Irene S. GILL, Monticello, Indiana, was born Irene Edna Sweeney on February 4th, 1930 in Greig, New York to the late William and Ruth (Plato) Sweeney. Her six siblings were Peggy, Bob, Stan, Janet, Linda, and Susan.
After graduating Glenfield High School, Irene attended Utica School of Commerce. After working as a secretary in Utica she moved to Washington D.C. where she worked in the Pentagon for the Department of the Navy.
While working in Washington, D.C., she met Airman 3rd Class James B. Gill who was stationed at Langley Air Force Base. After a fifteen month courtship they were married on June 6th, 1953 in Glenfield, New York. After they were married, Irene worked in an office at Langley Air Force Base.
After Jims discharge from the Air Force, they lived in California, Pennsylvania, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Monticello, Gas City, and China before retiring and returning to Monticello, Indiana.
While in Monticello, Irene worked for H & R Block and at a private preschool.
Irene loved to travel both nationally and internationally. She traveled often to see her family, her grandchildren, and she and Jim made many trips overseas.
Irene was a part of a gourmet group. It consisted of several couples that took turns fixing dinner together. They took turns hosting the dinners at their own homes. She often shared the different recipes with her children. The women from the gourmet group took Irene out to lunch or had lunch with her until visitors were no longer allowed at White Oak.
Irene was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church where she volunteered in numerous activities within the Church. She was also a member of Tri Kappa.
Irene loved to bake and her children and grandchildren couldnt wait to get some of "grandmas famous cinnamon rolls" and her baked Alaska.
Irene is survived by her five children, Jim (Debbie) Gill of Appleton, WI, Sandy (Chuck) Kubly of Monticello, Cindy (Bill) Isom of Monticello, Pam (Jerry) Ellender of Carlisle, OH, and Paul (Stacy) Gill of Fort Wayne; and grandchildren Jamie Gill, Adam Gill, Riley (Megan) Kubly, Kelsey Kubly, Chris (Amanda) Isom, Sara Isom, Mark (Martha) Isom, Hanna (Sean) Manahan, Abby Ellender, Molly Ellender, Blake Ellender, Brenna Gill, AJ Gill, Jack Gill; and great grandchildren Miriam Isom, Walter Isom, Edith Isom, Porter Manahan, Evelyn Irene Manahan, Julian Isom, Henry Kubly.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jim whom she was married to for 62 years.
Our family would like to thank all the staff of White Oak/Legacy Health Care. They treated her like family, which was always comforting to us.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11am, on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church with Father Chris Miller celebrating. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to Mass at the church.
Burial will follow in Riverview I.O.O.F. Cemetery in rural Monticello.
Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church or the Alzheimer's Association
Funeral arrangements are entrusted with Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home.