Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre

1969 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, ON


Irene Mary Wharram

October 21, 1946January 30, 2020
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Passed away suddenly at the age of 73 on January 30, 2020.

Loving mother of David (Laura) Wharram and Denise Wilhelm. Proud Nanny of Trevor, Taylor, Aaron, and Ryan. Great-nanny of Ellie. Dear sister of Agnes Kuli, George (Judy) Kuli, Rosemary (Joe) Butler, Nancy (Garland) Mills, Ed (Carole) Kuli, “Cookie” June Mailloux, Patricia (Bill) Verbeek, Josie (Gary) Demars, Chris Kuli, Cindy (Darcy) Quick. Predeceased by her sister Elizabeth (2016) (Mike 2020) Ondic, brother-in-law Luc Mailloux (2003), nephew Michael Ascott (2014) and nephew Gary Demars. She will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, aunts and especially her fur baby Zsa Zsa.

Irene was a well respected waitress in the Windsor area for over 30 years. From Davinci’s to the Cook Shop, and many more, she loved what she did and who she got to know.

As per Irene’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation will be held at Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre on February 8, 2020 from 1 – 3 pm at which point a celebration of her life will be conducted by her sister, Nancy.


  • Memorial Visiting Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 8, 2020


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Leah Mullins

February 8, 2020

Dear Irene,

Where do I begin?

Thank you for your love. Thank you for your wit. Thank you for your intelligence, your stubbornness, your protection, your courage, and your care.

When I think about you, I have an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I have so many things that I feel grateful about, but mostly I thank God for placing you in my life!

Without you, I would most certainly not be the woman I am today. You taught me to be silly. To laugh loudly. To walk through this world with confidence and feminine strength. And to say whatever the hell needed to be said.

I would do anything to spend another afternoon with you; drinking honey lemon tea, eating hermit cookies and suffering a mild bellyache from laughing, while some variant of Dateline played in the background. You could truly make anything feel like home.

Irene, you were a special human. I know that you will be with me every step of the way, for the rest of my life. And I will always carry you in my heart.

After all, how do you spell angel?

I love you, Meanie.

With love,

Your adopted granddaughter, Leah


Lucy & Ray Trepanier

February 7, 2020

Cookie and Family,
So very sorry for you loss. Thoughts and prayers to the families.
May Irene rest in peace.

Matthew Mullins

February 5, 2020

To the funniest woman that I will ever have the pleasure of meeting - I'll miss you forever. Words cannot explain how sad I feel without you right now but I know that this will pass and all that will be left are memories of our amazing times together. You were a great woman, Irene. The only photo I have of you is perhaps the best one that I could have - one that emphasizes just how funny you were. I love ya, Meanie.

Donna Zmenak

February 5, 2020

My Dearest Irene:

With deep felt love for you I write my goodbye, only now to soothe my own soul. I know you are pure joy in this moment : free and whole. For us, who love you here, it is our charge now to fill that space, the one left empty by your absence, with the same love you shared on your journey with us. Your life here was a gift to so many. My family became your family from the moment we met you. You are my angel. You gave to us your time, your heart, your dedication, your courage and your love. At a time when I could not muster my own joy, you filled my home and my heart with laughter, confidence and hope. You have shaped, guided, supported and loved each of my children for 20 years unconditionally. You were my “unconditional love mom”. In a way that only you, Irene could do, YOU gave us strength. You were a fierce champion for Aidan, Erin, Matthew, Leah and Andrew. Their lives are indelibly blessed by you, your humor, your candour and your might. I will miss our long chats, our differences in beliefs about so many things and our uncanny ability to feel safe in being and expressing with each other exactly who we were. You loved me anyways and because of this, conversations with you always felt like home. With zeal Irene, over the years we have reconfigured governments ;rewrote history, solved all global and family affairs, declaring ourselves wise but very rarely on the same side. How fun it was dreaming and being me with you.
I know that your light is held squarely in all of our hearts and that you want for each of us to think, feel and be present in the love you shared and in the pure light you have return to. Thank you for choosing me to be your friend and for the ever present imprint of love in all of our lives. When I miss you in my humanness Irene, I promise to think of you with joy and I know you walk beside me, your arms around me and a good laugh at the ready. Good night Irene ... I know Illl see you in my dreams. I LOVE YOU ❤️

Erin Mullins

February 4, 2020

Where do I begin...
I feel so lucky to have had you in my life.
You came into my life in the form of a nanny and cared for my siblings and I like a grandmother.
You brought so much joy and laughter into our family and touched the lives of us all.
You taught me life skills and raised me to be humble, you taught me to speak my truth, to stick up for myself, and to do it with all with a sense of humour.
I feel so proud to have been a product of you.
The space you filled in my life will never be replaced, you were one of a kind. My only hope is that I can share with others that piece of you that i carry in my heart so dear. That unconditional love that I felt from you no matter what I said or did, and spread that love to others lives the way you did mine.
You, Irene, will be so missed.

Dave Dunbar

February 3, 2020

From DAVE&DRU Irene was our neighbour,She was such a nice lady. We are going to miss her a lot, so sorry for your loss to her children & family.

Larry Bonyai

February 2, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Irene's passing. I hadn't seen her in some time but remember her ready smile and wonderful sense of humor. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. When we were younger we would see each other more frequently than as of late. As a youngster Dad would pack up the family for our regular trips to Canada to visit relatives. It was then that I sometimes got to see 'Uncle' George & 'Aunt' Nancy's kids. We always shared laughs. As we aged and had families of our own, the visits became infrequent. It seemed like we would see one another at the 'sometimes' family reunion, weddings or sadly, funerals. One again, my sincere condolences...

Margy Gibb

February 2, 2020

My sincere condolences David, Laura & all your family.

Janine Gelinas

February 2, 2020

I have so many fond memories of Irene, too many to list and they're shared with Denise and David. Her anticipated humor and playful teasing followed by those belly laughs were always expected when she was in our presence. My Mom and Irene were best friends for many years and growing up our families shared so much. She will be truly missed. I will celebrate the laughter she brought to so many of us that will always live on in my heart.
Thoughts, prayers, and much love,
Janine XOXO

Sharron Horney

February 1, 2020

god has just received one of the most kind, caring person I have ever known, he has also received the best cook, and she will feed everyone who will sit at her table.
Irene I will miss the humor, the stories we both remembered and those we reminded each other of that we might have forgotten.
My condolences to the whole family, she will be missed by many