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WARD – Irene (nee Topaczewski)

November 15, 1957 – June 27, 2010

Irene Ward, wife of Kerry Ward of Calgary, passed away in her husband’s arms Sunday evening June 27th.

Irene came to Calgary from Montreal in 1988 for work (Telus) and adventure. She found the love of her life, her husband Kerry, and settled in for the next 22 years. She loved life, her family and she especially loved children. She was a gentle soul and we are so sad that she has left us.

Irene is survived by her husband Kerry Ward; her parents Lydia and Tadeusz Topaczewski; her sister Donna (Henry Presz); her brother Andrew (Chantal Croteau); her mother-in-law Vera Ward; and Kerry’s brothers, Jim (Lynda), John (Karen), Barry (Nicola), and Roland (Francis) as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Private Family Gathering will be held. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Irene’s honour may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email donorservices@cancer.ab.ca.

Please forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH. TELEPHONE: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Sandra Fields :

    Irene will always have a special place in our hearts. She will be greatly missed.

    Sandra Fields
    Montreal, Quebec

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  2. Joyce Avramenko :

    Dear Kerry
    Our deepest sympathy and our hearts goes out to you at this time Kerry. We are thinking about you. Joyce, Victor, Terry and David Avramenko

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  3. Joan Kingsmith :

    Kerry, I was so sad to hear of Irene’s passing. Seeing her always made me smile. She will be missed.

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  4. Maria Cacchione :

    My dear friend Irene,
    Full of spirit and good friends for over 30 years and will continue always.

    Only fond memories in Montreal, Calgary, camping, Knowlton, St. Sauveur, Vegas, Prince Arthur, Southern Com., Stampedes (Irene met Kerry).

    Miss you terribly.

    Kerry stay strong.

    Maria Cacchione
    Montreal

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  5. Gisele Gravel :

    Irene…when I think of you, I hear your laughter. I also remember the hot and lazy summers of our childhood; there are so many sweet memories. And as we grew up, we shared our hopes and dreams and had great times. I missed you when you bravely flew towards your destiny in Calgary and now, I shall miss you forever. Is there email in Heaven? I can hear you laughing.

    Authentic, honest, forever optimistic, thank you for having been my buddy; surely, a little piece of you is with me.

    To Irene’s family, I offer my heartfelt condolences. She left much too early. I can only imagine your sorrow.

    Hugs & kisses,
    Gisele
    Montreal

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  6. Warren and Linda Yavis :

    To Kerry and Family,
    We often talk about the days of past, when we all played ball together, and were all a great circle of friends. We will always have fond memories of Irene. I am sure God had a smile on his face…when he opened the gates to let her in, as Irene was always a beautiful, happy and uplifting woman. We can only imagine your loss.

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  7. Mary and Lorrin Mayes :

    Dear Kerry,

    We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to you, your family and Irene’s family. We will miss Irene and want you to know we are thinking of you.

    Lorrin and Mary

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  8. Deepest sympathies & prayers Kerry -Bruce Miller, 18th

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  9. william topaczewski :

    I am William Topaczewski, Irene is my aunt, she always loved me like I love her she was the only persone that I know who would always laugh and have a smile on her face. I remember every time she came over she would bring gifts we would always apreciate. So all this just to say she was almost a perfect person. Lots of love William.

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