God looked around his garden And found an empty place. He then looked down upon the earth, And saw your tired face. He put His arms around you And lifted you to rest. God's garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, He knew that you were in pain. He knew that you would never Get well on earth again. He saw the road was getting rough And the hills were hard to climb. So He closed your weary eyelids And whispered "Peace be thine." It broke our hearts to lose you But you did not go alone… For part of us went with you The day God called you home. Irene Gauthier passed away peacefully at the age of 92 at the home of her daughter Louise Schafer, in Torrance, California. Irene was born July 16, 1923 to Fermin and Emily Barnabé in Manitoba, Canada. She was one of 12 children - brothers Roland, Leo, Albert, and Dennis, and sisters Bertha, Florence, Rolande, Lucille, Jean, Denise, and Theresa. She always remained close to her siblings and loved them dearly. Growing up, she attended Proviencer Elementary, then to St. Joseph Academy High School and then earned a College degree in Canada. She was married to Eugene Gauthier, a photographer; she displayed many talents in assisting in his work. Upon moving to Torrance, in 1959, Irene worked in the Automobile Dealer industry. She worked for the company of Scott Robinson Honda in Torrance, where she excelled in her position of accounting office manager. She was well-liked and her good humor was appreciated by all who met her. An excellent employee she rarely missed a day of work and juggled job and family with grace and ease. Soft spoken, Irene was a wonderful listener and people felt very comfortable in her presence. She retired from Scott Robinson Honda after being employed there for 25 years. Irene loved to work on needlepoint pictures that were elaborate and beautiful. Her creativity, patience and skill are all represented in the art she leaves behind to the future generations of her family. A devout Catholic, Irene always stayed true to her faith, and her love of God. She will be greatly missed for many words of wisdom such as "Make hay while the sun shines" and "Don't let the door hit you on the way out" and "Forget It!" Irene is survived by her children: Gilbert Gauthier, Paulette Tarant and husband Gary, Gerald Gauthier and wife Pam, and Louise Schafer. Grandchildren: David Gauthier, Greg Gauthier, Gina Gauthier, Gael Gauthier, Justin Farrand, Nicole Nouhra, Gabe Gauthier, Mathew Gauthier, and Jeffrey Gauthier. Great grandchildren: Emily, Hannah, Landon, and Brooke. Siblings: Roland, Albert, Denise, and Theresa. Irene, the world was a better place with you in it. Rest in Peace

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  1. I had the privilege of caring for Irene during the last months. From the first time I saw her, I remembered my mother in law. I fell in love with her beautiful eyes, blue like sky. A very strong and pretty woman, I could spend with her all the time. I can’t believe she is no longer with us, but she is in a very special place and we will be missed her.

    Thanks to her daughter Louise for giving me the honor of taking care of her beautiful mother.

    My sincere condolence for all of your beautiful family and you are in my prayers.

    Love you, Miriam

  2. A beautiful person inside and out. Great memories of Ma Tante Irene visiting Winnipeg, Manitoba. She would always know how to put a smile on our faces with all of her special sayings and her great sense of humour…..Thank You for sharing the special memories and pictures on this site. My thoughts and prayers are with Aunty Irene and Family, Lise

  3. Louise,
    My deepest condolences on your loss. You are a wonderful friend and if I can in any way return the helping hand you extended to me when I lost Linda please just call.

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