Obituary of Irene T. Phelps
Irene T. Phelps (nee Taylor), 91, of West Deptford, New Jersey, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Irene was a resident of West Deptford since 1960. Devoted to her faith, Irene was a longtime active parishioner of St. Matthew’s RC Church in National Park. Irene shared her faith with Marriage Encounter, Cursillo, prayer group and many young children of the parish as a CCD teacher. She also was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, PTA and the bookkeeper at St. Matt’s for many years.
With her loving, kind and compassionate nature, Irene made an impact on so many lives. She was selfless and generous of her time and her talents by volunteering with Gloucester County ARC and donating knitted blankets to preemies that she lovingly knitted herself. Family members will cherish blankets, sweaters and booties that were knitted by her skilled hands.
But more than anything, Irene treasured the time spent with her family…especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a knack with numbers and dates and nothing made your day more than Irene reaching out to you with a meaningful card and phone call to make your day even more special. Her Happy Birthday voice messages were sure to bring a smile and virtual hug.
Beloved wife of the late Edward J. Phelps, Jr.; devoted mother of Edward III (Leslie), Richard W. (Deborah), Jean Phelps (Bobbie Schultz), Dorothy (Daniel) Haggerty, Robert J., John F., James T. (Debra), Maryanne (Carl) Maier and Thomas P. (Linda); loving grandmom of Jamie (Greg) Black, Edward IV (Catherine), David (Brittani), Rich (Julia), Renee (Trae) Toliver, Amy (David) Lemmon, Scott, Amanda, Jennifer (Stephen Williams), Brenna (Jimmy Reed), Brittny (Zach) May, James Thomas Jr., Shannon, Erin, Meghan, Trisha, Jeffrey Unangst, Mitchell (Gloria), Doug (Morgan) and great grandmom of Rosemary, Quinn, Theodore, Wesley, Sienna, Ava, Keira, Gloria, Daniel, David, Landon, Lucas, Olivia, Gavin, Mason, Jaxson, Bryce, Reed, Nora, Isabella, Peyton, Nicholas, Miley and Sladen; dear sister of Jean Millione and the late Dorothy Holby; dear sister in law of Richard William (Judith) Phelps and the late Alice Lingswiler, Veronica Lynch and Marie Smith.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Irene's viewing on Tuesday evening 9/13, 6:30 – 9:00 PM and Wednesday morning, 9/14, 8:30 – 10:00 AM at the McGuinness Funeral Home, 34 Hunter Street, Woodbury, NJ . Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, 11:00 AM at Holy Angels Parish at St. Matthew's RC Church, 4th and Monument Avenue National Park, NJ. Interment at New Saint Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr, NJ.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Irene’s name to Gloucester County ARC at www.thearcgloucester.org.
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