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ENDICOTT, Irene (nee Petruk)

October 20, 1937 – Viking, Alberta
September 10, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Irene Endicott, beloved wife of Irwin, of Calgary, AB, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018 at the age of 80 years.

Irene was born in Viking, Alberta, on October 20, 1937, the seventh of eight children. After graduating high school, she left the family farm to earn a teaching certificate at the University of Alberta, where she would meet her future husband Irwin. They were married in August of 1957, and moved to Estevan, Saskatchewan shortly after. Daughter Rosalind was born July 1958, followed by daughter Monica in December 1959.

As one of the original “working moms”, Irene established an impressive career in education, with stops in Ryley, Radville, Estevan, Calgary, and Rocky Mountain House. She held positions as a teacher, librarian, and assistant principal, and even found time to earn a Bachelor of Education degree, and a diploma in Library Sciences. Nicknamed “Iron-Eye” for the look she would sometimes give unruly students, Irene also created a relaxed, open, and fun learning environment, and encouraged students to believe in themselves.

Throughout her life, Irene always found ways to showcase her sense of humour and creativity, including school dance decorations, golf tournament outfits and themes, Halloween costumes for her family, and silly hats at every family event. Her unwavering positivity and lighthearted outlook was infectious, and a welcome reprieve from life’s curveballs.

With the arrival of her two grandsons, no family event was without Irene and her video camera. She adored her grandsons and documented every waking moment of their childhoods. These countless hours of footage have become an amazing gift for her family.

She will be forever held in the hearts of her husband, Irwin; daughter, Rosalind; grandsons, Samuel and Mitchell; son-in-law, John; numerous close friends and relatives; and her grand-dogs, Murphy and Stella.

Irene was predeceased by her cherished daughter, Monica.

Heartfelt thanks to Irene’s close friends for their love and support over the years, and a special thanks to the staff and volunteers at Dulcina Hospice for their wonderful care.

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In living memory of Irene Endicott, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. The family will be having a Celebration of Life at a later date

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  2. Marjorie Masson :

    I was so shocked to learn of Irene’s passing. I will always remember our days at the U of C and the fun we had when getting our Education Degrees and our “skiing” adventures. That stage of our lives was so precious. Our condolences to Irwin and his family. Marge and Bill Masson

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  3. Mary L (McIntyre) Bailie :

    Irwin, Roz, Samuel Mitchell, and John
    I am so sorry for your loss
    Irene was a bright shining light in our family, always with a laugh
    and a prank. I’ll always remember her for the mega water fight we had at our
    Stampede breakfast and her acceptance of Uncle Jack calling her “Uke”
    The McIntyre family reunion at Irene and Irwins “ranch” was a hoot and a lot of work for both of them but they handled it with grace and lots of fun
    All my love

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  4. Clarence Formanek :

    I was so sad to read about Irene’s passing. I was so thankful to have had her as a teacher on my staff at Chris Akkerman School. She was a superb teacher and a wonderful person. And what a great sense of humour!
    Fay and I extend our sincere condolences for your loss.
    Clarence and Fay Formanek

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  5. Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one, Irene. We remember her so well as a fun loving neighbor and very dear friend. May each precious memory bring peace and comfort to your hearts. Jack and Rita Aries and family.

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  6. Wayne & Loretta Peterson :

    Dear Irwin and family,
    Loretta and I were saddened to hear of your loss of wife, mother and grandmother and wish to extend our sincere sympathy on your loss.

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  7. Deepest sympathy Irwin & Family

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  8. Irwin,
    Our heartfelt condolences. Irene was a special person, adopted into the McIntyre family with much happiness. Her sense of family, humor, and joy were evident on all those occasions where we interacted. Sorry that we missed some of her legendary water fights with Uncle Jack who loved her spunk and love of a good time.
    We guess that she was the glue that held the family together throughout tough times with her own health while providing tremendous support to Monica and her family during Monica’s long fight.
    We are sure that you have so many great memories that will allow you to offset the sadness of Irene’s passing.
    John, Bev McIntyre

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  9. The Kowalchuk sisters - Adele, Dolores, and Auriana :

    Auntie Irene was always so welcoming and funny. She was a very sharp card player that always made our family games exciting. We loved spending time with her whenever we could. She had an impact on each of us and we will cherish the memories we have with her.

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  10. Dear Irwin, Ron and I are deeply saddened at the loss of Irene. We have many fond memories of our times together. Irene and I spent many hours on the golf course laughing at our “prowess “ at the game. Please accept our condolences to you and your family.
    Louise Esch

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  11. Irwin & Family: My sincere condolences. I met Irene when my late husband Roy, joined the Al Azhar Shrine at a ceremonial in Banff. Irene was a great Lady and a joy to know.

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