Irene W. Schumann

Irene W. Schumann


Irene W. Schumann, age 88 of Wilmington, DE passed away on Monday, July 15, 2013, at Heartland Hospice House in Wilmington Delaware.

Irene was born in Richwood, West Virginia on December 13, 1924, daughter of the late George Arthur and Martha Katie (Shaver) West. She was predeceased by her brothers, Ottie, Earl, Howard, Harry Gatress, Willie, Arthur, Thurmond, Opie and Ralph and her sister Nina Comstock and half sister Mildred Wood.

Soon after graduating from Sparrows Point High School in 1943, Irene took a secretarial position in the Engineering Department of Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point, MD. It was there in the drafting room that she soon met a mechanical designer who would later become her future husband. After lighting up many of the USO dance halls, Irene quickly filled her dance card and married July 21, 1946 where she took upon one of her most important roles of her life time where she faithfully and diligently created a home for her husband and soon to be expanding family. Irene was the perfect example of yesteryears homemaker when we think of that era. She ensured a tip top home, balanced home cook meals and all the love and guidance a mother could provide to all of her children. Irene soon enjoyed travelling the world with her husband upon retirement to far reaching destinations such as China, many European countries, Pacific Islands and several memorable cruises. Later, she found great purpose and meaning in becoming a caring and devoted grandmother who's wisdom and unconditional love will remain in great abundance long after her departure.

She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years of marraige, Frederick C. Schumann and her son, Ronald C. Schumann. Irene is survived by her children; Robert G. Schumann and his wife, Ning of Hockessin, DE, Richard J. Schumann and his wife, Teresa of Hockessin, DE and Patricia S. Draper (Scott Draper) of Wilmington, DE, her daughter in law, Virginia Schumann of Aurora, IL; 9 grandchildren, Jennifer, Melissa Hilovsky and her husband, Timothy, Kimberly and Stephen of Hockessin, Samantha Pallett and her husband, Jonathan of San Diego, CA, Aaron Draper of Wilmington and Joanna Schumann of Hockessin, Michele Bohnenkamp and Teri Nawara (George) both of Plainfield, IL; and great granddaughters Alexis and Abbi Nawara of Plainfield, IL. Irene also extended her heart and home with great love and kindness to Doug Mostrom and his two lovely children, Mason and Mya.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the Doherty Funeral Home at 3200 Limestone Road in Pike Creek, where friends may call after 9:30 am. Interment will follow in Ebenezer U.M. Church Cemetery, 525 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 256 Chapman Road, Suite 102, Newark, DE 19702.

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Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 999-8277

Published in The News Journal from July 18 to July 19, 2013