Irene Walsh

Irene Walsh, 91, of Olyphant, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening at Commonwealth Hospice at Regional Hospital of Scranton. She is the widow of Jerome Walsh who passed away in 1974.

Born December 3, 1920 she was the daughter of the late Jerry and Anna Hundich. She was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Church, Olyphant and was a graduate of Olyphant High School where she was her class valedictorian. She had worked as a secretary at the Lackawanna County Courthouse until her retirement in 1987.

Surviving are her five children Jerome Darby Walsh and his wife Betty Cheryl of Blakely, Pat Brown and her husband Don of Virginia, Reny Stratton and her husband Chuck of Arizona, Sharon Hazzouri and her husband Joseph of Clarks Summit, and her youngest son and caregiver Michael Walsh of Olyphant; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a great great granddaughter;  a step-sister Gloria DeStefano of Scranton.

Interment and blessing service will be private at the convenience of the family in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Olyphant.

Arrangements by the Vanston & James Funeral Home, Scranton.

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  1. Jerry Burns

    Sorry to hear about Mom. She was a wonderful woman who always smiled. Always called her (Aunt) Irene and considered her our family. She’s up in heaven now with Darby, Kitty and Squirrely. God Bless everyone.

  2. Dennis Dench

    My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mom. Some of my fondest memories are the Dench’s Walsh’s and Mellows getting together at Newton Lake, Mom’s Sunday “rounds,” and picnics under the Apple Tree.

    Aunt Irene was a wonderful Lady. We trust in the Lord, that through her faith, she rests in heaven along with Uncle Jerome and all our parents.

  3. Jerry Dench

    My deepest sympathies on the loss of your Mom. I can hear her laughter as if it were minutes ago. She was a dear person who treated my so wonderfully especially during our childhood years as did Uncle Jerome. My prayers are with her and her family.

  4. pat horrocks

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Pat and Willy

  5. The Cooper family

    To Darby, Patty, Reny, Sharon, Michael,

    I’m sure your mom Irene’s passing was a blessing, and I share in your sorrow.

    I guess the only ones left of that “good old gang” are Rose Poklemba and my dad, Bob Cooper. Both are also 91 years old this year.

    I remember all the fun times we had growing up in Olyphant. My dad tells me stories now of their high school escapades and I wish I had known that group of friends back then. The knew how to have fun and get in trouble!

    With our sympathy,
    Denise (Neese)Cooper Larson, and my siblings Bobby (deceased), Nancy, Beth, Pat, and our dad Bob.
    P.S. If I remember correctly your mom and mine, Helen Bishop Cooper (died 2009) were best of friends in high school. I think they were in competition for valedictorian, too. They remained in touch until my mom died.

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