Irene Buckalew

Irene Buckalew

Sunday, February 22nd, 1925 - Monday, September 28th, 2020
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Irene Buckalew, age 95, of Parlin, peacefully passed away on Monday, September 28, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in South River, NJ Irene lived in Parlin for most of her life. Before her retirement, Mrs. Buckalew worked for Bradlee’s in customer service. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Irene is predeceased by her beloved husband Cortland Buckalew as well as her parents Joseph & Elizabeth Stepko. Surviving are her children Patricia Holdsworth and Lois & her husband James Shornock, her 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, her brother Charles Stepko; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

Services are private under the direction of the Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home, 15 Cherry Lane, Parlin. Completed arrangements, directions, and letters of condolence to the family may be found by visiting
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Posted at 09:58am
Dear Aunt Ilene,
I will miss you and your sharp wit. I was always amazed at how much you knew about our family history, even in your later years. Your dry sense of humor always kept me laughing when we were together at family functions, and I will miss this deeply,
I love you. Rest in peace, Michelle


Posted at 11:24pm
I have learned so much from my Aunt Ilene about my family history and genealogy. To an amazing women that was independent, steadfast, and strong to the core of her character. She was an amazing woman to me that I hope to half aspire her inspiring age of 95! Love you so much Aunt Ilene, and may you eternally rest in peace.

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