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Irene Abilene Cardinal (Whiskeyjack)

December 14, 1943 - September 2, 2015


On September 2, 2015, Irene Cardinal of Jasper, formerly of Saddle Lake, passed away at the age of 71 years. She is survived by her loving companion, Barry Gilbert; 3 daughters & 2 sons, Evelyn Kate Marie Cardinal, Leon Alfred L’Hirondelle (Doris), Faedra Therena Anne (Alvin) Steinhauer, Sharon Lee Mary L’Hirondelle & Stan Francis (Amy) L’Hirondelle; 13 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters & 3 brothers, Bella (Ian) Shenfield, Dorothy Visser, Oscar (Marguerite) Whiskeyjack, Francis (Elsie) Whiskeyjack, Ivan Whiskeyjack, Virginia Whiskeyjack & Shirley (Louis) Whiskeyjack; numerous nieces, nephews & cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Stan L’Hirondelle; grandson, Shawn; siblings, Ben, Joan, Charlotte, Mary-Jane, Julie & Regina. A Wake will be held on Monday, September 7 at Ayiwakes Cultural Centre, Saddle Lake. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Ayiwakes Cultural Centre, Saddle Lake. Reverend Robert Wright will be officiating, with interment in Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery, Saddle Lake. To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com.


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From: Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Mary Fontaine
Relation: Friend through her sister Dorothy and through Irene's help as an elder at Hummingbird Ministries healing circles and arts projects.

Hummingbird Ministries Council and our community send our love and condolences to Irene’s family. With thanks for her contributions towards the teachings and healing through sharing circles and for helping our crafts and sewing projects. From her extended family on the West Coast of British Columbia. In sympathy. Rev. Mary Fontaine, Director. Hummingbird Ministries. PS – on a personal note, we adopted each other as sisters. She gave so much of herself and you never met a more generous person.

From: Jeff and Michelle Morris

May fond memories of Irene bring you comfort during this hard time. Look back on all the good memories you were able to have and smile at the fact that you were able to share these with her. Irene was one of the first people we met when we moved to Jasper and it always brightened our day to see her.

In our thoughts and Prayers,
Jeff and Michelle

From: Sister Gilberte Baril
Relation: Close to Bella, her sister

Dear Bella and all the family whom we love very much. So sorry to read about Irene’s departure. I loved her visit in St. Paul with us a few years back. The sisters here in Quebec join me to offer our condolences and assure you of our prayers for Irene and for all the family. God bless you all.

From: Mary, Chris, Curtis, Lindsay Paul
Relation: cousin

Our Sincere Condolences from our house to yours. So sorry for your loss. Irene was such a wonderful lady. I have never forgotten her for her thoughtfullness and her kindness. She was so kind to me at a difficult time in my life. She nursed me back to health. I have never forgotten that. I’m sure i’m not the only person who can witness like that. Irene was always helping someone. God Bless you and your family.

From: Sharon Fowler (formerly Whiskeyjack)
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Irene always showed me acceptance and love; even after many years of not communicating. My last visit with her in Jasper was especially memorable. She was always encouraging to me and had a beautiful smile. I’m glad that her suffering has ended and her memory will live on in my heart. Rest in peace my sister; rest in peace.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
September 8, 2015
Beginning at 11:00am

Ayiwakes Cultural Centre

Saddle Lake, AB Canada

Saddle Lake, AB Canada


Date & Time:
September 7, 2015
Beginning at 8:37am

Ayiwakes Cultural Centre

Saddle Lake, AB Canada

Leaving Grace Gardens at 11:00 a.m. Monday

Saddle Lake, AB Canada

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