Irene J. Schmidt

Irene J. Schmidt of East Tawas, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at 88 years of age.
She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, James; and their children, Stevann (Dave) Fraley of Williamsburg, Ky., Barbara (Albert) Sabo of Munroe Falls, Ohio, Rachelle (Ron Tamalo) Schmidt of Akron, Ohio, Donna (Richard) McLeod of Fowlerville, Kevin Schmidt of Cleveland, Ohio, Luann (Gill Klingshirn) Schmidt of East Tawas, David (Dawn) Schmidt of Warren and Brigett Schmidt of Traverse City; along with many dear friends. She is also survived by one brother, Chester (Marie) Smyczynski of Tawas; eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and other family. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Karen; her sister, Phyllis; and three brothers, Cass, Richard and Walter.
Irene married James on Jan. 4, 1947 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Tawas. She retired as a real estate sales person in 2006 at 80 years of age. She received the Realtor of the Year award in 1996 from the Northeastern Michigan Board of Realtors.
She was a very outgoing person who enjoyed life and the beauty of the outdoors. She was an avid gardener, comfortable in both her flower beds or beautiful gardens. Irene loved to cook, and clean and "oh boy" did she love the Detroit Tigers. She loved tending and taking care of her husband and family. Irene leaves behind a memory of being such a "spitfire" of positive love and never ending energy. Every life she touched will miss her greatly.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Holy Family Catholic Church. The family will receive friends on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. with a 6 p.m. Rosary Tuesday at the Tawas City Chapel of Buresh Funeral Home, 416 Whittemore St. and Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Rev. Lawrence Boks officiating. Burial will take place in Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery in the spring. Memorial contributions are suggested to Holy Family Catholic Church.

Funeral Home

Buresh-Kobs Funeral Home Inc
416 Whittemore St Tawas City, MI 48763
(989) 362-8191

Published in Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press from Feb. 10 to Feb. 18, 2014