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