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NEW MIDDLETOWN – Irene Mary Emrich, 69, passed away peacefully Monday evening, March 31, 2014, at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Irene was born March 18, 1945, in Youngstown, to the late John and Clara Szucs.

She was a 1963 graduate of Chaney High School and a 1968 graduate of Youngstown State University.

Irene was married to her lifelong sweetheart, her beloved husband of 48 years, John Emrich, of New Middletown. Irene was a loving mother to son John (Susan), who resides in Monroe, N.C., with their children Evan and Amy, and son, Konrad (Kellie), who lives in Brecksville with their children Kaden and Kya.

Irene was preceded in death by infant son James.

She is also survived by her sister, Marge Remner of Sewickley Pa.

Irene dedicated her life’s work to over 30 years of teaching for the Youngstown City Schools, having taught at The Rayen School and Chaney High School. She found joy spending time actively involved in the lives of her four grandchildren, who called her Nana. Irene derived pride in the accomplishments and families of her seven godchildren. She loved music and played piano. Irene always tried to find the best in everyone and wanted to provide one last gift by donating her corneas to provide sight to another person.

Irene was a member of the Red Hat Society, many local book clubs and often volunteered at Hospice of the Mahoning Valley and the City Mission. Irene was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of New Middletown.

In keeping with Irene’s wishes, there were no funeral services.

The family is requesting in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in Irene’s name to Cleveland Eye Bank, 6700 Euclid Ave., Suite 101, Cleveland, OH 44103.

Guestbook Entries

“John, My heartfelt condolence with the passing of Irene ! Sincerely, Ted”

 » Ted Terlesky on April 13, 2014

“Irene was truly one of the nicest people I've ever known. I am so sorry for your loss.”

 » Karen Meredith McIlveen on April 13, 2014

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“One of the finest ladies to grace the campus of Youngstown University. A person of quality, Irene Szucs was a true Pershing Rifle Queen, who brought the best out in all of us.”

 » James E. Carlisle on April 13, 2014

“My deepest sympathy to the Emrich family. I worked with Irene at Chaney, what a wonderful lady and teacher!”

 » Joanne Coppola on April 14, 2014

“My sincerest sympathies to you all. I was Irenes' water aerobic instructor at Ursuline for 15 years . I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know I will be thinking and praying for you all . ”

 » Jenny Wehr on April 15, 2014


“Thank you all for your comments on an outstanding women, wife, mother, and friend.”

 » John Emrich on April 24, 2014

“John and Family: Please add my condolences to those of many who knew all at various times in life. Your loss is felt by many. Marg (Schubert) Whitmore”

 » Margaret Whitmore on May 5, 2014

“John and family, we just found out from dotty melody in December that Irene had passed away. We are so sorry and want you to know we will always remember her as the terrific person she was. We had some good times.”

 » Rich & Joanne testa on March 13, 2015

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