Irene Scholten (nee Gallant)
It is with gratitude for a life well lived that the family of Irène Scholten announces her passing on the 20th of May, 2021 at Hospice House in Fredericton, NB. Born in Shediac-Cape, New Brunswick on October 24, 1945, predeceased by her parents Elzear and Corinne Gallant and by her beloved husband of 51 years, Alex Scholten (2017).
Irène was devoted to helping others, both through her vocation and her many acts of kindness throughout her life. She exemplified strength in faith, the love of learning and understanding, and selflessness to family, friends, and community. Irène loved to gripe about American politics, she loved to laugh, and she loved marathon jigsaw puzzle sessions with family. She also loved having impossibly long talks with loved ones that often lasted overnight and saw the sun rise on the next day (on occasion these talks may have been fueled by wine). Most of all Irène loved her family and friends.
Devoted and loving mother to Alex Scholten, Daniel Scholten (Rachel), and Monique Scholten (James Leach), and dear Memere to Emily Leach, Anika Scholten, Joseph Leach, and Alex Scholten.
Survived by her siblings Aline Babineau (Henri), Lea Scholten (Tony), Leonard Gallant (Jeannitta), Elzear Gallant (Ruth) and Pierre Gallant (Marilyn), Brothers-in-law; Willie (Beatrice) and Tony (Lea), sisters-in-law; Sientje Scholten, Nardy Lourenssen (Gerald), Annie Buyting (Harry), Fientje Cameron (Joe), Theresa Scholten, Paula Tomlinson (Wayne), Marilyn Gallant (Pierre) and Liedy Fox (Mark), as well as the many nieces and nephews. Irène was predeceased by her sister Jeannette, brothers-in-law; Bertus, Benny, Francis, John and Herman, and sisters-in-law; Femy, Liedy, Tuusje, Connie and Mary.
A funeral mass for family will be held on Monday May 24th, 2021 at 12 Noon from St. Dunstan’s Catholic Church with Father Bill Brennan officiating, with Covid procedures and protocols in effect. Please wear your masks. Interment to follow in the Hermitage Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Dr. Tom Barry, the palliative care team, the staff at Hospice House, and the staff of Windsor Court who provided excellent care in her final months. They would also like to thank all of their family and friends who provided comfort, support and care during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice House in Fredericton or a charity of the doner’s choice.