Irene May Harrington

March 20, 1927April 11, 2018

Irene May Harrington (born March 20, 1927) formerly of Livonia MI, died peacefully on April 11, 2017 at the Nursing Home of Lourdes Senior Community, Waterford Ml.

Irene attended St. Cecilia Grade and High School, Detroit Ml. She continued her studies at the University of Detroit and graduated from Madonna University, Livonia Ml.

She was the second of four children born to John and Norah (Cronin) Harrington, Irish immigrant parents. She worked for the Federal Government for 37 years, the last twenty-two years as Secretary to the Director of Veterans Administration (1960 to 1982), Detroit Regional Office. She always had a great concern for veterans, their health and their rights. Irene lived with her parents whom she cared for and watched over in their final years. She will always be remembered as a loving, faithful, and sacrificing caregiver for her parents.

Upon their deaths, she moved to Livonia where she was active in her parish, St Collette Catholic Church, in the Altar Care Volunteers and the annual parish Catholic Services Appeal campaigns. She was a volunteer at St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher home for children. She was a member of the Livonia Friends of the Library, the Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Society and Opus Dei.

Irene had a great love for the fine arts. Endowed with a beautiful soprano voice, she sang at many weddings and special affairs. She had a great love for opera and the Detroit Civic Light Opera programs. She majored in art at Madonna University and was a faithful visitor to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Pink was her favorite color and Chanel #5 her fragrance of choice.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Norah Harrington, her brothers, Jack and Tim (Ted), and sister-in-law Margie. Irene leaves behind her brother, Bishop Bernard J. Harrington of Winona MN, sister-in-law Kathleen Harrington of Livonia, MI, ten nieces and nephews: Kathy Lehrter (Troy OH), Colleen Fitzpatrick (West Bloomfield MI), Maureen Sherry (Rochester Hills MI), Kathleen Carney (Caledonia MI), Timothy Harrington (Royal Oak), Mary Pat O'Malley (Livonia MI), Patrick Harrington (Livonia MI), Peggy Shivers (Lake Orion MI), Michael Harrington (Farmington Hills) and Shelagh Gleeson (Royal Oak MI). She is also survived by thirty-eight grand nieces and nephews and nine great grand nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at the Harry Will Funeral Home, 37000 W Six Mile Rd, Livonia 48152 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on April 15 and half hour before the Mass of the Resurrection at St. Collette Catholic Church on April 16 at 10:00 am at 17600 Newburgh Rd in Livonia. Burial at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Southfield Ml.

The family wishes to thank the administration and staff of Lourdes Senior Community, both the Nursing Home and the Mendelson Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorial gifts be given to: Sacred Heart Major Seminary 2701 Chicago Blvd, Detroit MI 48206, or Lourdes Senior Community 2300 Watkins Lake Rd, Waterford MI 48328.


  • Visitation Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Rosary Service Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Mass of the Resurrection Monday, April 16, 2018

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John Lizza

April 16, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Harrington family.
~John Lizza and family

Cori Sharrard

April 16, 2018

Thank-you for allowing the staff at Mendelson Home to share in Irene's life. She was an elegant woman who we are so grateful to have been able to care for over the five plus years she spent with us. It was our privilege and honor to have known her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.

Donna Trombley

April 15, 2018

I would like to extend my condolences to the family on behalf of my family - the Whalen's. We lived across the street from the Harrington's on Woodbine and have many memories of Irene and her parents. There was a grotto with a statue of Mary in their backyard and as children we would come over to put flowers by the statue and Irene was always pleasant and patient with us. Never complaining when we would just appear in their backyard at random times of the day. I remember her driving her Mustang down to the end of the street and parking it there while she would catch the bus downtown. She had a kind and gentle spirit and took loving care of her parents. May her family find comfort in all the wonderful memories they have of time spent with her.

Heidi Hessling Marijczyn

April 13, 2018

So sorry to hear about the loss of Cousin Irene. I remember her as a warm hostess and a great story teller. My fond memories are of her telling the Harrington history and filling in pieces from my Grandma Nora Harrington Young's stories. Our sympathy goes out to her immediate family.

Eric Dhondt

April 12, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Irene's passing. I have very fond memories of her and all of the Harrington family. She was my mother's cousin and a dear friend to her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely - Eric D'Hondt