It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Irene Ochotta of Edmonton, Alberta. Irene passed away peacefully at Grey Nuns Hospital at the age of 94. She is survived by her 3 sons, David (Elizabeth), Peter (Darlene), and Emil (Bin); 6 grandchildren, Sam, Stephen, Andrew, Mike, Nicholas, and Annabelle; sister Ollie; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her ex-husband, Nick in 2009.

Irene was born Irene Shandro on March 21, 1926 and raised on a farm near Shandro, Alberta. Her parents were Stefan Shandro and Sofia Shandro (Chorny). The Shandro-Bodnar clan, as Irene referred to it, included 15 children of Stefan and his first wife (Anastasia), 6 children of Sofia and her first husband (Michael Bodnar), and then 3 daughters from Stefan and Sofia: Rose, Irene, and Ollie. Ollie is the last surviving of the 24 siblings.

In her earlier days, after doing her chores, Irene enjoyed sports, dancing, and singing. She loved to sing in the choir at the Orthodox church. Later, she continued her singing at the Crossroads Christian Assembly – where she also became very involved in many roles, including being a founding member and an elder. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in her name to the Crossroads Christian Assembly.

Due to Covid restrictions, Irene will be interred at a private family gathering. Family and friends may join by virtual attendance by viewing the livestream on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 11:00 am at https://distantlink.com/SerenityES.html.

Photos, memories, and condolences may be shared through Serenity Funeral Service at www.serenity.ca.


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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Ashanis’ Family

Sister Irene was a remarkable God’s general. She was an example of dedication to God and commitment to the body of Christ. She used her gifts of the Holy Spirit artistic and writing talents to bless the church. I still have the silver necklace/pendent, personalized cards and messages… she sent to me as my “Secret Sister” a few years back.
May the Lord comfort her family and the church.
May her gentle and generous soul rest in peace.

Tony. Toby, Sophie,Jed , Anne and our families Stefure

Aunty Irene and her boys and families. We are always thinking of you and we send you our sorrows.

Tony. Toby, Sophie, Anne and our families Stefure

We send our utmost love to our beloved Aunt Irene. And to Irenes boys and their family. We loved your mother, she taught us the word of the Lord and forr that, we are so grateful. One day out camping, we sang, Goodnite Irene, Goodnite Irene. I’ll see you in my dreams. Goodnite Irene, we love you.

Lorna Fisher

My deepest condolences to Irene’s family and friends. May her memory bring you peace in the days to come. With love, Lorna

Claudia Kowalchuk

It was with great sorrow that I heard of the passing of my “aunt” Irene (for she truly was a sister to my mother, Rita). I just watched this beautiful service and will always celebrate Irene’s beautiful spirit, and my memories of her. I wish all of her family peace. Claudia

Christine Harmacy

Our deepest condolences to Irene’s family. She was a part of my life since I was a little girl. She is a beloved friend, mentor, confidante and a spiritual mother to me. Our family will miss her deeply but will be reunited in Heaven someday. Her love for the Lord and for people will always be remembered and treasured.

Kent and Christine (Winch) Harmacy

Sorinolu Family

Farewell and sleep well Grandma Irene.
We love you amd we miss you. We shall meet on the resurrection day of the Saints.

Connie Hargreaves

From childhood Aunt Irene, together with her sisters and brothers, adopted our mother Rita as one of their own and played a big role in the lives of my siblings and myself. Our lives were enriched because of this, and we are saddened to know she is gone. We are sorry for your loss and send you our heartfelt condolences and love, from Connie and family

Anne and David McKelvie

To the whole family we send our condolences and love . ANNE AND DAVID MCKELVIE

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