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 Irene G. <I>Hoffmeyer</I> Downey

Irene G. Hoffmeyer Downey

Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Death 27 Oct 2012 (aged 89)
Windsor, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Burial Woodstock, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 100021534 · View Source
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Woodstock, Vermont - Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Irene G. Downey, 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Windsor, Vermont following a short illness.

Mrs. Downey was born on July 1, 1923 in Newark, New Jersey the daughter of Arthur and Augusta Hoffmeyer. Irene grew up in West Orange, New Jersey. She graduated from West Orange High School in 1942 and married her high school sweetheart Edward F. Downey on May 10, 1945.

Edward and Irene raised their five children in Pluckemin, New Jersey until moving to Woodstock, Vermont in 1972. She had a wonderful sense of humor. She also was artistic and painted many pictures for her Woodstock home, as well as the homes of her children and grandchildren. In addition to her art, Irene was an innovative and wonderful cook who published a cookbook with her daughter Louise. Irene was active in the Prosper Homemakers of Woodstock, volunteered at the Library and in her earlier years in Woodstock was a substitute teacher and enjoyed helping many children. She was also an active member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church of Woodstock. Irene enjoyed her time with her husband Edward as they toured the world in their 1926 Vintage Bentley that Mr. Downey restored. She very much enjoyed being with family and friends until her death.

Irene leaves, her four children: Peg Carton and her husband Tom, Catherine Downey, James Downey, Thomas Downey and his wife Trina. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Christopher, Anne, Tom, Meg, Missy, Maggie, Eva, Lili, Jess, Nick, and Kailin and 10 great grandchildren: Iris, Oskar, Brit, Sumner, Luke, Elouise, Adrian, Liam, Aletha, and John.

She was predeceased by her husband Edward on October 24, 2012 and their daughter Louise Downey in 2008. A funeral Mass was celebrated for Irene and her husband Edward on Monday October 29th at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Woodstock. Following the Mass they were buried together in the Prosper Cemetery in Woodstock.

In Lieu of Flowers memorial donations may be given to Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 7 South Street, Woodstock, Vermont 05091or the Upper Valley Haven, 713 Hartford Ave., White River Jct., VT 05001.

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  • Maintained by: Craig Hoffmeyer
  • Originally Created by: David Edsall
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100021534
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Irene G. Hoffmeyer Downey (1 Jul 1923–27 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100021534, citing Prosper Cemetery, Woodstock, Windsor County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Craig Hoffmeyer (contributor 47097272) .