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Age 75, of Pittsburgh, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Beloved wife of Ken; cherished mother of Sandy (Tony) Patoni, Thomas McDonough, Robert McDonough and Kimberly Branch; sister of Jacqueline Cadell, Austin (Gail) Scheibel and the late Bill (survived by Alice Ann) Scheibel; grandmother of Edward, Thomas and Nicolette McDonough, Cory and Cameron Branch and Mario Badamo; also survived by a stepson, Steven (Alison) Kortanek and their children, Drew and Evie. A Celebration of Irene was held at Remo's on December 20, 2011. Friends will be received on Friday and Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. (No Visitation Easter Sunday) at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1032 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp., 412-364-4444. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Peter's Church on Monday at 9:30 a.m. Online condolences can be sent to

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2012.
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March 29, 2019
Irene, you are always in my heart. I hope you and my Mom are having a great time in Heaven. Love you always. Lexie
Lexie Scholl
April 25, 2012
Hi Ken
Sorry to hear the news. I'll say a special prayer for you during these difficult times. Just know people are thinking of you and hoping you're doing okay.

Elise Neill
Elise Neill
April 19, 2012
You have been a part of my life for so many years, you have been a Mother to me, you have been that voice of reason and inspiration. You have been a friend. You always made me feel loved and welcomed in your life. I thank you for that. I believe that the people we love in this life become a part of us forever. It has been an honor to be a part of your life. You are missed and loved.... EVERYDAY
Faye Petrack
April 10, 2012
Dear Ken,
Audree and I are sorry to hear of Irene's passing. She was a sweet lady and will be misssed by everyone. We send our prayers and condolences to you.

Sincere prayers to you,

Audree and Russ Vannn
Audree & Russ Vann
April 9, 2012
This was a sad day today saying goodbye. We will miss you so much.
Love, Joyce and Chuck
April 9, 2012
G.Patrick Langford
April 8, 2012

Deedee and I are so terribly sorry to hear of Irene's passing. We know how much you loved her and how much she meant to you. This seems like it is happening all too often these days with a great number of our dear friends. We go back a long way and we are so greatful for the times we spent together. Even when we tried to beat the roulette wheel in Vegas.

All the best and you are always wecome at our house.

Love Don and Deedee
April 8, 2012
Irene's Ken to Irene,"You have touched the fabric of my soul"; Irene to Ken,"The places I have been, the sights I have seen - no one would believe, thanks to my KO. Please weep not for our memories."
Ken Kortanek
April 7, 2012
Dear Sandy, Kimmy, Tommy and Bobby,
I am so sorry for your lost. Your mom was a good person I have nothing but fond memories of her. My deepest sympathy goes to you and your families.
Love Always,
Annette Wasko kumpfmiller
April 7, 2012
Dear Ken and family

I cannot put into words
how saddened we are to hear
about Irene's passing. Ken,
she was my cousin--a kindred
spirit--so bright and so wanting
to learn. She was so proud of
you, and to be a part of your family.
We will miss her so much. Please
know that our thoughts and prayers
are with you. Love Bob and Marsha
April 6, 2012
Ken, Your friends at both the Pittsburgh Philharmonic and the Tuesday Musical Club are saddened to learn of Irene's passing. Our prayers of support are with you. Al Schartner
April 6, 2012
Dear Ken and family,
Condolences from your friends and fellow members of the Tuesday Musical Club.
Terri Denmon
April 5, 2012
Kimmy and family,
Our deepest sympathies on your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person that I always enjoyed talking to and she will be missed by many people.
Jeannine and Slade
Jeannine Noll
April 5, 2012
Grandma you were the most amazing person I have ever met. I love you with all my heart. I will always read for you and you will always be with me. I love you grandma.
cameron branch
April 5, 2012
To Irene's Family,

Irene was a wonderful lady who took care of and cared for everyone she met. She always made me feel welcome and part of her family. She will be greatly missed.
Jacki B
April 5, 2012
Irene was such a fine lady, wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. This world is truly not a better place without her. But, I know she is in heaven and looking down on everyone. She was an angel on earth. Let Irene be our angel in heaven.

My condolences to her wonderful family.
Sharon Suska
April 5, 2012
Ken, I was so sorry to hear of Irene's death. You have our sincere condolences and our thoughts are with you.
Warren and Maryellen Boe (Iowa City, IA)
Warren Boe
April 5, 2012
My mother, the most beautiful women I have ever known. I will miss her everyday of my life! She told me she will always be with me. I am counting on that .I am so proud to be her daughter. I now rely on her strength once again to get through the hardest days of my life! There will always be a void in my heart. God please take care of mummy till i get there. I love and will miss you everyday of my life, kimmy
Kimberly Branch
April 5, 2012
Dear Kimmy, Sandy, Tom and Bob,
Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. Irene was a very special lady! She was a wonderful neighbor to us for many years at the Bascom Ave. house. We will remember her fondly. God's peace to her and all of you.
With Love,
The Wenzig Family
April 4, 2012
April 4, 2012
Irene was our Mom's best friend and she was like family to us. Words can't describe how sad we are and how much we will miss her.We hope she is with our Mom now and they are both in peace. Our deepest sympathy to Ken and Irene's family, we love you all. Lexie and LuLu
Lexie and LuLu Scholl
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