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ROBERTS--Irene Ruth.

Devoted mother, musician, consummate photographer, printmaker, author, seamstress, upholsterer, carpenter, lover of life despite five cancers, historian, and blithe spirit. She is survived by her daughters, Linda E. Nahum and Elizabeth Nahum-Rambel and her brother, Harold Martin. Irene had a knack for turning strangers into best friends and many will miss her. She played in the New York Mandolin Orchestra for over 30 years and was a champion whistler featured in the documentary, "Pucker Up." Her writing has appeared in Pink Ribbon UK and Visible Ink anthologies. Her art was exhibited in New York City and London, and her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Educational Alliance and University Settlement/Chinatown YMCA, Eli Lilly and more. Her forthcoming memoir, "Goulash of Life," traces her childhood in Hungarian Yorkville and reflects a bygone era of immigrants and deep cultural roots. She volunteered as a mentor for NYC high schoolers and participated in 105 art classes at The Creative Center. There was no craft she could not excel at. Her zest for life will live on in all of us, and in the remarkable body of work she joyfully created. Funeral will be held Sunday, March 4, 12 noon at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Ave at West 91st St. Burial to follow at Cedar Park Cemetery, Paramus, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Irene's name to The Creative Center or the NYC Mandolin Orchestra. Shiva will commence following the funeral at the home of Irene Roberts, and will continue from 12 noon to 9pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Published in The New York Times on Mar. 2, 2018