Irene passed away peacefully on November 8, 2010 at the age of 88. She was born in Vernon to Fred and Anna Klausman as one of five sisters. She was predeceased by Nestor her husband of 42 years and her sister Margaret Mohr of Vernon.
Irene will be missed by her son Ron (Donna) Bilinski, daughter Darlene (Paul) Nixon, grandchildren Kyle (Roxy) Bilinski, and Braden and Jordan Nixon, two great grandchildren Ava and Niko Bilinski and sisters Audrey Linn, Nellie Swift and Lorna Conelley and numerous nieces and nephews.
Irene was an avid golfer, serving as Womens President for several years at the Vernon Golf and Country Club and participated in many Federal and Provincial elections as a volunteer. Irene loved gardening and pampered each of her many plants. She was an excellent cook and much to the delight of her family prepared every meal as a culinary treat. Irene was fiercely loyal to Vernon and her roots in the community and took every opportunity to boast of her hometown where she resided for her entire life.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Heritage Square for the exceptional care they provided to Irene for the past five years of her life.
A private family graveside service was held in memory of Irene on November 15, 2010.