Carmen Maria Irizarry
November 21, 1937 – November 20, 2019
Carmen Maria (Melendez) Irizarry, 81, of Chicopee passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, just one day before her 82nd birthday, at home with her loving family by her side. Carmen was born on November 21, 1937 in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico and was the daughter of the late Gabriel and Matilde (Robles) Melendez. She was the cherished wife of Julio E. Torres with whom she shared 50 years together.
Carmen was a resident in Chicopee for the last 22 years, having previously resided in Lynn and Salem. She had a love for cooking, knitting and flowers but her greatest passion was spending time with her family. Carmen’s heart knew no limits and loved unconditionally. She was a loving mother to eight biological children, three adopted children, and opened up her heart and home to countless others as a foster mother for over 40 years.
Carmen is survived by her cherished husband Julio E. Torres; her loving children Americo Irizarry, Domingo Irizarry and his wife Jeannie, Carmen Falcon and her husband Louis, David Irizarry, Mildred Singh and her partner Nadia Ramos, Johnny Irizarry and his wife Kathy, Anthony Irizarry-Torres, Alexis Irizarry-Torres and the late Enrique Irizarry-Torres. She is the dear sister to Alberto Sanabria, Lucy Sanabria, Ernesto Pagan, Estbenia Pagan, Wito Pagan, Madeline Pagan, Dora Pagan, Corsa Pagan, and Sara Pagan; the adored grandmother to 16 grandchildren; great-grandmother to 28; and the great-great grandmother to three; she is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Carmen’s visiting hours will be held at Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn on Monday, December 2, 2019 from 4-8 PM. Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home at 11 AM. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn.
- Visiting Hours Monday, December 2, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, December 3, 2019