OSBURN, Irene Madeline (Harper) -
Of Guelph, at the age of 95, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Riverside Glen.
Survived by daughter Cheryl Billings and granddog Indy. Cousin Mary Small [late Don] and sister-in-law Edna Harper.
Predeceased by parents Albert and Gertrude Harper, husband Ron [Ozzie] , son-in-law Paul , brothers Stan, Ross, Fred, Herb and Bern, sisters-in-law Dorothy, Marion, Jean, Doris, Evelyn, brothers-in-law Dick Coady and Glad Mowatt
Irene will be missed by nieces and nephews Beth (Rick), Barb (Ralph), Helen (James), Russell (Susan), Gail (late John), Bob, Gord (Sherry), Wayne (Judith), Brian (Linda), Janice (Dave), Howard (Vicki), Steve (Karen), Donna (Dick), Sandra, Phil [Denise] as well as great nieces and nephews.
Gramma to some, mom to others, she will be missed – CarolAnn [mom], Heather, Jen, Mandy, Alanah, Maddy, Brandy, Cherry, Perlita, Barb, Paul, Deb, Lois, Duritza, Patrick, Trish, Daniel, Emily, Shalena, Liza, Megan, Sue, Sofia, Chris, Kathy, Margaret, Joanne, Elizabeth, Maria, Courtney, Shelley, Kristen, Devon, Luke, Bella, Jacko, Bowie, Canyon. There are many, many others. Fern [ah Fern], Sharon [ah Sharon], Jackie, Annette, Helen, Ann, Nancy, Bryan, John, Marie, Krista, Michelle, Karen, Abby, Zeva. Please know there are not enough words to describe my 'heartfelt' gratitude for the love and support you gave mom and I love you all.
Dr. Ruddock, Village of Riverside Glen, Right At Home caregivers, Wellington Park Terrace and Stone Lodge - thank you.
Irene was a World War II Army Veteran [1944 – 1945], stationed at Woodstock and Camp Borden. While serving participated in Track and Field - won a bronze plaque at Woodstock and a silver plaque at Camp Borden. Softball – before and after the war - Intercounty with the Coronettes [1942-1943] and Guelph Royals – won a championship with the Guelph Royals . 5 Pin Bowling – started bowling in 1962 at Sportmen's Bowl, various nighttime leagues, Saturday mornings were spent with the Youth Bowlers, in 1963 joined the Ladies Intercity travelling league [disbanned in 1990] won numerous individual awards and 4 different championships, 1968 helped to establish and instruct a Senior Citizens league, working with the Seniors until 1984, in 1969 worked with over 300 bowlers in the CJOY Ladies daytime league, she become a Master Bowler in 1969, representing Guelph for 5 years, in 1985 a Master Bowlers Coaching course was completed, receiving a Coaching Instructor Certificate enabled her to coach anywhere in Ontario, Coached Guelph and District Ladies bowlers 4 times and the Guelph and District Men’s bowlers once, Irene represented Guelph and District bowlers 12 times, bowling 10 sets of games on 3 or 2 Sundays to qualify, she and 9 or 10 others would then bowl against other Ontario teams, received a 'Life Membership' from the Maple Hills [Guelph] Bowling Association.
Irene was inducted into the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame April 1997 Bowler [Athlete].
Irene was a 15 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 234 – Ladies Auxiliary.
Friends will be received at the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 206 Norfolk St., Guelph on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 1-2 pm. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 2 pm. Reception to follow in the Wall-Custance Family Reception Centre.
As per Irene's request, condolences for the family and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Kidney Foundation or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
|A tree will be planted in memory of Irene M. Osburn in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2:30 pm.|