In Memoriam


Birstonas, Irena (Irene) June1,1933 – June 30,2022)

Died peacefully on Thursday June 30, 2022, surrounded by family at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie at the age of 89. Irene of Stayner, beloved wife of the late Jonas Birstonas.  Loving mother of Roma (Leo Breen), Aida (William McAleer), Aldona Hall, Jonas (Fiona), Vince and Ben (Joanne).  Cherished grandmother of Loretto, Patrick (Vanessa), Sarah, Adam, Dillon, Sarah, Isaac, the late Natasha, Candice, Robert, Victoria and Olivia and great grandmother of Liv, Calvin, Ryan, Riley, Leland, Zoey and Xavier.  Dear sister of Dana Puzeris.  Irene will also be missed by her nieces and nephews, her friends and neighbours and many within the Lithuanian community.  Irene was a strong and independent woman who loved her family deeply.  She loved to gather her family together for traditional meals and celebrations. She will be missed.  Friends are invited to join her family for a graveside ceremony at St. John’s Lithuanian Cemetery, 2185 Stavebank Road, Mississauga on Friday July 8, 2022, at 11 o’clock.  If desired, a donation to Hospice Simcoe or the Canadian Cancer Society. To sign Irene’s Book of memories, please  visit