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Irene Theresa Smigelski

September 10, 1919 — September 18, 2022

Irene T. Smigelski, age 103, was called home to her Lord on Sunday, September 18th, 2022. She was born on September 10th, 1919, in Alpena Michigan to Joseph and Cecelia Stoppa. She graduated 8th grade from St. Mary’s School and was a life-long member of St. Mary’s All Saints Catholic Church.

On October 9th, 1971, she married Thomas J. Smigelski at Alpena Felician Sisters’ Convent with the Reverend Raymond Mulka officiating. Her husband preceded her in death on January 23rd, 1975.

Irene was employed for 48 years as a factory worker at the Alpena Garment Factory, Fraser Product company, Detroit Gasket Company, and the TBG Service Incorporated. She retired on April 30th, 1983.

She is survived by one brother, David W. of Alpena, three sister-in-laws; Mrs. Betty (Joe) Stoppa, Mrs. Lorna (David) Stoppa, Mrs. Margaret (Clarence) Piontkowski, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by four sisters; Rose, Vivian, Esther, and Sr. Mary Edwardine, six brothers; Edward, Ralph, Benjamin (Puddy), Joseph, Eugene (Chick), and Richard.

As a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Mrs. Smigelski was the past President of the Rosary Society, Captain of Group 17, a Eucharistic Minister for the homebound, Sacristin and Handmaid of the Altar, and member of the adult choir. She served as a past President and member of the local UAW 1280.

Family and friends will gather for visitation at Karpus Hunter & Ross Funeral Home from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022 with the Rosary Society praying the Rosary at 4 p.m. and the Parish Prayer Service beginning at 7 p.m. Visitation continues on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022 at St. Mary Catholic Church of All Saints Parish from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. when the mass of Christian Burial begins with Fr. Tyler Bischoff officiating.

Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery


Memorials may be made to Friends Choice or All Saints Catholic School in memory of Irene.


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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Sunday, September 25, 2022

3:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Karpus Hunter & Ross Funeral Home

516 W Chisholm St. , Alpena, MI 49707

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Prayer of Rosary

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Starts at 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

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516 W Chisholm St. , Alpena, MI 49707

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Parish Prayer Service

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Starts at 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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516 W Chisholm St. , Alpena, MI 49707

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Visitation

Monday, September 26, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Service

Monday, September 26, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Graveside

Monday, September 26, 2022

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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