Irene Foster of Whitewood, widow of the late Bryan Foster, passed away November 24, 2012 at the age of 100 years, 9 months, 12 days.  
Ethel Irene was born at Whitewood on February 12, 1912 . She was the youngest of ten children born to Robert and  Margaret (nee Gallaugher) Steele. Irene spent her youth in Whitewood where she met Charles William Bryan Foster and they married on October 9, 1939 and raised one daughter, Diane. Together they were active members of the Whitewood community where they built and operated several successful businesses. Irene loved to fill her days with gardening, baking, knitting, crocheting and crossword puzzles. Irene and Bryan had a cottage at Round Lake that served as a gathering place for friends and family for many years. A visit to the lake was sure to include a ride in the boat, a meal made with love and a lively game of cards. Irene was also a loyal member of the Royal Purple of Canada, the Eastern Star and the Harmony Club.
Irene is survived by her son-in-law Danny Schwitzer and special friend Donna; three grandchildren Brenda and Lance Rausch, Marilyn and Brad Kress and Jamie and Christa Schwitzer; five great-grandchildren James and Julie Kress; Maguire, Meliah and Elliana Schwitzer; nieces, nephews and friends. Irene was predeceased by her parents; her husband Bryan Foster, her daughter Diane Schwitzer and all of her siblings, Mary Nicol, Martha Robertson, Alice Cury, Ruth Powell, Harry, Roy, Mabel Dowson, Grace Roberts and Wallace.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at the Whitewood United Church with the Rev. Barbara Wilkins officiating. The organist Bonnie Velestuk and the choir led in the singing of the hymns.  Marilyn Schwitzer read scripture and Jamie Schwitzer shared memories of his grandmother’s life. Everyone in attendance and all who shared in Irene’s life were considered honorary pallbearers. Interment followed in the Whitewood Cemetery with Brenda Rausch serving as urn bearer.

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