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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  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,  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.

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  1. Susan Purdie (nee Umbach) :

    I wish to express my condolences to all the Umbach family inthe loss of your mother, sister and grandmother. My parents were Russell and Frances Umbach and I know our parents knew each other.

    my sympathy to you all.

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  2. The Walter family would like to express our condolences to Irene’s family and friends at this time of sadness.

    We will remember Aunt Irene as one of our favorite aunts, who reminded us so much of our mother Marg. We have many fond memories of them telling stories and laughing together for hours while we were growing up. We remember how much fun all of the sisters had at the family gatherings.

    Unfortunately, we are not able to attend the services on Sunday, but our thoughts will be with her and her family.

    With love from:
    Bud, Cindy&Kris&Braden

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  3. Brian Roberts :

    Dear Judy, Tom, Don, Rick and families,
    I would like to send my condolences to all of you for the loss of your mother. I did not know Irene well and had not seen her for a number of years, but any time that I was in her present, she always made me feel very welcome.
    My sincere sympathy,

    Brian Roberts

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  4. Nancy Van Allen and Mike Bardell :

    We are long-time, good friends of Don and Jill Umbach and were deeply saddened to learn of Irene’s passing.

    Having lost two mothers ourselves, we understand the loss that Don and Jill are now facing. It is a most difficult time for her sons, as well as for all her family and friends.

    We reside in Vancouver, otherwise we would most certainly attend Irene’s funeral to share our deepest condolences in person to Don, Jill and family.

    Our very best goes out to all of you…

    Mike, Nancy, Kodi and Keetu

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  5. Wayne & Bernice Leask :

    Judy, Tom, Don and Rick, and families.
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mom. Sorry we did not make it to her service; our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Hopefully we will see some or all of you in the near future.

    Wayne & Bernice Leask

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  6. Don, Jill – sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences.

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  7. Donna Rodgers :

    Judy, Tom, Don, Rick and Families

    Deepest sympathy of the Loss of Your Mother. We were unable to attend the service as we had Mom’s 80th Birthday Celebration Sunday.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

    Doug and Peggy Rodgers
    Donna, Wayne and Family

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  8. Don & Jill. I was very sorry to hear of your loss. My sympathy and thoughts are with you.

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