Irene Johnston

March 12, 1941 - September 23, 2019

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Irene Johnston; beloved wife and mother, energetic sister-in-law and gregarious friend to many on September 23rd, 2019.

Irene was born in Vienna, Austria on March 12th 1941 to Ernestine Freiberk and Rudi Liskar.  She emigrated to Toronto in 1953 and met her husband, Mike while working at McLaren Advertising in 1965. Irene and Mike spent almost 38 years together living in many locales across Canada and raising a wonderful family before settling in Cramahe Township for good in 1983. Happily, Irene had plenty of room to showcase her love for horses by owning several of them, complete with the proper accessories.  Irene’s warmth, kindness and open heart made her several friends in the Township. Guests frequently arriving unannounced bearing gifts of food, flowers and allegedly, drinks.  These were shared in many impromptu celebrations where stories were traded and cheeks were red with laughter. Sadly, life’s irony intervened.  The energetic and indomitable Irene struggled with an illness that rendered her body frail yet her mind remained sharp.  Friends and family still enjoyed sharing with and caring for this remarkable woman.

She left us peacefully with family members by her side.  Irene is remembered as a resilient, gifted and caring mother by daughter Erin, husband Joe, son Christopher, his wife Nancy and their children Samantha and Murray.  She will be missed.  Visitation services will be held on Sunday, September 29th from 2pm-4pm at MacCoubrey Funeral Home 30 King St. E., in Cobourg, Ontario.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the MS Society of Canada in Irene’s name.  Condolences received at

Sunday September 29, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m.
MacCoubrey Funeral Home, Cobourg

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