June 13, 1927 – January 1, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Irma Mary Schwenneker (née Fabrik) on January 1, 2023. Irma was born June 13th 1927 in Csanad Yugoslavia to Rosalia (nee Sattler) and Mike Fabrik. Irma moved to Regina, Sk with her family in 1930.
She is pre-deceased by husband Lincoln Schwenneker and her brother Nick Fabrik.
She is survived and will be greatly missed by sister-in-law Olga Fabrik, daughter Joey (Neil), grandchildren Réal (Elietha), Nicole (Rob), and great grandchildren Matthew (Madison), David, Nicholas, Daniel, Lincoln and Reina and her friends.
Irma had jobs in North Vancouver at North Shore Sash and Door, a coffee shop on Lonsdale, White Fishing Co. at Butedale and Ocean Falls.
Irma retired in Moose Jaw after a long career as Deputy Sheriff.
Irma was working full time at the courthouse while handling ads for their apartment in Moose Jaw, showing the suites and often getting called out in the middle of the night to put a halt to the parties. She would cook for the hired hands at the property at Moose Jaw and the 1000 acre farm in Spring Valley.
She did an incredible amount of work to help run the L&S Riding Academy, which rented out horses for hour long rides or parties with large groups.
Irma left her prairie life in 2000 to help raise her great-grandsons in Comox BC. Irma was always very involved helping her friends, family, Royal Canadian Legion, the Catholic Women’s League and other charities.
Irma’s faith was evident in the way she lived her life and loved her people. Irma had so much energy and unconditional love and was a treasure to all who knew her.
Her final years were spent at Arrowsmith Lodge in Parksville, living her life with laughter, friendship, family and excellent loving care. Dementia stole her memory but not her joyful spirit.
We are grateful to those who helped her stay in Comox until 2019, especially her best friend Leone Hannesson and Angie Williams. Irma lived with dementia since 2018 and was recently ill with covid and influenza A. Irma’s family will be donating to Alzheimer’s society and encourages those who are inspired by Irma to pay it forward and look after one another.
Funeral Mass January 21/23 at 11am at the Church of the Ascension, Parksville, BC.
Yates Memorial Services
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