Irene Howard Church, 89, formerly of Edmeston ended her earthly journey May 3, 2014 at Chase Nursing Home in New Berlin. She was born on July 27, 1924, in Brooklyn. She was predeceased by her first husband Robert T. Howard. She married Edward Lynn Church in 1984, a union that brought joy and harmony to both of them. Edward predeceased Irene on December 11, 2011.
Irene graduated from Edmeston Central School at sixteen and started her secretarial career with NYCM. She also married began her family as a farmer’s wife and mother. After her children began school, she worked at many other endeavors during her lifetime. These included being employed as a family court clerk for Judge Frederick Loomis. She retired as the Chief Clerk for the Otsego County Surrogates Court. Irene had also been employed by attorney Johnson’s Law office, New York State Assemblyman Paul Talbot, secretary for FHA of Oneonta and served several years as Edmeston Town Clerk.
Irene has been a member of the Second Baptist Church Edmeston for over fifty years. Her lifetime hobbies included her love of sewing where she progressed into a talented quilter. Today her quilts grace the homes of her devoted family and are enjoyed by all. Irene was an avid gardener, with a large flower and vegetable garden where she would putter endlessly.
Irene is survived by her family – Linda Jean & Fred Emhof of Burlington Flats; her daughter –in-law, Elizabeth Howard of Chunchula, Alabama; her grandchildren Jeffrey & Denise Arnold of Edmeston, Mark & Cynthia Arnold of Burlington Flats, Kevin Howard and Keith Howard of Oneonta; four great grandchildren James Arnold, Susan Arnold (John) Hawes, Kathryn, and Emily Arnold, a special niece, Ann Slocum, of Laurens and very special cousins from Long Island and their families.
She was predeceased by her parents Edward and Margaret Johnsen; her sons David Karl Howard (1993), and Thomas Howard (1944); her brother Robert Johnsen, and sister Joan Thorsland.
Calling hours for Irene will be held on Tuesday May 6, 2014 from 4 – 7 pm at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 11.00 am at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church with Pastor Jay Henderson officiating.
Interment will be at Edmeston Union Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in Irene’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Leatherstocking Regions. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.