Irene Whited

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Irene Whited, 74, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend to so many died Sunday morning May 13, 2018, at Novant's Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem. Born on Jan. 23, 1944, in Denver, Colo., she was the daughter of the late Arnold and Elwine von Kaenel. Before moving to North Carolina, Irene spent many years growing up, raising her son, and working in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She had a successful career working in customer service for several large chemical companies. Her position with Hoechst-Celanese brought her to North Carolina and was also where she met her husband of almost 27 years, Michael Whited. After retiring in 2008, she put her energy in many areas. She and Mike enjoyed traveling and regularly visiting with family and friends around the country and abroad. She enjoyed volunteering at Autumn Care Nursing Home where she would give manicures and have conversations with many residents over the years. She was also an active member of the Newcomers Club of Salisbury-Rowan. She would participate in both the fellowship and outreach activities that this group provided. Irene was a prolific writer of cards and letters to the many people that she cared for or to others she thought might need encouragement. Irene's kindness, and willingness to listen and help, blessed her with many friends. She will be greatly missed. Irene is survived by her son, John Medico (wife, Bianca; grandchildren, Sophie, Ava, Jack) of Houston, Texas; her husband, Michael of Salisbury and children, Chad Whited (wife, Jill; step-sons, Daniel and Troy Stanley) of Inman, S.C., Jennifer Whited McDaniel (husband, Travis McDaniel; granddaughter, Kinley) of Greer, S.C., and Matt Whited (wife, Sandy) of Santa Ana, Calif. She is also survived by her brothers, Walter von Kaenel (wife Karen) of Rochester, N.Y. and Arnold von Kaenel (wife Karen) of Kona, Hawaii. Service: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m., at Powles Staton Funeral Home, 913 West Main St., Rockwell, NC 28138, (704) 279-7241. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Rowan Helping Ministries at or via check to address 226 North Long St., Salisbury, NC 28144. Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the Whited family. Online condolences may be made at
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Published in Salisbury Post on May 17, 2018