Irene Elizabeth Weishaupt

  • Dec. 11, 2011 8:00 a.m.
Irene Elizabeth Weishaupt

It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we share the passing of our loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Friend, Irene Elizabeth Weishaupt. Irene passed peacefully after a long battle with cancer on Sunday morning December 11, 2011 at Kootenay Regional Boundary Hospital.

Irene was born April 14, 1931 in Bellevue, Alberta. She was united in marriage to her husband Rudolph Weishaupt on January 13, 1949 in Trail, BC.

Irene was an active woman; she loved Western music and dancing. Her hobbies in her earlier years were boxing, fastball, dog training and leather work. She was a member of the Horsemen’s Society and was also the B.C. Racing Commissioner for Thoroughbreds and a member of the Eagles. When employed at Cominco Irene was a Union Rep and held many positions over the years including the Head Cook at the Cominco Staff House, a Janitor and in later years she worked in Analytical Services. She was well known for enjoying the outdoors. She loved to fish and hunt, and had her taxidermy ticket. She loved to play KENO in her later years with all her friends and her daughter Gail.

Irene is survived by her husband Rudy, children Garland (Kris) Weishaupt, Gail Shantz, Shelly (Stewart) Mack, her grandchildren Shane (Jeeni) Bjarnason, Lori Dillon, Tammy Balfour, Mandi Mack, Brendin Mack, Aaron (Rhonda) Weishaupt and Adrienne Weishaupt, great grandchildren Kelcee and JT Bjarnason, Scott and Emily Balfour, Clinton and Creigh Dillon and Hunter and Parker Weishaupt. Irene was preceded in death by her parents John and Apolonia Strban, her brother John Strban and sister Stella Strban.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™, Dr. Scotland, Dr. Behrens, Dr. Edge and all other Doctors who were a part of Irene’s care. We give special thanks to Jim Maniago and all the nurses on staff at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital and at Columbia View Lodge for their kindness and understanding.

A Celebration of Life is being planned on a later date. As an expression of sympathy, her wish was that donations to be made to the Canadian Cancer Society at 908 Rossland Avenue, Trail, BC V1R 3N6 or online at

You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at