BRAMPTON - Irene Marie Besson, 97, entered into eternal rest with the Lord on Sept. 23, 2012, at the Bishop Noa Home where she had resided since Feb. 14, 2012.
Irene was born on April 11, 1915, in Manistee County, and was the daughter of Eva and Birque McClish. At age 3, Irene and her parents moved to Wells, Mich., before moving to Brampton where she resided until taking up residency at the Biship Noa Home in Escanaba. Three years after the death of her sister, Dorothy, and by the grace of God, Irene was united in marriage to her late sister's husband, Kenneth Besson on April 3, 1961 at St. Joseph's Church in Perkins. With much love, courage, and a great deal of hard work, she proved to be a devoted mother to Dorothy and Kenneth's nine daughters. In addition, she was employed at the Oja Nursing Home in Brampton until age 65. She also was a loving, caring wife to Kenneth, especially during his declining years. Her hobbies included gardening reading, watching the Wheel of Fortune, and spending time watching birds and animals.
In addition to her husband, parents, and sister Dorothy, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Vira, Ethel and Donna, and one brother, Clyde McClish.
Irene Marie Besson
She is survived by: sister, Lela (Otis) Williams of Lewiston, Mich.; nine daughters, Rhea (Dick) Nimmer of Spread Eagle, Wis., Grace (Tom) Nebel of Brampton, Caroline (Joe) Vandeville of Merritt Island, Fla., Gloria (Dennis) LaCrosse of Brampton, Elaine (Mike) Lauscher of Brampton, Dianne (Rick) Kintop of Porterfield, Wis., Sharon (Phil) Franklin of Laurel Hill, Fla., Teresa Besson of Escanaba, and Joanne (Gerry) Kovalik of Waterford, Wis.; 19 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private visitation and services were held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Jacek Wtyklo and Rev. Fr. Emmett Norden officiating. Burial was in the Perkins Cemetery. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the Besson family.