Esther M. Irwin (1924 - 2014)

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Esther M. Irwin, 90, a resident of Christ the King Manor, DuBois, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
She was born Aug. 27, 1924, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Berney and Esther Gertrude Weihrauch Shafer.
Esther was married to Clarence Irwin, who preceded her in death Oct. 4, 2013.
She was a loving and caring homemaker. Esther was also an artist, whose talents were recognized by her fifth grade art teacher at the age of 11, when she won Grand Prize in the Associated Artists national contest for her "french crayon" drawing of "The Woman on the Steps". Her photo was featured by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Many years later, she was recognized in the Pittsburgh Press Sunday, June 10, 1945, issue, for sending "pinups" to her hubby, Clarence, who was in the Marine Corps during World War II.
She worked at the Cherry Point, N.C., Marine Base until Clarence was transferred to other parts of the world during World War II. After discharge from the Marines, she and Clarence returned to Pittsburgh to work and raise their family.
Esther is survived by her three children: her daughter, Beverly Dawes (Ronald) of DuBois, and sons, Roy Irwin and Ron Irwin (Holly) of Atlanta, Ga.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, with whom she shared over 70 years of married life.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert V. Burns Funeral Home, 638 Wood Street, Clarion.
A memorial service for Clarence and Esther will be announced at a later date.
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Robert V Burns Funeral Home
638 Wood St
Clarion, PA 16214
(814) 226-6300
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Published in The Courier Express from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2014