April 25, 1910 - Jan. 11, 2014
Resident of Cupertino
Irene passed away in her Chateau Cupertino apartment on Saturday, January 11, 2014, just 3 months shy of her 104th birthday. Her family was with her at the time of her death, as were some wonderfully caring hospice workers.
Irene was born in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Her father, Walter Gorecki, was an editor for a local Polish language newspaper. Her mother, Michaelina, raised their 7 high-achieving daughters, of whom Irene was the youngest. Irene graduated from Northwestern University and went on to work as the recreation director of pediatric orthopedics at the University of Illinois Medial Center. There she met Dr. Nicholas Iuppa, whom she married in 1938.
Dr. Nick enlisted in the U. S. Army soon after the outbreak of World War II and served as a medic in General Patton's Third Army. Through the difficult war years, Irene raised their children and kept a loving home. Upon his return Dr. Nick began a successful medical practice in Rochester, New York. He passed away in 1971 at the age of 58. Irene never remarried.
In 1975, Irene moved to Florida where she was very active in the local Catholic Parish. She loved going out to breakfast after mass with her friends and giving tours to children and grandchildren who visited. In 1990 Irene moved to California to be with her two sons and their families, but she always maintained her independence. She kept her own apartment until the day she died.
Irene is survived by her sons: Nick (spouse-Ginny) and David (Thomy) Iuppa of the San Francisco Bay Area; her daughter, Dr. Michele (Tim) Chuk of Hibbing MN, nine grandchildren: Lauren Ayer, Christin (Matt) Heintz, Tony (Elizabeth) Iuppa, Irene (Ross) Ritterman, Maria and Ana Iuppa, Kerry (Rex) Waters, Kelly (Derik) Schaefer, Kate Dougan, and seven great-grandchildren: Peter and David Heintz, Maggie Iuppa, Jenna and Ronnie Waters, and Ruby and Zane Schaefer.
A memorial service will be held this spring in Rochester, New York where Irene will be buried beside her husband Dr. Nick... together again after 43 years.
Donations may be made in Irene's name to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 18, 2014