NILES - Edith Irene Markle Jagnow, 78, died at 11:43 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren following a long illness.
She was born in Warren on March 31, 1935, the daughter of James Delbert and Lillian Marie Deetscreek Markle and lived in this community all her life.
She was known by everyone as "Irene."
A 1953 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, while in high school, she was a fashion model for J.C. Penney.
After high school, she was a telephone operator for the Warren Telephone Co. and later the United Telephone Co. Her image was used in advertising and she was known as "the voice with a smile."
She was a bookkeeper for the Trumbull County Engineer's Office and retired as the fiscal officer after 44 years of service.
An adventurer and world traveler, she also was a caregiver to her mother and brother and always had "lots of love in her heart." A homemaker, she enjoyed language studies and cherished the time spent with her family.
Irene is survived by her caregiver, Bobby Stout; her sister, Sherry J. (Dominic R.) Gizzi of Lowellville; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, James Markle; and a sister, Gloria Pallante.
The funeral will be 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home, where family and friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Debbie Dockstader will officiate.
Burial will be in Niles City Cemetery.
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