Irene Hammontree

November 19, 1936March 5, 2019

Irene Hammontree, loving wife, mother and sister, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 surrounded in love at the age of 82. She is survived by Jim, her husband of 61 years; her four children, Bob Hammontree (Carol), Charles Hammontree (Angela), Hope Davenport (Patrick) and Barbara Bennett (Keith); nine grandchildren; one great grandchild on the way; siblings, Annette Marcinkoski, Marcella Hansel (Gary) and Frank Marcinkoski (Martha); brother-in-law, John Hammontree (Joyce); and 15 nieces and nephews. Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Barbara (Popiel) Marcinkoski; and loving grandson, Craig James Frost.

Born on November 19, 1936 and raised in Firestone Park in Akron, she attended St. Paul’s Parish and Garfield High School. While attending the University of Akron, she met the love of her life, Jim, at a youth church dance and was never far from his side for the next 64 years. The early part of their marriage found them in Norfolk, Virginia, Parma and finally in North Canton and in Stark County where they have resided for the past 54 years.

She was dedicated first to her family in her partnership with her husband in raising the children and taking care of the household while Jim worked and started a business. She was always the smiling face in the audience who attended most, if not all, of their children’s activities and continued the tradition with her grand children when given the opportunity. She served on the Board of Managers at Hammontree & Associates, Limited for 20 years in support of the family business.

Irene was very engaged in community volunteer groups where she served as Girl Scout Leader of Troop 928 and was on the executive committee of many organizations including Junior Women, Mercy Medical Service League, Walsh Women’s Committee and also served as President of St. Paul’s Woman’s Guild and Central Catholic Ladies’ Guild. Irene was honored as honorary Chairman of Walsh University’s Kentucky Derby Party which gave her great joy and a deep sense of pride at being recognized for her contributions of her time, talent and treasures to the school.

As her children grew Irene became more involved in fostering her many friendships through many outlets. She and her husband travelled the world with the opportunity to visit 65 different countries all the while making friends on their many excursions. She was Past President of Brookside Country Club’s 9-Holers and Bowling Leagues, a member of the IMPS, and played bridge with many different groups and friends.

Irene was a woman of quiet faith through her daily reading of the Magnificat and daily prayers for those who needed a lift from the Lord. She was a great supporter of many Catholic missions, veterans groups and sponsored a child from both Guatemala and Ecuador.

She had the gift of hospitality and was always concerned with other’s comfort. Her holiday decorating, family meals, and good jokes always made family gatherings memorable. Family and friends will miss her ever present love, warmth, sweet disposition and encouraging words.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 3430 St. Michael Blvd., Canton, with Rev. Fr. Don King officiating. Interment will be in North Canton Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday from 6-8pm in the Karlo-Libby Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Walsh University or St. Michael the Archangel Parish.


  • Walsh University
  • St. Michael the Archangel Parish


  • Visitation Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 9, 2019

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Marne Parmelee

March 8, 2019

Sending my love and deepest condolences to the Hammontree Family: May God bless you as you try to find peace during this difficult time. Irene has been a pillar of strength for you and all who knew her. Her spirit will embrace you as beautiful memories shine her dignity and grace down to guide your paths. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Very truly yours,
Marne Kinney Parmelee

John Ritchie

March 8, 2019

So very sorry to hear of the loss of this wonderful woman. Although I never had the privilege of meeting her, by working with her daughter Hope it is easy to recognize what a great person she was as this is demonstrated in how she raised her. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time but we rejoice in knowing that she is in the safe embrace of our Lord.

Barb Bennett

March 7, 2019

My mum was terrific!