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NELSON – Irene Mary

July 12, 1944 – November 15, 2009

Irene Mary Nelson, beloved wife of Vernon Nelson of Calgary, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at the age of 65 years.

Born in Olds, Alberta on July 12, 1944, Irene moved with her family to Calgary in 1959. Irene enjoyed many crafts and was an Avid Knitter. Throughout her lifetime, she won many contests and awards for her impeccable knitting. Those of us who knew and loved her, will always remember and wonder, how she could watch TV or Socialize while knitting and never miss a stitch!

Irene is survived by her loving husband, Vernon; son, Stephen and daughter, Cathy; her cherished grandchildren, Frankie, Chantelle and Cassidy; brother Glen Rogers; sister, Lila (Ken) Stewart as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was predeceased by her brother Gordon Rogers and her parents, Charles and Mildred Rogers.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to all the staff of Unit 47 in the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, for their kindness, compassion and the wonderful care they provided for Irene.

A Celebration of Irene’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W.), on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. You may forward condolences through

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433.

In living memory of Irene Nelson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Frank and Doreen Walz and Family :

    Vern and Steven and Cathy we are so deeply saddened by the loss of a Great Mom and Grandmother. She will be deeply missed by all of us. We will miss all the beautiful stitchery work she did and showing everyone the great pictures she could make. Also the beautiful yard she had with all of her ornaments and flowers she planted in her yard. We will always be thinking of her.

    Frank and Doreen and Family

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  2. Vern, Steven and Cathy we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful Mother, Wife and Grandmother. Her great sense of humor and wonderful spirit will be sadly missed by all of us that knew her. Call us if you need anything!

    The Duchscher Family

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  3. Sharon Schroeder :

    Vern, Steven and Cathy: My family and I are sending you & Irene’s family lots of love and light and know that the angels are with you comforting you. Just ask for their help. We LOVE you & would love to have you as apart of our family.
    The Schroeder Family

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  4. It is with great saddness I send my deepest condolences to Vern, Stephen, Cathy, Frankie, Chantelle and Cassidy. Growing up I have many fond memories with the Nelson family camping, skidooing and just hanging out in your home (usually Cathy and I torchering Stephen). As I think back to these fond memories I can’t ever think of a time when I saw Irene mad. This keeps going over and over in my mind because now as a mother myself I know how easily kids can work on your last nerve yet for as much time as I spent with you all I can’t even think of how Irene looks when she was mad because I never seen it. Amazing lady!!! It has been a few years since I have seen her but I can still hear her laugh. I have one of her very special cross stich pieces she had given me for my wedding and I will always hold it dear to my heart. It’s a very sad time!! If there is anything I can do for any of you PLEASE let me know, I would love to help in any way.
    Love Dian Kimmel( Steinmuller)

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  5. Brenda Kardash (Steinmuller) :

    Vern, Stephen, Cathy, Frankie, Chantelle and Cassidy. I am very sorry to hear about Irene’s passing. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed. Growing up she was a special neighbor who has touched many hearts and changed lives for the better. We are all better for knowing her.
    Love Brenda Kardash (Steinmuller)

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  6. To Vern, children & grandchildren, Glen and Lila and families: I was shocked to hear of Irene’s illness and sudden passing. She always called me her “little cousin”, and I will long remember our times growing up and our trip overseas. She had such a great time dancing at Darrell’s wedding, and that is how I shall keep her memory in my heart. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to all.

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