October 5, 1931 – October 24, 2018
Irma passed away peacefully early October 24, 2018. She was 87 years old. Irma is survived by her three children: Ron (Amy), Karin (Rob) Birrell, Sandra Harmel Kahn, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Born to Paul and Lydia Kautz in Zgorze, Poland, October 5, 1931; Irma immigrated to Oyama, BC in 1956 where she married Julius Harmel. Together they built a home and orchard above Kalamalka Lake. They enjoyed picking and selling fruit to many customers who became long-time friends. Together they had many trips to Mexico and Reno for their winter vacations.
Julius passed away in 1984. Oma then became an avid cruiser on Holland America with her lady friends only interrupted by crib tournaments at the Oyama Legion. Irma will always be remembered for her exceptional cooking and baking skills enjoyed by many.
She is further survived by her sisters Edith(Winfield), Anna(Germany) and Elfreda (Lavington). She was predeceased by her brother, Julius, Germany 2014.
As an expression of sympathy, and in lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Irma to Okanagan Rail Trail, Oyama section.
A celebration of Irma’s life will take place at Springfield Funeral Home (2020 Springfield Rd., Kelowna) on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10:00 am.