Isabella Christina Birkeland

March 24, 1928 to November 1, 2016


Birkeland ( nee O’Keefe)
Isabella Christina

24 March, 1928 – 1 November, 2016

Passed peacefully away surrounded by her family Tuesday morning. Predeceased by her husband Alf; parents, William and Mary O’Keefe, as well as seven sisters, Anne Kearney, Margaret Nolette, Bernadette Bird, Loretta Pentzer, Patricia Wight, Agnes, and Marcella. Loved and will be sadly missed by her son Darryl (Donna), daughter Anna and grand-daughters Kirsten and Erin. Also leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories siblings Larry O’Keefe (Bernie), Mary Mondou (Marcel), sister-in-law Nellie O’Keefe and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Isabel was born the eldest of ten siblings born in The Grove at Bears Cove, a place she dearly loved. Thank you to her many friends and family, the staff at the Health Sciences Centre and Mary Queen of Peace Parish and her homecare workers (Sonya and Candace) who provided invaluable support and loving care in Isabel’s last days.

Cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends may visit the family at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Thursday November 3rd 1pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm. A funeral mass will take place at Mary Queen of Peace Parish, Torbay Rd. Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 9:30am .

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1-4 on November 3, 2016

7-9 p.m. on November 3, 2016

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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9:30am, Friday November 4th

Mary Queen of Peace Parish


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To Darryl & Anna; My sincere sympathy to you and your families on the loss of your mom. I have lots of memories of her when she worked with us here at Johnson Inc. I also remember both of you, whom your mom spoke fondly of often. She was a good person.

Peace & Blessings
Shirley Hibbs

Darryl and Donna, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom and mother-in-law. Please accept my sincere condolences. God bless.

Larry; So sorry to hear of the passing of Isabella ,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

We wish to express our sincere condolences to Anna,Darryl,Donna and the Birkeland and O’Keefe family on the passing of dear Isabella.We cherish fond memories of her during her younger years in Harbour Grace,She was a beautiful lady and it was a pleasure to be in her presence.Please find comfort in your memories and know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.God Bless.

Ed and Ruby Whelan
Harbour Grace


Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Thinking of you during this time. Keep your memories close to your heart. God Bless.
Colleen Foote Sutton

Darryl,Donna and family: Life brings with it many tears,smiles,and memories.The tears dry,the smiles fade but the memories live on forever. May those memories you have of her help you get through this most difficult time. May your hearts be filled with cherished memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a long and wonderful life well lived. Take Care……………….. Glen and Tracy

Anna and Darryl,

Thinking of and praying for both of you.

Sonja Turpin

Anna and Family:
What a wonderful lady and friend. So sorry to hear of Isabella’s passing. It was a shock. She was such a sociable and friendly person. My sympathy and condolences to you and all the family. She will rest in Peace. God bless her and I am sure she will be with our Angels, Dorothy & Mary, in Heaven.

Vince Burton

Heartfelt condolences to Darryl and family. Growing up on St.Laurent Street I had many occasions on meeting your mother. She was a very enthusiastic and kind person. May she rest in peace.

I had the pleasure of working with Isabella many years ago. She was an interesting lady and made the workplace all the more enjoyable, many pleasant memories. RIP.

Darryl and Donna Marie, i am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

Condolences to all Isabella’s family. My mom and I would often give Isabella a ride home from Mass at Queen of Peace back in the mid 90’s. She came to visit my mom the last year she was alive and couldn’t go out. Isabella was a gentle, lovely lady. May she rest in peace

Theresa Ryan

Kirsten and family, I am sorry to hear of Isabell’s passing. I worked with Isabell at Johnson’s Insurance years ago remember she liked her tea boiling hot! I have thought of her often over the years with lovely memories. My thoughts are with you at this time.

Anna and family,

Sorry to here of you mothers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless.