Irene Kischook

Obituary of Irene Ann Kischook

Irene Ann Kischook (Nee: Carkner/ Burns) passed away peacefully on May 16th, 2022.

Irene was born in Ottawa on January 10th, 1953, she the oldest of eight children.

She is survived by her 7 brothers and sisters, Bill, Shirley, Russ, Brian, Ron, Susan and John and her two daughters Jennifer and Theresa and her grandson Grayson. She is predeceased by her parents Bill and Irene Carkner and her baby daughter Laura Ann Burns.

Irene was best known for her infectious laughter and joyous smile. She had the best sense of humour and was never too old or unwell to push her sister in a snowbank or drive through a puddle with the passenger window down to try to soak her daughter. Her child-like enthusiasm for history, music and creative endeavours lead her on one of her greatest adventures to the Yukon on her own with just her dog. She loved to make art and beautiful gifts with her knitting needles or crochet hooks and in her younger years a bag of buttercream icing.

Irene loved the outdoors and found peace singing songs around a campfire, hiking through the woods and camping with her daughters and all her adopted girls with the Girl Guides while her children were growing up. She was both a Brownie and Girl Guide leader, as well a classroom assistant for many years in programs for developmentally challenged children.  Irene had a thirst for knowledge and a good book and went back to college at forty years old to study.

Known as “Smiley” to her friends at the Eastview Legion, Irene was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary where she participated in poppy campaigns, a weekly craft group and played darts with her mother, sister and daughter for many years.

She was a staunch supporter of various animal charities and next to her children counted her furry family as her greatest joy. She raised her children to care and love animals and to always do our best to help them.

Irene will be laid to rest with her parents at Pinecrest Cemetery on October 8th, 2022, at 10am. With a Celebration of life to follow.

In her memory, donations can be made to Arnprior Stray Cats Division Rescue (ASCD Rescue) for the care of her cat Cassie. Donations can be sent to


Graveside Service

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Pinecrest Cemetery
2500 Baseline Road
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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