Sunbury - Irene Marie Howard, 81 of North Twelfth Street, passed away, Sunday, February 13, 2022 at ProMedica in Sunbury.
She was born September 19, 1940 in Nanticoke a daughter of the late John and Stella Pelehach. On November 11, 1961 she married Herman William Howard, Jr. who preceded her in death in 2011. They were married for over 50 years.
Irene graduated from Nanticoke High School and from the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia as a registered nurse.
She was employed by Sunbury Community Hospital for 44 years before retiring in 2006.
Irene was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lewisburg.
She was past Matron of Sunbury Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star #266 and Past Royal Matron of William A. Knecht Memorial Court, Order of the Amaranth #144.
Irene was a talented seamstress and crafter. She particularly enjoyed counted cross-stitch.
She is survived by daughter Ingrid L. Howard of Sunbury, sister-in-law Judith Howard of Huntington Valley, niece Catherine Howard and nephew Robert Howard and his wife Karen.
In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her son Herman W. Howard III.
Friends and family may visit Wednesday from 6-7:40pm at the Zweier Funeral Home, 157 Chestnut Street, Sunbury, at 7:40 an Eastern Star service will begin followed by an Amaranth Service at 8:00pm. A visitation will again be held from 10-11am at the First Baptist Church, 51 S 3rd Street, Lewisburg where the funeral service will follow at 11am with Rev. Mackenzie Scott and Rev. Jillian Hankamer officiating.
Interment will follow in Pomfret Manor Cemetery, Sunbury.
All attending the viewing and/or service are asked to adhere to the social distance guidelines and wear a mask.
Contributions in Irene’s memory may be made to the First Baptist Church, 51 S. 3rd Street, Lewisburg, PA. 17837 or to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia by way of the Sunbury Shrine Club, c/o Maurice Clouser, 177 Meadowgreen Drive, Mifflinburg, PA. 17844.