March 23, 1924 – January 10, 2019
Irene J. Smith of Cornfield Point, Old Saybrook died on January 10, 2019, at the age of 94. She was the widow of Howard F. Smith and predeceased by her son James. She is survived by her son Stephen, his wife Tracy, granddaughter Eloise, son-in-law Nick, her sister Jean of La Mesa, CA and many nieces and nephews. Born in West Hartford on March 23, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Emily and Felix Lawrynowicz. She loved to garden, was a member of the Hart House Garden Ladies, volunteered at the Estuary Council Senior Center and was very fond of her YMCA pool friends.
Memorial services will be held at St. Johns Church in Old Saybrook on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Estuary Council of Seniors in Old Saybrook, CT.
Mass of Christian Burial
St John Church
161 Main St
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Diane and Pat Clark and Underwood
January 16, 2019
Stephen, Tracey and Ellie,
Your mom, mother-in-law and grandmother, Irene, is hopefully enjoying her rest in heaven by now, having made the transition to the climate and ambiance. It could be very bright and
cloudy days of December and January on the salt marsh in Old Saybrook.
Some of the things she may be doing:
Getting her lawnmower revved up to prepare for heavenly, weedless grass; checking the beach to see if it's calm enough to take a swim with her friend, Noodle;
hanging God's laundry on a clothesline near a salt air marsh, hoping the passing seagulls don't fly over it;
telling Francis he was smart to tell the two girls at 11 Wildwood he needed to
"see a man about a horse" when he really wanted to use their toilet during the yearly neighborhood cookouts;
taking a golf cart ride, in her dreams, with her favorite cart buddy, Stephen, who kept his promise to his mom as she enjoyed her cozy, castle on the salt marsh in Cornfield Point, Old Saybrook.
We hope your family will carry on your mom's tradition of caring and her love for the Cornfield Point neighborhood she and Francis raised you in....fishing, blue crabbing and love for the Long Island Sound. She was a good neighbor to us, always.
Diane and Pat
January 14, 2019
Stephen Tracy and Ellie
We are all so sorry for the passing of your mother. She was a real inspiration for everyone with her energy especially in her gardens and the work she did at the Senior Center. The beach won’t be the same without her sitting there reading her latest novel. She will truly be missed.
Carol and Jeff
January 13, 2019
Irene and Francis were dear friends of our family during our summers at Cornfield Point. Irene’s ability to walk barefooted over the stones with noodle in hand always amazed me! I will certainly miss our book reviews and her gardening tips. She will be surely missed!
My heartfelt condolences to Stephen, Tracy and Ellie.
January 12, 2019
Irene Smith was a loving presence in Cornfield point and the women’s auxiliary for many years.
I will miss her presence in the neighborhood and riding with her loving son in the golf cart. May she rest in peace. ⭐️