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Truant, Irene Gladys

Irene Gladys Truant (nee Grodzki), September. 24, 1916 – January 12, 2012. Irene passed away peacefully on Thursday at Jubilee Manor at the age of 95. Irene was born in Nelson to Lucas and Eustachia Grodzki.. She was predeceased by her husband, Primo (Bimbo), her children, Lenny and Donna Truant, and her grandson, Michael Frei, her brothers, Len and Art Grodzki, her sister Victoria Grizzelle (Grodzki), and her nephew, Rick Grodzki. She is survived by a grandson, Shane Frei, nieces, Judy Cary (Grodzki), and Joan Grodzki, her sister-in-law, Colleen Grodzki, her grandniece, Kerri Grodzki, and grandnephews, Jon and Mark Edmunds, Glover Cary, and Ryan Tedford (Grodzki), and seven great-grand nieces and nephews – she will be missed. Irene grew up and went to school in Nelson. As kids you could always find her and her brothers either on the lake or climbing up Elephant Mountain, as that was their playground. Soon after graduating high school, Irene went to Vancouver and successfully trained and worked as a Registered Nurse in the lower mainland. When she married in 1948 she moved to Natal, and later to Creston, where her and her husband lived for over 30 years. She came back to Nelson in 1985. Irene loved being with her family and her friends, she had a generous and loving spirit, and she always welcomed you with her loving smile. She will be remembered for her kindness toward others, her witty humor and love for chocolate. She took whatever life presented with grace and dignity. Her family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation for the support and care given by Broader Horizons, where she looked forward to getting together everyday with the staff and the volunteers, and the good friends she made there, to the staff at Mountain Lake Assisted Living for their support, and to the staff at Jubilee Manor for their love and care during her stay with them. A huge thanks to Dr. Bridger (whom she loved dearly), for his continuing care and compassion over the many years as her doctor. As one of her friends from Broader Horizons used to sing to her every afternoon when she left for home, “Irene Goodnight, Irene Goodnight …” She will be laid to rest in Creston in the spring. As an expression of sympathy family & friends may make donations to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation 300 – 1090 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 2N7 Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. On-line condolence may be expressed at

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