FEBRUARY 20, 1926 – DECEMBER 31, 2021
Irmgard Wilhelmine Campbell (nee Plohman) of Keewatin, Ontario passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021 at the lake of the Woods District Hospital with her family by her side.
Irma was predeceased by her parents Herman and Wanda Plohman and sister Margaret, brother Hans, sister in-law Joan, husband Neil, sons Doug and Jim, and many other loved ones.
She leaves to mourn her brother Fritz and family, sister in-law Mary (Vern), sons Stewart (Karen) and Ian (Marci), daughter in-laws Donna, Sandra, and Lisa. Grandchildren Terra, Nycci (Dino), Christine (Barry), Leanne, Trevor, Heather (Adam), Neil (Nicky), Chris (Jo), Marissa (Gina), and Nathan (Shekinah). Great grandchildren Tyanna, Anthony, Cami, Cooper, Keegan, Kayla, Cody, Rylie, Courtney, lacey, Alexandria, Campbell, Chloe, Jacob, Drew, Georgia, Aiden, Declan, Ariya, Kaleigh, and Jeri Lynn. Great-great grandchildren Huxley, Waabigwan and Waaseyakwe, and many other extended family members, as well as all her family at Bay Terrace and friends in Keewatin and Kenora.
Irma was born in Steep rock, Manitoba February 20th, 1926. She was raised on the family homestead farm in Ashern, Manitoba. As Irma was growing up, she won many awards for her outstanding cooking and baking skills. She then moved to Kenora, Ontario where she would marry the love of her life on July 11, 1953. After their marriage Irma and Neil took off to Port Moody, BC where they had two of their children, Stewart and Doug. In 1958 they moved back to Kenora to pursue their life and had their other two sons Jim and Ian. After Neil's passing in 1969 Irma devoted her life to raising her four boys, which included using her cooking skills at various camps and restaurants in the Kenora area. Irma's last job was in the kitchen at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital where she excelled and really enjoyed the people and environment. Irma was the last remaining original tenant of the Bay Terrace, where her motherly kindness and generosity knew no bounds as she continued to always provide for the residents. Irma always cooked more food than she would eat, so she had enough to share. Even through her final months Irma would walk through the hallways of Bay Terrace with food placed on her walker, calling out "meals on wheels". The number of refrigerators she filled with food was a running joke of Bay Terrace. Although Irma was positively perfect in every way, she did have quite the stubborn streak. She would tell you exactly what it was that she thought you were doing wrong (but in her own loving way and you couldn't help but smile even if she scolded you). The nurses at the hospital would also comment on it. Her reply was always "I call it independence". Irma was a strong, independent woman and knew exactly how she wanted things. If you met Irma, chances are she won your heart straight away. She was a much respected and very classy lady to the end. She thought 95 was a good age but too old to keep going. Irma will be remembered for always having open arms and treating everyone like family.
A Celebration of Life for Irma will be held at a later date.
"Bye for now, Nanny"
For every pain that we must bear, For every sorrow, every care, There is a reason For every falsehood that is said, For every tear drop that is shed, There is a reason For every grief, for every trial, For every weary, lonely mile There is a reason But if we trust him as we should All will work out for our good God knows the reason - The Challenger
We would like to thank Dr. Wiebe, Dr. Wehner and the most awesome staff ever in the palliative care unit of the Lake of the Woods District Hospital. We can't thank you all enough. You are all sweethearts. much thanks to Reverend pat Chabluk for being with Irma up until her passing. The family of Irma Campbell
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a cause of your choice in Irma Campbell's name.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.brownfuneralhomekenora.com for the Campbell family.