Irene G. Downey, 89, died surrounded by loved ones on Oct. 27 at Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Windsor following a short illness. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Woodstock. Her husband Edward died on Oct. 24. Following the Mass they were buried together in the Prosper Cemetery in Woodstock.
Mrs. Downey was born on July 1, 1923 in Newark, N.J. the daughter of Arthur and Augusta Hoffmeyer.
Irene grew up in West Orange, N.J.. 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, N.J. until moving to Woodstock 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 there 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.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 7 South Street, Woodstock, Vermont 05091 or the Upper Valley Haven, 713 Hartford Ave., White River Jct., 05001.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock. Condolences may be offered by visiting cabotfh.com
This obituary first appeared in the November 1, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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