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Irene Toren

Irene Toren (Jones)

Friday, February 4th, 1927 - Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
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On April 28, 2021, Irene Toren at age 94, passed away peacefully with family at her side at the Bluewater Health hospital in Sarnia.  

Irene is predeceased by her adoring husband Gerald Toren, and her two brothers Crawford and George.

She will be dearly missed by her children Allan (Karen) and Joanne (Pulie) along with her grandchildren Andrew (Elise), Paul, Rachel (Daniel), Jennifer (Mark) and Mary Jo (Sean). 

Irene was a wonderful great-Oma to Matthias, Malachi, Mikka, Madalynn, Callum, Norah and Leo. 

Irene was a lifelong member of Forest Bible Chapel. She faithfully served her community over the many years;  in 2019 she received recognition for 25 years of service as a volunteer and driver for Lambton Shore Elderly Outreach. She was also an organizer and coach for the Blind Bowlers of Sarnia. Irene created beautiful hand knit items to support local charities and maternity wards. 

Irene's beautiful handmade needlepoint, blankets, quilts and clothes will be cherished by her family.  She was a gifted and avid gardener who enjoyed watching the birds as they relished in her spectacular gardens. Irene took pleasure in collecting stamps from around the world and different eras. Irene enjoyed a good puzzle, travelling abroad and spending time at Ipperwash beach with family. She was always eager to play Crokinole and Scrabble with whoever was up for a challenge.  

Irene's legacy of unfailing faith and joy in her Lord Jesus Christ will be treasured by her family. 

Irene was very well loved by her family and community. Although many may like to honour and celebrate Irene's life, an intimate private family funeral will be held. We ask that you respect the wishes of her family. 

For those who wish, donations can be made in her memory to Operation Smile ( or The Canadian Bible Society (

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Deb Dolmage

Posted at 12:03pm
Joanne & Family. So sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. My Aunt & Grandmother lived right across from your family home and we saw a lot of your family when we were kids. It was a nice surprise to run into Joanne at Ipperwash one summer. Lots of great memories of those days. Know, I am thinking of you during this difficult time.


Posted at 09:19pm
Happy memories of Irene as teenagers she was lots of fun we called her Jonesey....Florence Shand Kenolty...Sarnia

Joanne Essau Posted at 05:01pm

Thank you Florence. She often mentioned the Shand family. We never knew Mom had a nickname. Thank you for sharing.

Meegan de Bock

Posted at 09:58am
I have this feeling there's one more star up in the sky tonight.
And even though it's far away, it's brightness and warmth still reach us here
to make the night a little less dark
With Deepest Sympathy,
Lambton Elderly Outreach

Joanne Essau Posted at 05:05pm

Mom enjoyed working with all of the staff at Lambton Elderly Outreach. Mom was especially happy to to be recognized for her 25 years volunteering. She really enjoyed meeting so many people , many became dear friends.

Joy Starkey

Posted at 08:56am
Mrs. Toren was a remarkable and independent woman. She will be missed in the community. Extending our sincere sympathy to her family, Glen & Joy

Joanne Essau Posted at 05:06pm

Thank you Joy and Glen

Roberta Brandon

Posted at 02:37pm
Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. May the great memories you have of your mother, grand-mother and great-grandmother be a comfort to you at this time.. Irene will be greatly missed at the Chapel, she was a constant reminder of what faith is all about. It amazed me that as an elderly person she was driving people around so much younger than she was. A Great Lady who will be missed.
Keith and Roberta Brandon

Joanne Essau Posted at 05:07pm

Thank you Roberta and Keith

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