Irma Violet Krusel (nee Hak) - January 31, 1931 – November 21, 2017
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12
Irma Violet Krusel (née Hak) was born in Grandora, Saskatchewan on January 31, 1931 to John and Ida Hak. She was the youngest of four children; her two brothers were Erich and Hugo and her sister was Frieda. She was baptised March 13, 1931.
Over the next several years her family lived in several farming communities in Saskatchewan, the Fraser Valley, Ontario and Manitoba. In 1944 they settled in the Kelowna area where Irma attended Rutland School and was confirmed at First Lutheran Church in 1945.
After marrying Henry Krusel in 1948, Irma left the sunny Okanagan for Prince George in the cold North. The day of their arrival the temperature was minus 45° - not a warm welcome! The marriage was blessed with three wonderful children – a daughter Darlene and two sons Allan and Donald. The Krusel family stayed and enjoyed Prince George for 30 years.
Irma was actively involved in church affairs, was a homemaker and also started working at Woodward’s department store in 1964; she worked there for 16 years and oversaw many $1.49 days. In 1980, after all three children had graduated and left Prince George, Irma and Henry moved back to Kelowna so that Irma could spend more time with her parents. But luck was not with her and within three years both of her parents had passed to their heavenly home. We plan – God rules.
While living in Kelowna, Irma worked at the Marks & Spencer store for ten years. Upon retiring, Irma volunteered at Kelowna Hospital, the Cancer Centre and at the yearly flu clinics.
She passed away peacefully on November 21, 2017 due to complications from a rare form of cancer. At her side were Pastor Ed, her sister Frieda Splett, her niece Dianna Rawson and grandniece Heather Sandager.
Left to mourn are a loving daughter Darlene (Ian) Brown, two sons Allan (Shirley) Krusel and Don (Gail) Krusel; three granddaughters Kristin, Brianna and Olivia and grandson Robert; step-grandchildren Michelle, Nicole, Holly and Calum; sister Frieda Splett, niece Dianna Rawson and her children John, Heather and Denver, sister-in-law Ann Hak; numerous nieces and nephews and step-great-grandchildren; and family and friends. Irma was predeceased by her parents John and Ida Hak, brothers Erich and Hugo, brother-in-law Henry Splett, sister-in-law Ingrid Hak and her young nephew Gary Splett.
To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me
When I am gone, release me, let me go
I have fulfilled my duty here you all know.
You must not tie yourself to me with tears,
Be thankful for our many beautiful years.
I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it’s time I traveled all alone.
So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only for the time that we must part
So bless the memories within your heart.
Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear
All my love around you from morn til night,
I’ll forever have you in my sight.
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile and say:
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Grace Lutheran Church, the BC Cancer Foundation or Central Okanagan Hospice House.
Arrangements entrusted to Springfield Funeral Home (250) 860 7077. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting apringfieldfuneralhome.com
God be with you all until we meet again.
Grace Lutheran Church
Pastors: Ed Skutshek & David Wunderlich
1162 Hudson Road
West Kelowna, BC, V1Z 1J3