Irene Garla

My name is Irene Garla (Presniakovas). I was born in Kaunas, Lithuania.  At the age of three, near the end of WW2, we moved to Germany to escape the rule of Russia.  We lived in Germany from 1944-1949. At this stage I spoke both German and Lithuanian.  We left Germany as refugees, sailing from Genoa on the ship General Langfitt. We arrived in Melbourne and from there were shipped to Bonagilla by train, eventually the family settled in Mornington. 

In 1959 I started my nurse training at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne.  In 1963 I married my husband Joe and we settled in Shepparton.  Joe passed away in 2010.  We have four wonderful children and I am the proud grandmother of five lovely grandchildren. 

I worked at Mooroopna Base Hospital and was the inaugural Social Worker in Shepparton.   I worked at Shepparton Private Hospital in various positions from 1981 to 1996.

I retired in 1996 and became involved with Probus Club of Shepparton South, CWA, art work and draft works and various church groups at St Brendan’s.  Hopefully I can make some contributions while serving on the Parish Pastoral Council.