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Swan Funeral Home

80 East Main Street, Clinton, CT

OBITUARY

Irene Stickney

June 14, 1922September 19, 2019
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Irene Louise (Longo) Stickney, 97, of Clinton, passed on September 19, 2019. Irene was born in New Haven on June 14, 1922 to the late Antonio and Anna (Millano) Longo. She was predeceased by her husband Erwin & son Eugene Stickney. Also predeceased by her brothers Jack, Anthony, John, Silvester, & Albert Longo & sisters Jean Goulet & Kathleen Harris. Irene grew up in New Haven, the second oldest of 10 surviving children, 13 total. She was a graduate of Hill House High School 1940 and went on to take secretarial classes. She married the love of her life, her high school sweetheart, Erwin and raised their two children in Hamden. During WWII while her husband was in the Navy she worked on Mares Island, CA for the Navy department. She later worked 28 years for Southern New England Telephone Company where she was an operator and later a supervisor. She moved to Clinton in the late 1970’s and after Erwin died in 1984 she devoted her time to her grandchildren and community. Irene was a giver, always volunteering her time to the soup kitchen and a longtime member of St Mary’s church. She was involved in numerous activities: 49ers club, dance class, exercise class, Telephone Pioneers, Clinton Leisure Club. She loved to tell a joke, music and dancing and was known to tell people, you need to keep moving! Her Italian cookies were famous among family and friends! She leaves behind her daugher, Barbara Kleefeld (Clinton), daughter in law, Karen Stickney (Old Saybrook), Grandchildren: Kellie Gosselin of Essex, David (Darlene) Stickney of Cheshire, Kurt (Tiffany) Kleefeld of Lyme, Kristin (Derek) Rand of Deep River, Colleen (Jason) Bloom of Westbrook, and her fourteen great grandchildren: Sean, Ryan, Dylan, Rachel Gosselin, Michael & Jenna Stickney, Harrison & Jillian Kleefeld, Caliana & Lexington Rand, Carrie, Travis, Caden, & Taryn Bloom. She is also survived by her sisters, Monica Italia, Louise (Anthony) Mozzillo, Ann Marie Sayles, Suzanne Infantino, and many nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be Sunday, September 29th at Swans Funeral Home, 80 E Main St, Clinton from 2-6pm. Funeral Services will be Monday, September 30th at St Mary’s Church of Visitation, 11am, 54 Grove Street, Clinton. Burial will be at a later date. Donations in Irene’s name may be made to: Estuary Council of Seniors: 220 Main Street Old Saybrook, CT 06475 or Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries P.O. Box 804 Essex, CT 06426.

Services

  • Calling Hours Sunday, September 29, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, September 30, 2019

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Lorraine Anderson

September 29, 2019

I can remember Irene dancing away, making seniors laugh, and showing love to all.
I loved her Italian-cookies . Irene was a very fun and giving lady.
We’ll miss her wonderful personality.
She is among the angels, and I’m sure she is on the entertainment committee in heaven!

With prayers for her and family.

Lorraine an Ron

Jay Bloom

September 29, 2019

Nan's love of life came through loud and clear and we are blessed to have had her in our lives.

Gail Infantino

September 29, 2019

I met Irene and her family years ago.....she is my aunt Susanne's sister. I most recently met her @guilford senior citizens, dancing class and aunt Susanne's 90th birthday party. The photo's prove she had a full life
Sending my sincere sympathy to all

Howard Ward

September 27, 2019

Sorry to hear of your moms passing. My mom and dad (Pat & Jim Ward) used to be great friends with Irene and Erwin the four of them did a lot of traveling together. I always remembered them as wonderful people.

Our condolences,
Howard & Christie Ward

Kristine Corcoran

September 26, 2019

I remember Irene from all the many wonderful Stickney parties that our family went to over the years. She and her son Gene were always the life of the party!! I will always remember her fondly and especially for her caring for everyone around her. She was an amazing lady!! I still have her Italian cookie recipe from my bridal shower. Her family was so lucky to have her in their lives for as long as they did!!❤❤

Susan, Mark and Sebastian Italia

September 25, 2019

Auntie Irene brought so much fun and happiness to our lives. We will never forget her! We are thinking of you.

With love and hugs,

Susan, Mark and Sebastian Italia

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