Irene A. Garland 1931-2017

AUSTINTOWN — Irene Adele Fusco Garland, 86, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at Hospice House.

She was born Jan. 21, 1931, in Youngstown, the daughter of Anthony and Florence James Fusco.

She was a graduate of The Rayen School, class of 1949. Irene retired May 13, 1994, from the Austintown School System, where she worked in the cafeteria for 24 years.

She was a member of Mineral Ridge Church of Christ, where she was involved in Women Working for Christ, a member of Kum Double Class and was a deaconess. Irene cherished the Senior Citizens Small Group Bible Study to which she belonged. Irene enjoyed cooking and doing things with her grandchildren. Most of all Irene enjoyed going to the beach with her grandchildren.

Irene leaves five children, Bill (Cathy) Garland of Mineral Ridge, Donna (Doug) “Sis” Gilkerson of Columbus, Jeff Garland, her caregiver, of Austintown, Kay (Doug) Bryan of Mt. Gilead and John Garland of Austintown; one brother, John (Grace) Fusco; seven grandchildren, D.J. (Sarah) Fisher, Larry (Liz) Fisher, April (Eric) Keever, Alan Bryan, Ashlee Bryan, Katie (Chad) Morris and Sarah (Nick) Serb; as well as eight great-grandchildren, Faith, Christian, Grace, Thomas, Eli, Jasmine and Malachi Fisher, and baby, Morris.

Irene also leaves three nephews, John (Kelly) Fusco, Bob (Lora) Fusco and Mike (Dayna) Fusco; and six great-nieces and great-nephews, Thad, Ryan, Andrew, Lucas, Isabella and Sophia.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Irene will be 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at Mineral Ridge Church of Christ. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel, and again 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Mineral Ridge Church of Christ, prior to the 11 a.m. services.

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