It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Irene Strandquist on July 25, 2018 at the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Centre, Blairmore, AB. She was 67 years of age.
Born and raised in the Crowsnest Pass, Irene appreciated the beauty of the area and she took every opportunity to spend time outdoors, whether it be walking, tending her garden, or going camping. She also enjoyed baking, knitting, and going shopping, as well as listening to Elvis music and watching “The Young and the Restless”. Irene was a social butterfly who loved any activity that involved being with people – especially if those people were her family. She treasured time spent with them, and was very proud of each of them. Hearing her say, “I’ll love you nine and two” always made them smile and feel special. Irene gave so much to so many and asked for so little. She will be deeply missed.
Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are her children, Charlie (Tammy) Strandquist of Coleman, AB, Teresa (Bryan Butala) Strandquist of Lethbridge, AB, Wayne (Rolande) Strandquist of Sparwood, BC, Stephan (Linda) Strandquist of Dawson Creek, BC, Patsy (Jim) Malin of Bellevue, AB, Carol (Fred Horbay) Strandquist of Frank, AB and John Ceh of Hillcrest, AB; her grandchildren, Kyle, John, Matthew, Diane, Paige, Victoria, Clinton, Brad, William, Alex, Ashleigh, Dwayne, Crystal, Eric, Morgan, Robin, Katie, Jason, Kurt, Corey, Grayson and Shamus; her great grandchildren, Aubree, Kayden, Ryan, Nevada, Dameon, Arieanna, Skyler, Serenity, Dakota, Kody, Rylan, Kohl, Kara and Megan; her brothers, Albert (Marion) Poxton of Bellevue, AB and Walter Poxton of Coleman, AB; her sisters, Jean (Tim O’Donnell) Waldner of Hillcrest, AB and Gloria Brown of Edmonton, AB; her special friend, Joe Golab of Coleman, AB; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Arvid Strandquist; her father, Walter Poxton; her mother Jean Gorup; her grandson, Brandon Strandquist; her brother, Roy Poxton; and her sister, Eleanor Petrollini.
A Memorial Service will be held at Fantin’s Funeral Chapel (13461, 20 Ave., Blairmore, AB) on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 11:00 am. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Crowsnest Pass Boys and Girls Club (PO Box 1176, Coleman, AB T0K 0M0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555