Irene Marie Barron

GLADSTONE — Irene Marie Barron, 88, of Gladstone, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019, at the Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba.

Irene was born Aug. 17, 1930, in St. Nicholas, the daughter of Adolph and Sibella (LaFaut) Lippens. She was united in marriage to Daniel “Copper” Barron on Oct. 1, 1949, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Perkins. Irene was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Flat Rock and was active with the Altar Society. She was also a former member of the Highland Golf Course and the VFW Auxiliary in Escanaba as well as an auxiliary member of the Gladstone Yacht Club. Irene loved spending time with her family. She loved everyone and never met a stranger.

Irene is survived by her sons, Robert (Barbara) Barron of Flat Rock, Clifford (Barb) Barron of Flat Rock, Wallace (Donna) Barron of Gladstone, Thomas (Linda) Barron of Flat Rock and Patrick (Michelle) Barron of Escanaba; her daughter, Janet (Scott) Zechel of Sauk City, Wis.; 21 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; her brothers, Albert (Judy) Lippens of Hyde, Adolph (Phyllis) Lippens Jr. of Gladstone, Joseph (Joyce) Lippnes of Schaffer and John Lippens of Escanaba; her sisters, Mary (John) Geniesse of Menominee, Germaine (Dwaine) Taylor of Flat Rock, Bernice (Richard) Caron of Escanaba, Rita (Russell) Taylor of Escanaba and Barb (Gary) Sheedlo of Gladstone and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brothers, Ben, Phil and Rene Lippens, sister, Alice Solis, granddaughter, Elizabeth Barron, grandsons, Bruce Barron and Mark Meyers and daughter-in-law, Willy Barron, late wife of Clifford Barron.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 14, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, March 15, at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Flat Rock with Fr. Francis Dobrzenski officiating. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall. Irene will be laid to rest in the Escanaba Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Salvation Army.

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