Peacefully at home, on Sunday, May 26th, 2019, surrounded by her loving husband, children and grandchildren. Irene was the beloved wife of John and loving mother of Arthur (Dayna), and Edgar (Sarah). Dear Memama of Sydney, Araxi, Alec, Siena, Bria, and Ella. Irene will be missed by her brother Seroje Nersisian, her sisters Rose (Jenik) Shirdel and Janet (Dori) Shirdel, sister-in-law Nelly (Noric) Parseh; and many nieces and nephews.Predeceased by her brother Sergo (Zhorick) Shirdel.Daughter of Gregor and Astrick Shirdel.
Irene became the matriarch of the family leading and holding everyone together with unrelenting love and acts of kindness. Anyone who was fortunate enough to meet her was immediately in awe of her beautiful soul and felt as though they had made a new best friend or that they have known her all their lives. She lived for her family, loved to compete since she was a child playing all sports and becoming quite accomplished at golf and tennis. She became a master bridge player, a game she enjoyed thoroughly along with the many friends she made in this circle. She was truly one of a kind, a person that others strive to be and everyone wants to be around. She is leaving behind a massive hole that she has taught her family to fill with love since that is how she lived her life.
The family will receive friends at the Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, HART CHAPEL, 1099 Gordon Street, Guelph, on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 from 6-9 p.m. and Friday, May 31st, 2019, from 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Service for Irene will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. As expressions of sympathy donations to St. Nishan Armenian Apostolic Church, 15 International Village Drive, Cambridge, ON N1R 7M5 would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be left at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com.