Irene S. Wolnski
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Irene S. Wolnski
  • June 14, 1915 - October 30, 2017
  • Lombard, Illinois

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Wolnski, Irene Of Lombard, Ill., born Helen Irene Sheppard in Salem, N.J. on June 14, 1915 died peacefully on October 30, 2017. Daughter of Jesse T. and Grace Beulah (Fowser) Sheppard. Married in Salem, N.J. to Alfred J. Wolnski II on Oct. 30, 1937. Married 60 years, her husband died December 1997. Predeceased in death by sisters Alice (Justin) McCarthy and Betty (George) Ochs and brother William (Katherine) Fowser. Mother to Alfred J. (Janet Chalmers) Wolnski III, Robert Wolnski., Joseph (Jane Christino) Wolnski, and Elizabeth (Brian J) Summers. Grandmother of AJ (Grace Giattina) Wolnski IV, Karen (Mark) Stacy, Laura (Kevin) McDonald, Peter (Amy Wert) Wolnski, Susan (Beatty) Richardson, Brian P (Tracy Buchholz) Summers, Katherine (Doug) Schmitt, and Kevin (Kate Palm) Summers. Great Grandmother to 22; Great Great Grandmother to six. Graduated in 1936 from the University of Alabama. She moved many times over Mr. Wolnski's career as a civil engineer. They resided in 11 different states ultimately retiring in North Port, Fla. Platinum Circle member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, serving as alumnae club president and recipient of the Pearl Court Award. Life-long member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) serving as Vice Regent and Regent. An honorary lifetime member of the Lombard Woman's Club with officer positions and two terms as president and delegate to the IFWC convention. She received the 1995 Lady of the Year from the Ladies of the Elks, North Port, Fla. Lodge 2632. Always active in her church, she is an honorary lifetime member of the San Pedro Catholic Church (Fla.) Ladies Guild, was a Women in the Church representative and secretary of the Council of Catholic Women. Volunteer at Lombard Historical Museum, DuPage Convalescent Home, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Guild, and Lombard Donut Day chairperson. At Beacon Hill Residence Mrs. Wolnski was a library committee member, residence Wing Leader, Vice President, President of the Residence Council and general volunteer. Hosting political fundraising coffees also occupied her time. When not volunteering, Mrs. Wolnski spent her spare time golfing, bowling and playing in four weekly bridge clubs. She began watercolor painting in her 90s. Special thanks to the Beacon Hill Health Center staff and Peace Hospice. Services are private. Please make memorial contributions to Peace Hospice & Palliative Care, 1717 N Naper Blvd, Suite 301, Naperville, Ill 60563.