Irene S. Pipe

March 29, 2013

WATERTOWN, N.Y.   Irene S. Pipe, 103, of County Route 16, town of Pamelia, died Friday, March 29, at her home.

Calling hours will be held 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown, followed by the funeral service at the funeral home at noon with Rev. Steven Murray, Holy Family Church, officiating. Burial will be in North Watertown Cemetery .

Born March 28, 1910, in Watertown, a daughter of Fred and Cora Eddy Snell, she graduated from Watertown High School in 1928.

She married Walter J. Pipe on June 19, 1938, in Scranton, Pa., He died March 22, 2000.

For five years Irene was a long distance operator for New York Telephone Co., and for nine years she was a clerk in the receiving department at Empsall's Department Store, both in Watertown.

Mrs. Pipe was a member of Stone Presbyterian Church and the Fidalias Club. 

She was a past Brownie Leader, and she enjoyed gardening, reading, knitting and spending time on the River and Lake . It is remarkable that Irene lived in her own home and lived to 103 years independently. Irene's proudest accomplishment in her long life was her loving family. She always did things her way.

Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Judith A. and William D. Brenon, Watertown; son-in-law, Richard Gaffney, Watertown; daughter-in-law, Susan Pipe, Watertown; 7 grandchildren and spouses; 16 great grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren and spouses and four step-great-grandchildren. 

Besides her husband, Walter, she was predeceased by her son, Jon W. Pipe, May 23, 2010, her daughter, Linda I. Gaffney, December 21, 2009, her brother, Justin "Judd" Snell, March 19, 2011, and her sister, Mary Snell, in infancy.

Donations in her name may be made to the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation, PO Box 310, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538.

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