Irene Franciska Black

June 12, 1935 - January 02, 2022


Obituary For Irene Franciska Black

Irene Black, a resident of Grande Prairie, AB, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at the age of 86 years.

Born in Didsbury, AB, on June 12, 1935, Irene was the only child of Haken (Fred) and Elsie Aastrup. In May 1957, she graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Pharmacy, embarking on a lifetime career in this field. She later met, and in 1960, married the love of her life, Jim Black, then an RCMP member. Irene fully embraced the RCMP life and the numerous moves this brought for her and the family. She made many friends and enhanced every community in which she lived.

Irene was incredibly supportive and was heavily involved in her sons' numerous sporting activities, be it as an official, a board member, or their number one fan. She became a second mother to many friends and teammates. Irene did volunteer work for Palliative Care after the compassionate treatment they afforded her husband, Jim, in the final months of his life. She chose two extraordinary girls as granddaughters, becoming Grandmother to Michelle Lynne (Schamehorn) and Lynnelle Sabo (Schamehorn). "Momma," as she was fondly called, loved the girls dearly, and these bonds greatly enriched her life.

Irene loved to travel and saw a great deal of the world. Her trip to Denmark to meet her cousin Kamma Varming and other relatives on her father's side was a cherished memory for her. She was an excellent cook, commonly feeding her son's friends, who were often "surprise" guests for dinner. However, her main passion was the pharmacy, and she continued her work in this field well into her seventies. Irene enjoyed the responsibility of caring for people and the social interaction that her career provided.

Irene is survived by her sons Glenn, and Lee (Corie); as well as her chosen grandchildren Michelle Lynne and Lynnelle Sabo (Michael).

Irene was predeceased by her parents Haken (Fred) and Elsie Aastrup; as well as her husband Jim Black.

She is loved and will be greatly missed by all. Irene will be fondly remembered for her easy-going disposition, genuine desire to help others, and beautiful smile.

Glenn and Lee would like to recognize the love and devotion shown to 'Momma' by the Schamehorn family over the years, and the care and friendship given by caregiver Muriel Graham, who became such an important part of Irene's life in the time that she was with her. Thanks also to Dr. James Pope, who gave Irene excellent medical care over the years.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Irene's memory can be made to Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society (#204, 10134 97 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 7X6).

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  • 01/16/2022

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your mom. She will fondly be remembered for her infectious smile and loving, kind ways. There is another angel in heaven! God bless, Diane & Doug Barnett

  • 01/11/2022

    To Irene's Family, I have fond memories of working with Irene at Village Pharmacy and the many suppers were shared together. IREANE was a very friendly, easy to work with person who cared for all of her customers with a smile on her face..SHE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL OF HER FRIENDS. ELLA MAY SAWERS

  • 01/07/2022

    She has always been part of my life and I will cherish the memories I have of her and your dad! They were a special couple and your mom had such an infectious laugh. We always looked forward to her visits. I remember our parents playing rummoli and other games with lots of laughs and giggles. To this day I'm sure your dad and my dad had signals they used when playing! Lol You will always carry a part of her with you! Take care. Xoxox Deb & family

  • 01/07/2022

    Mrs. Black... I have and have always called her Mrs. Black because I respected her so much. Mrs. Black was a lovely woman and I have many fond memories of her from swim club days. She is missed by a great many people... my condolences. Sandy Zahara

  • 01/06/2022

    Sincere condolences 🙏 to Glenn and Lee. So many find memories of back in the day! May momma Rest In Peace and may you and yours hold onto the joy of find memories and the love of family and friends. Xx Barb and Mike Costache

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