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Irene A. O'Rourke, 86, of 804 Rasselas Road, Wilcox, died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013, at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
She was born March 6, 1926 in Wilcox, daughter of the late Edward and Alice Retzer Powell.
On June 14, 1945 in St. Ann's Church, Wilcox, she married Calvin S. O'Rourke, who survives.
She resided in Wilcox all her life and graduated from Wilcox High School in 1944. She was a member of St. Ann's Church. She enjoyed cooking and baking. She owned the "Ponderosa" in Wilcox along with her husband. She was employed by Bell Telephone Co. in Ridgway for several years. She had owned and operated the McFarland House in Wilcox for 10 years.
In addition to her husband at home, she is survived by a son, Calvin D. O'Rourke and his wife Cheryl of Smethport; four daughters, Rebecca Walters of Wilcox, Ind., Mrs. Richard O'Connell of Wilcox, Fay, Mrs. Jeff Glissman of Laramie, Wyo., and Kelle, Mrs. Tom Jacobs of Johnsonburg; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nedra Rooney of Erie.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Darcie O'Rourke; two sons, Darby and Kirby O'Rourke; three brothers, Grant, Norbert, and Robert Powell; three sisters, Jean Costner, Fay Weber, and Beverly Hull; and two grandchildren in infancy.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Irene A. O'Rourke will be conducted at St. Ann's Church at a later date.
Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut Street, Johnsonburg.
If desired, memorial contributions should be made to Elk Haven Nursing Home, 785 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857.
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