Irene E Cosentino

October 14, 1935March 24, 2021

On March 24, 2021, Irene Elsie Buechse Cosentino of Norwich, CT, 85, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior.

Irene was born October 14, 1935, in Norwich CT, to Joseph and Rose Buechse. She resided in Norwich her entire life. She was the youngest of 3 children predeceased by her brother Maximilian Buechse and sister Theresa VanNorman of Shortsville, New York.

Irene attended Norwich Free Academy and was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Norwich for many years. She met the love of her life and husband of 59 and half years at a dance hall in Westerly, RI. They were married on October 14, 1961 in Norwich. They had 3 children Sandra, Wayne and Cheryl. Early on she was a stay at home mom and took care of her elderly mother until she passed.

Irene loved flowers, baking pies, reading romance novels and traveling with her family on yearly camping trips. She traveled to her ancestral countries of Germany and Austria in later years. She also traveled with her husband to various places and her last adventure to Hawaii with her daughter and granddaughters. She loved picnic’s and gatherings with family and friends.

Irene started at Strick’s Bakery at the Norwich Town Mall in the 1980’s. Irene then went to Delia’s Grinder and Bakery Shop where she worked for many years until her retirement. She made many lifelong friends and acquaintances along the way. She will be greatly missed by all.

Irene is survived by her husband, Donald Cosentino; children, Sandra Carpenter, Wayne Cosentino (Penelope), and Cheryl Jones (Noel); grandchildren, Rebecca Cosentino, Nina Morrone, Nicole Zaneski, Conor and Madeleine Jones, Nico and Selena Cosentino, and her great granddaughter Sophie Morrone. She leaves behind sister-in-laws many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Her memory will be cherished by all who knew her.

There will be a memorial service held at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Norwich on Monday, April 5, from 10am to 12pm, followed by a burial service at Maplewood Cemetery in Norwich. In remembrance of Irene, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Please visit to leave an online tribute or condolence.


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Jorge and Denise Guerra

April 5, 2021

Jorge and I enjoyed being with Irene at the many family functions held at Wayne and Penelope's home. She was kind and welcoming and often funny too, with her stories and forthright comments.

It was plain to see that Irene was surrounded by a loving family, a husband who cared deeply for her, children and grandchildren who adored her and loved being around her. In this way, Irene lived a charmed life, with the important things shining in her eyes and held close to her heart.

We'll miss you, Irene.

Selena and Nico Cosentino

April 1, 2021

Dear Gramma- I will always remember coloring with you..selena
I will never forget you coming on trips to Block Island amd New Hampshire. We will miss you terribly and keep you close to our heart. Love you to Infinity and Beyond ❤️ and

Nina Carpenter

March 31, 2021

My grandmother was a wonderful woman. I will miss her so very much. When my sister and I were young, my grandmother would come to our house every morning and get us on the school bus safely. We would sit in her car as we waited, and she would make up stories. She had a fantastic imagination. The stories she created were always adventurous and unique. My favorite one was about a raindrop that fell to earth and wasn’t quite quite sure how to get back home. He had to travel many places and learn many things to get back home, first a puddle, then a stream, into the ocean, and then back up to the sky to be reunited with his friends. I loved this story and often thought of it growing up, it always gave me a sense of connectedness to the greater whole of life. I hope as she journeys back home, she feels how deeply she is loved and how much she will be missed until we can all be together again.

Barbara Hamilton

March 30, 2021

Irene was a great friend and neighbor and will be missed so very much. I loved visiting in the evenings as we were both night owls. I loved listening to her stories and telling me about her family; she had so much pride and you could see the love in her eyes as she talked about her children and grandchildren. We shared a lot of laughter and I am so grateful for the time we spent together.