Obituary of Irene Jane Oudyk-Suk

Irene Jane Oudyk-Suk

Dec 25, 1956 – May 9, 2024

Irene Oudyk-Suk passed away peacefully by MAID on Thursday, May 9, with family and friends gathered around her bed, at home.

Irene is survived by John, her loving husband of nearly 45 years, and her children, William (Gillian Kupakuwana-Suk) of Kingston and David (Kate Benham-Suk) of Oakland, CA. She loved her grandchildren and was deeply involved in their lives: Dela, Tapiwa, Benjamin, Phoebe, and Linden. She loved Dela’s mother, Mariya.

Irene is also survived by her brothers John and George. She was predeceased by her father, John Oudyk; her mother Diane Flim; her stepmother Alice Broenink; and her brother Richard.

Irene’s parents were post-war Dutch immigrants who settled in Whitby, Ontario. Irene received a B.Ed. from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and an MSW from the University of Michigan. 

Irene was intensely aware of what a great difference intentional, loving, emotionally rich and open childrearing can make. She poured much of her life into raising her boys, and then welcoming others into the shelter of her home and family.

For the past twenty years Irene owned a very successful couples and sex therapy practice, Couples In Step. As a therapist, retreat leader, colleague, and mentor Irene was always in demand. Irene changed many lives for the better.

Irene was always happily involved with the church communities she was a part of. In Grand Rapids, she was the first woman in the Christian Reformed Church to chair a meeting of a gathering of regional churches. At Lawrence Park Community Church (United Church) in Toronto, she was a member of the Art Show committee. After moving to Kingston, she often spoke of how much she missed Lawrence Park, “her,” church.

A “Farewell Irene,” service was held on January 20, 2024. The recording can be seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfdud41Ttc8. The family will gather for a private interment ceremony at Fallis Cemetery, near Bethany, Ontario, this summer.

Irene’s family is grateful for the world-class care and support Irene received at Kingston General Hospital, particularly from the Cancer Centre and Emergency staffs. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kingston General Hospital’s Cancer Centre would be greatly appreciated.

Online condolences at www.directcremationservices.ca

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