Irene Victoria Osipow


Irene Osipow, gardener, cook, worrier, dog kicker, and granny extraordinaire passed away peacefully with family by her side on Friday, March 21, 2014, the second day of spring.

She is lovingly remembered by her children Barb (Gord), Rod (Linda) and Donna (Jay) and was so proud of her 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Irene is dearly missed by her six surviving siblings: Betty, Bud (Iris), Vic (Georgina), Jim (Barb), John (Elaine) and Ralph (Pat) and many friends and relatives. She was predeceased by her husband Fred, parents Irene Walberg and Vic Shelton, sister Jean, brother Tom, brother-in-law Ed, and great grandsons Johnny, Walker and baby Seth.

Irene loved to tell friends about her family’s latest adventures and catch up on the news over coffee at her kitchen table. She was happiest holding a baby in her arms and enjoyed mowing her lawn, going to Kim’s CafĂ©, watching children’s sporting events and eating at the A&W drive-thru. She taught her grandchildren to collect eggs from her beloved chickens, love animals, make the beds just so, and to not poke their eyes out. Never one for the water, she nonetheless collected rocks from the Macleod River with them and inspired their love for her favourite flowers: roses, sweet peas and geraniums. She managed to make each of us feel special and loved in her own way and we are so thankful for her gift of love.

An avid member of the Peers community for the past 67 years, Irene had an encyclopaedic memory of the families that have grown up in the area and the roads to get where she needed to be. Friends would see her wave in a blur as she sped along the highway in her Blue Bullet or Silver Rocket; we could call her any time for directions and she would know exactly where to go. Irene truly loved the Peers and Edson community and served many dinners and sewed many grad and wedding dresses for friends.

Irene, you will truly be missed.

Please join us as we celebrate her life at 1:30 pm on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Beaver Meadow Hall (drive on Hwy 16, turn North at Niton Junction, drive approximately 14 km, turn left on Range Road 122A and go 7.4 km to hall), a special place where she worked, volunteered and watched her kids compete for many years.

If friends so wish, donations may be made to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. She would have loved it if you performed a random act of kindness, took your kids out for ice cream or planted a rose in her memory.

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Louise Everest

Irene was a bright spot in my life for years and for this I am eternally thankful. Her laugh was wonderful and her hugs better. Heartfelt condolences to her families at Peers & Edson.
Louise (Roll) Everest

Karen Schaffer

I loved this woman so much. She always made me laugh. She let me hunt on her land for many yrs and when I would have coffee with her, she always had stories to tell. I last seen her in December and when I sat with her, she had open toed slippers. I thought she would be warmer with some fuzzy slippers. I went to bring them to her, but she wasn’t home. So I opened the door and left them on the first steps to her kitchen. The next week I came by and the first thing she said was when she got home, her friend took her in the house and they saw the slippers. I guess her friend asked where did they come from. She said Karen got them for me I bet. I am glad she got those slippers that kept her feet warm through the winter. She had a heart of gold and she will never be forgotten.
P.S She also had the best eggs EVER!!!!!!

Linda Wells

I was saddened to hear of Irene’s passing. What a wonderful Joyous person she was. I know that she is just as happy and peaceful and full of life as she transcends this earthly realm and joins her Spiritual family in her next journey..Love, hugs, light and life..with sincere condolences. Linda

tanya dixon

My condolences to Irene’s family and friends she was a great great lady and will be missed by the many people she touched along her journey of life take care


As a child I was fortunate to have spent some time at the farm with Irene. These are fantastic memories that I will always hold dear to my heart. Although I was not one of her grandchildren, she welcomed me in to her home as if I were. This city girl learned how to get eggs from the chickens, feed the turkeys and pluck chicken feathers. I remember her home as a loving, vibrant environment that smelled like fresh baked bread. Grandma Irene had a kind heart, she was spunky and full of life and lots of fun to be around. My condolences to her family. She has left a big hole in the world and will be missed greatly.

Michelle Duiker (Stewart)

Barb Phillips

I extend my sympathy to the family as you grieve the loss of Irene. I remember Irene with much fondness for her tireless work in the community and her uncanny ability to remember everyone. Irene had such a caring manner and will be missed by family and friends.

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