May 1, 1929 – October 19, 2009
In the late evening hours of October 19, Irene slipped away painlessly and willingly and with gentle dignity as she did all things. Irene’s significant interest and great strength were her children, her family, and her church. For over twenty five years, she was a member of St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Calgary, lovingly as a member of the choir and in her later years, also as a Church Elder. All of her children and their achievements were sources of great pride and happiness to her. Irene was associated with the Calgary General Hospital for many years. Firstly, as a Registered Nursing Assistant and then as a Unit Clerk. In her retirement years she enjoyed many wonderful memories and happy moments with her sisters, traveling, cruising, and visiting the Orkney Islands to connect with her family’s Scottish heritage.
Irene is lovingly remembered and celebrated by her sisters, Dorothy Leppington and Vera Ballantyne; sister-in-law Jean Sinclair; daughters, Judy (Ken) Carter and Tracy (Glen) Homeniuk; sons, Tom (Jean) Umbach, Don (Jill) Umbach and Rick (Carolyn) Umbach; (7) grandchildren and (12) great-grandchildren.
Irene was predeceased by her husband Verdun; her parents David Sinclair and Bernice Landreth; sisters, Maisie, Marjorie, Edith, and Margaret; and brothers, Herb, Jim and Wilfred.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Giles Presbyterian Church (1102 – 23rd Avenue N.W.) on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Irene’s honour may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca. The family is grateful for the wonderful care and attention extended to our mother by her friends and the staff of Whitehorn Village Retirement Community, Brentwood Care Centre, and Unit 32 of the Foothills Hospital.
In living memory of Irene Umbach, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences