughters Lindsay and Sara MacAulay. Irene leaves to mourn her sister Maria of Asti, Italy and her brother Domenico of Torino, Italy, along with many dear friends and adopted family members in Calgary’s Italian community. Her main joys and devotions in life were family, friends and faith. Irene loved to work with her hands, and was always happiest when gardening, knitting, crocheting, and above all, cooking. For those left behind, the memory of Irene’s simple wisdom, ceaseless generosity and enduring love will guide and inspire us forever.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19 Avenue N.W.) on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. Graveside Service to follow at St. Joseph’s Section of Queen’s Park Cemetery. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Calgary Catholic Education Foundation (1000 – 5 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2P 4T9). The family wishes to express their sincerest appreciation to the staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre and Rockyview General Hospital for the consistent kindness and care Irene and her family received these past several months.
In living memory of Irene Barbero, a tree will be planted at Fletcher Park, Airdrie by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences