Irene Frances Cugnet (nee: Kenney) was born in London, England on May 11, 1918 to Clarence, a Canadian Soldier, from Winnipeg, MB and Georgina (nee: Clayson) Kenney an English War Bride.
Irene lost her father at a very early age, leaving her mother to raise four children on her own. In her early years Irene attended school in Winnipeg, MB. After moving to Weyburn she attended Souris School and Weyburn Collegiate. Irene often spoke of walking to the Collegiate four times a day from their home on the south hill through all types of weather.
Irene married George Cugnet at the All Saints Anglican Church in Weyburn, SK. On May 28, 1940 they moved to their own farm on the east half of Sec 18, Twp 7, Rge 13 where they lived until George’s death in 1996. To this marriage was born Beverly, Raymond (Bobo), Twins- Richard and Kenney, Doug and a special adopted daughter, Jane.
She was involved with the Farmer’s Union in the early years and helped with many school events as a member of Home and School. Irene was a life long member of the Weyburn Anglican Church and also a member of the Anglican Women’s Guild.
Irene was a homemaker all her life and a special lady. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, reading and canning everything from George’s garden. Irene was a great cook and had many special recipes such as “Bobo” cookies, hamburger goulash and maple cream fudge. She was always ready to feed extras at mealtime when they arrived unannounced. A favorite was Christmas Eve potluck. The coffeepot was always on at the farm. Irene enjoyed visiting and having coffee with her friends at the Coop Cafeteria.
In later years many hours were spent playing tile rummy both with her family and friends. Irene also loved to go shopping for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She took great pleasure in attending piano and dance recitals, school concerts and hockey games.
She loved to visit at her favorite dress shop, “Dora’s”. She would pick out her Christmas present and George would go in and pick it up,prewrapped, take it home and put it under the Christmas Tree. Irene was always surprised and George would say, “What did I get you for Christmas?”
Irene will be lovingly missed by her family and friends.
Irene passed away Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 at the age of 92 years at Hill Top Manor. She was predeceased by her parents, Clarence and Georgina Kenney; sister, Dorothy Roche; brother, Reg Kenney; sister-in-law, Shirley Kenney and husband George.
Irene will be lovingly remembered by her children, Beverly (Vic) Locken of Moose Jaw, SK and their family: Loreli Locken: Wendy (Rod) Scorgie, and son, Joshua Michael Locken; Raymond (Bobo) (Marilyn) of Weyburn, SK and their family: Teresa (Reg) Huber and their children, Emily and Kyle: Wes (Lisa) and their children, Christopher, John and Calli: Dale (Jackie) and their children, Zachary and Carter; Richard (Pat) of Weyburn, SK and their family: Andrea (Richard) and their children: Emma, Lauren, Andrew and Natalie: Leah (Cam) and their children, Braden and Dylan; Kenney (Jo-Anne) of Weyburn, SK and their family, Danny (Tana) and their children, David and Isabelle: Craig, Tim (Leyna) and their child, Kingston; Matt (Jennifer); Doug (Marga) of Weyburn, SK and their family: Nicole; Aaron (Cara) and their children, Macy, Allie, Taylor and Tucker: Luke (Kayla) and their child, Ava; Jane (Paul) Samletski of Langley, BC and their children, Kristy and Kenney; sisters-in-law, Margaret Cugnet of Weyburn, SK, Margaret Cugent of Yorkton; a special friend, Edith Dorsch of Weyburn, SK as well as several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service was held on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Grace United Church, Weyburn, Saskatchewan with Reverend M. Barnabas officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, Saskatchewan Pallbearers were grandsons, Wes Cugnet, Dale Cugnet, Danny Cugnet, Craig Cugnet, Tim Cugnet, Matt Cugnet, Aaron Cugnet, Luke Cugnet, Michael Locken and Kenny Samletzki. Honorary Pallbearers were her granddaughters: Teresa Cugnet, Nicole Cugnet, Andrea Kuhn, Leah Birnie, Wendy Scorgie, Loreli Locken, and Kristy Samletzki. Donations may be made in memory of Irene to Weyburn and District Hospital Foundation or the Weyburn Anglican Church Memorial Fund. Condolences may be left at www.fletcherfuneralchapel.com
Arrangements entrusted to
Fletcher Funeral Chapel