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Irene Gloria (Humes) Whitman

NORTH CANAAN —  Irene Gloria (Humes) Whitman, 89, of 41 Reed Street, passed on at the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Canaan.  Irene was the wife of the late James Whitman.  She was born August 26, 1932, in Hudson, New York, daughter of the late Andrew and Mabel (Eglin) Humes Jr.

Irene worked for over 30 years as a private duty care-giver around the Northwest Corner of the state.  She had graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village.  Irene then attended St. Margaret Hospital in Albany, New York to become a nanny.  Irene loved to do anything outdoors.  In earlier years she enjoyed biking, hiking, and nature walks.  As her family grew she was always so pleased to spend time with them. It was that time together that was so special to her.  She also enjoyed music, especially Polish Polka music.  In later years Irene enjoyed the simple pleasure of sitting on her back porch.

She is survived by her children:  Kenneth Whitman and his wife Terry of Ancram, New York; Lawrence Whitman of Sharon; Norma Jean Winslow and her husband James of Punta Gorda, Florida; Leslie Whitman of Canaan, and Emily Whitman of Westfield, Massachusetts.  Irene is also survived by  her granddaughter Sarah Whitman and great-granddaughter Emma Hill.  She also leaves her nieces Lynne Stanton and her husband William; Noreen Fahey; and Eileen Coons; her sister-in-law Jackie Eglin.  Irene was predeceased by her grandson Kenneth Whitman II; sister Grace Killmer; and two brothers Andrew and Charles Humes.

Graveside services will be held on June 4, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. in Mountain View Cemetery, Sand Road, North Canaan.  There are no calling hours.  Memorial donations may be made to Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 99 South Canaan Rd., Canaan, CT 06018.  Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home, 118 Main St., Canaan, CT 06018.

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