ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Edna "Irene" Gaston, a resident of Ginger Cove in Annapolis since June 2012, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2013) at age 90, from complications of dementia.
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Irene was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Muncy, Pa., to Letha and Edward Budman, and was a sister to Glenn Budman and Edward Budman of Hughesville, Pa. Prior to moving to Annapolis, she and her husband, John, were residents of Allegany, N.Y., for more than 55 years.
After graduation from Hughesville High School, Irene served as a ship's cook, First Class, in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1944 to 1946 and later, after completion of her military service, worked at the Weldon Pajama Factory in Hughesville. During that time, she met her beloved husband, of Turbotville, Pa., and they married Aug. 15, 1950.
John and Irene spent their early married life in Turbotville and then moved to Allegany in 1956. Here, their family grew to include a son, John E. Gaston, and his wife, Ellen, of Annapolis; and two daughters, Barbara J. Wright and Bonny E. Gaston of Alexandria, Va. Irene is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Lauren V. Gaston of Kansas City, Mo., and Grant J. Gaston of West Chester, Pa.
Throughout her life, Irene was an avid cook and baker. She also enjoyed gardening and sewing and was always involved in church and community activities. Most recently, prior to coming to Annapolis, she enjoyed hosting the Sunshine Club, a group of ladies from the Lutheran church dedicated to helping community members in need.
Memorial services were held Saturday (Jan. 4, 2014), at Ginger Cove in Annapolis. A memorial service will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Allegany at a date and time to be set, with burial to follow in Allegany Cemetery.
Local arrangements are under the direction of the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean, NY 14706.
Since Irene held family, faith and community as those things dearest in her heart, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 36 N. 4th St., Allegany, NY 14706.
Casey Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home
3128 Nys Route 417 W Olean, NY 14760
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Jan. 7, 2014