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Irmgard Kirchenbauer



Irmgard (or as most knew her, Oma or Mama) left us on the evening of January 27th at the age of 89. Her determination and stubborn independence led her through a courageous battle with cancer. Doing it her way as she always did, she proceeded to defy both the odds and her doctors' diagnoses and blessed us with the gift of more time to be shared.

Irmgard was born in the German city of Düsseldorf in November of 1928 to parents Joseph and Auguste Rütten and was soon followed by a sister Margot who still resides in Germany.

In 1956, Irmgard married Anton Gustav Kirchenbauer (Tony) whom she followed to Canada 2 years later to put down roots in Edmonton, Alberta.

The year 1961 saw Irmgard become an aunt to Ulrike Hahn, daughter to her sister Margot and brother-in-law Fred. By 1964, she followed suit with her only child Michael. In 1989, Michael added his wife Jacqueline officially into the Kirchenbauer clan, but by that time she had already reached daughter status.

The next Kirchenbauer was born in 1995 with Hannah becoming Oma’s only grandchild. She doted on Hannah for the rest of her days.

Oma was a giving, generous and private soul. The number of friends for her was unimportant, the quality of a friendship is what she cherished.

Irmgard was predeceased by her husband Tony of 40 years and her niece Ulrike. Her love and generosity will be fondly remembered by her son Michael, daughter-in-law Jacqueline, granddaughter Hannah and her adopted Ash, McLeod and Lamb families.

In Loving Memory of
Irmgard Kirchenbauer
(Maiden: Rutten)
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Friday, February 2, 2018
1:00 PM
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