Irene Ella Hufnal Deamer
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The bountiful life of Irene Ella Hufnal Deamer ended peacefully on Thursday night, June 26, 2014. She was one of 12 children born to the late Catherine Z. and Frederick A. Olliver of Marydel and Dover, Delaware. Married twice, she was predeceased by husbands, Austin P. Hufnal and Austen Deamer and her beloved son, Frederick A. Hufnal. Surviving Irene are one sister, Verna O. James of Wilmington; one brother, Donald L. Olliver of Dover; three children, sons, William A. Hufnal of Dover, and Dr. Thomas R. Hufnal (Martha) of Smyrna, and her devoted caregiver-daughter, Patricia A. Hufnal of Dover; six grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
To describe Irene as simply a housewife is a gross understatement of her abilities. She was an active member of People's Church for her entire life and served as financial secretary for 10 years. Irene worked as manager-cook at The Wesley Jr. College snack bar for several years in the late 1950's and early 1960's making many friends among the students, faculty, and administration. There she created and was well known for her "Hamburger Royale." She was a member and officer of Dover's Capitol Grange for most of her adult life and participated in the Grange at the state level serving her community as a "patron of husbandry." She also had experience working in the Dover laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
When work was over, she enjoyed square-dancing at the Grange (appearing once in a televised broadcast), playing cards with friends and family, cooking, sewing, reading Danielle Steel, picture puzzles and her favorite board game "Scrabble" at which she usually won. Among her fondest memories were her 25th wedding anniversary party (to Austin Hufnal) and her 75th and 90th birthday parties. Her saddest memory was the tragic loss of her gifted teenage son, "Freddie" to cancer in 1962. Several years were necessary to recover from such emotional devastation, but with God's help her indelible spirit triumphed as she resumed her motherly role. She lived a good life. God's speed, Irene!
The family wishes to thank the staff at Bayhealth Medical Center, Kent, 4th floor for the excellent and compassionate care of our mother. The staff went above and beyond to support and care for all of us. We want to thank separately, Joy Leonard, R.N. for her care, compassion and support to Irene and the family. We would also like to thank the staff at Delaware Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to The People's Church of Dover, Bayhealth Medical Center or Delaware Hospice. Letters of condolence may be sent to www.traderfh.com or www.delmarvaobits.com. Remembrance Services will be Wednesday, July 2nd at 12 Noon at Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover, DE with family and friends calling from 10AM until the time of the service. Burial will be at Sharon Hill Memorial Park, Dover, DE.
Trader Funeral Home, Inc.
12 Lotus Street Dover, DE 19901
Published in The News Journal on June 29, 2014