Irene V. Palkendo

Irene V. Palkendo
Irene V. Palkendo, 86, a resident at Weatherwood Nursing Home, Weatherly, formerly of Lansford, passed away on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Lehigh Valley Health Network, Hazleton. She was the wife of the late Andrew G. Palkendo, who died in 1985.
Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Sophie (Kalis) Gajewski.
She worked for the former Kiddie Kloes Garment Factory in Lansford for 40 years.
She was a member of the former St. Ann's Catholic Church, and a current member of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, both of Lansford. Irene was also a member of the Church Choir.
Surviving is a son, Lawrence Palkendo, and his wife Helen, of Falls Church, VA; a daughter, Andrea Nichols, and her husband Joseph, of Summit Hill; five grandchildren, Rachael Dugan, and her husband James, Myriam Zinn, and her husband Chris, Larry Palkendo Jr., and his wife Amy, Jolene Bliss, and Roderick T. Bliss IV; a great-grandson, Roderick T. Bliss V; a sister, Greta Laskowski, and her husband Emil, of Tamaqua; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by five sisters, Victoria Porambo, Steffie Porambo, Verna Kuchinsky, Roberta Opresko, and Frances Hifko; three infant sisters, Stella, Mary, and Jenny; three brothers, Walter Gajewski, Martin Gajewski, and Joseph Gajewski.
Service: Funeral service is on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. from the Skrabak-Parambo Funeral Home, 210 E. Bertsch St., Lansford; followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford. Interment will follow at Sky-View Memorial Park, Hometown. Calling hours are Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be signed at

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Published in Times News on Feb. 24, 2014