Irene P. Sarlo

July 10, 1920December 23, 2018
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Irene P. Sarlo (98) Marco Island, Florida Irene P. Sarlo (Keefe) 98 and a half, went to meet our Lord peacefully the morning of December 23, 2018. In loving memory of a great woman, a wonderful person, friend and lovely wife of her soul mate for 65 years, Humphrey Sarlo. Irene was born and raised in Yonkers, New York to Eugene and Hellen Keefe (Sullivan) on July 10, 1920. She graduated from the NYC Saint Mary Catholic School. She married her love of her life in August of 1953. The Sarlo's became Marco Island residents in 1983. Irene is survived by her devoted husband Humphrey, son Ronald Giacco and daughter, Patricia Donohue (Deceased, Mr. Donohue). Grandchildren: William, Kelly Anne, Sean Donohue and her lovely granddaughter Bridgit Donohue. Great Grandchildren: Charlotte, Lorelei, Gabe, and Finlee Donohue (Arizona). Wonderful nephews: Kevin Keefe (Mary) NY, Gregory Keefe (Barbara) NY, Brian Keefe, NY, Christopher (Katty) and Meghan Keefe. Jim Capiola (Carmela) and children, Jim Sarlo (Ruth) and children, Anthony Sarlo (Janis), Dennis Sarlo (Beverly) and many Sarlo's nephews and nieces. Lovely friends, always with her: Mary Rose and Jim Crewdson, John Baier, Karen and Larry Bardash, Allison and husband, Mae and Dan, Amadeo and Joan Patricca, Jim and Katty Birch and many others. Irene's devoted nurse, Susan Ames, and her 4 legged friend "Max". She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers: James, Eugene (wife), and Thomas Keefe, nephew Thomas Keefe, Jr. She will be remembered for her dignity, loyalty and strong faith. We'll miss you forever. Traditional Catholic Requiem Mass will be celebrated by Father William Jenkins on January 2, 2019 at 11:30 am at Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home on Marco Island. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A reception will follow at CJ's on The Bay, 740 N Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145. In lieu of flowers, we hope you'll honor Irene's memory with your prayers for her.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Traditional Catholic Requiem Mass Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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Sal Sarlo

January 3, 2019

My Dearest Irene, if I may borrow the words of Thomas Moore:

It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervour and faith of a love can be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear!

No! the heart that has truly loved, never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close;
As the sun-flower turns on her god, when he sets,
The same look which she turned when he rose!

With all my love,

Frank and Marybeth Paterno

January 2, 2019

Irene was a very special lady. Seeing her and sal during our visit to marco island was the highlight of our trip.

Tony Sarlo

December 29, 2018

Years pass by so quickly and I had not seen Aunt Irene and Uncle Buster in many years. But we kept in touch via phone and text. I fondly recount texting as it is so modern but they learned to do it and did it often and well.
I am so happy that I was able to visit with them on Marco Island last February. Aunt Irene was engaging and witty, still with a twinkle in her eye. We enjoyed good conversation and good food. And I was shown around the island in a big boat with wheels with Uncle Buster driving. A wonderful visit. I also met Max, "her dog" who lived next door. And of course John Baier who owns the house where Max sleeps. John is a true friend and I am so glad he lives next door to them. He gives them the comfort of friendship and offers delicious meals. Aunt Irene was fortunate to have such a good neighbor. And an adoring husband of 65 years.
So it is with sadness that I say goodbye to you, Aunt Irene. May God bless and keep you, a wonderful woman who lived a wonderful life.

John Baier

December 29, 2018

I got to know Irene, and Sal, when I moved into the house next door. Over the years, we became a family. We were constantly in contact and Irene loved my cooking. Her appetite was awesome. She also loved my dog, Max, a black Cockapoo; Max is 4 years old and I always said he was Irene's dog, but merely lived with me. I can't begin to explain how we, Max and I, will miss Irene. Her wonderful sense of
humor and sharp mind were a treasure. May she rest in peace.