Irene Mercado Ponte of Redmond succumbed Nov. 17 after a long illness. She was 70.
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Irene was the youngest daughter of Alfonso Mercado and Esther Rivera of Brooklyn, N.Y. She married the love of her life, Frank Ponte Jr., in 1959. They moved in the early 1970s to Klamath Falls, where they worked for the Klamath County School District.
Survivors include her three children Debrah Shearer and Mike Ponte, both of Klamath Falls, and daughter Annette Witzel of Redmond; grandchildren John and Stephanie Potter and Jerry and Meagan Shearer; great-grandchildren Melanie and John Jr.; special nieces Magdalene Mercado and Lisa Marie Weyh; and numerous nieces and nephews in Idaho and California.
A celebration of life will be held at the Desert Meadows Manor in Redmond on Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.
Published in Herald And News on Dec. 4, 2012