SHEFFIELD TOWNSHIP - Irene Marie Tapper (nee Forthofer) of Sheffield Township, age 89, died Wednesday November 16, 2011 at Amherst Manor. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Irene was a resident of Sheffield Township for most of her life. During WWII, Irene was employed at Western Automatic and later as an assembler at Bendix-Westinghouse, both located in Elyria.
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As a youth, Irene was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Avon, where she assisted as an organist. She was a devoted member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Elyria where she was a member of the church's Altar and Rosary Society.
Irene was a member of the Clearview Band Boosters. She enjoyed dancing with her husband Gus, was a talented seamstress, enjoyed canning, and excelled at playing card games. She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved family gatherings and her family was the joy of her life.
Irene is survived by her children Janet Hancock (Bob) of Lorain, James (Cindy) Tapper of South Amherst, Carol Solak (Dan) of Vermilion, Darlene Dore (Tony) of Vermilion, and Bonnie Montagnese (Ron) of Amherst, 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and brother Robert Forthofer (Kathy) of North Ridgeville.
She was preceded in death by her husband Gustave Tapper on August 25, 1999, granddaughter Julie Hancock on Jan. 5, 1999, father Autone "Tony" Forthofer in 1947 and mother Mary (nee Oster) Forthofer in 1978, brothers Maynard, LeRoy and Donald, and sister Doris Noveski.
The family will receive friends Sunday 4-8 p.m. at the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Ave., Lorain. Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral chapel followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 41295 N. Ridge Road, Elyria. The Reverend James Becherer will officiate, along with Father Denny St. Marie. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.
Memorial contributions may be made in Irene's memory to the Activity Fund at Amherst Manor Retirement Community, 175 N. Lake St., Amherst, Ohio 44001 or to the New Life Hospice Foundation, 3700 Kolbe Rd., Lorain, Ohio 44053.
Online condolences may be made at www.gluvna.net.
Published in The Morning Journal on Nov. 19, 2011