Lambert Irene L. Lambert, 99, formerly of Claremont Retirement Village, Columbus, died peacefully on March 1, 2013. Irene was born on December 2, 1913, in Middleport, Ohio. She graduated from Middleport High School in 1931 and married her high school sweetheart, Max Lambert, in 1934. She was a devoted mother of two sons, Max Richard and Joe Allan. She worked at Sears Northland for 15 years, and as a volunteer at the Worthington Thrift Shop, raising funds for cancer research, for many years more. A cancer survivor (she had a mastectomy for breast cancer
in 1965), and a long-time widow (her beloved Max died in 1982 after 48 years of marriage), Irene was a joyful and indomitable spirit. She made friends wherever she went and had many adventures. In her 70s, she traveled with friends to southern California (where she took a hot air balloon ride), and to Hawaii. She celebrated her 80th birthday by taking family members on a Caribbean cruise, and on her 85th she traveled with family to Knoxville, TN to appear on her favorite television show, "Club Dance." She was a long-standing member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Columbus. She loved bingo, was a frequent winner of football pools, and was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Irene is survived by her son, Joe Allan Lambert and daughter-in-law, Joanne Blum of Dublin, OH; daughter-in-law, Joan Lambert of CT; grandson, Eric Lambert (wife, Melanie); and granddaughter, Kristen Lambert-Obey (husband, Terry), both of CT; step-grandsons, Mike Sperry (wife, Natalee) of Columbus, OH and David Feldmann (wife, Lisa) of MD; and ten great-grandchildren-all of whom admired her and will miss her dearly. A memorial service will be held at the HILL FUNERAL HOME, 220 S. State St., Westerville, on Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. Visiting hours will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Graveside Service 12Noon Monday at Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire, OH.