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“To our sweet Aunt Irene who was my godmother as well. Will always remember your hair and makeup always perfect and always in a dress with nylons....Read More »
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“Dear Auntie,What joy you have brought to our lives. You had no children of your own, but you embraced your nieces and nephews. You never missed a...Read More »
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Irene Stack, age 89 of Warren, died Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Gilbert Residence Nursing Facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She was born October 23, 1928 in Detroit, the daughter of the late Frank and the late Agnes (Jaesch) Ortman.

Along with being a doting wife and homemaker, Irene was also elated to be a part of the work-world where she was employed as a packer for the New Era Chip Company in Detroit. Just imagine,…her job was working with potato chips all day! How sweet is that? (Or salty, as it were.) Got a Coca-Cola? So her mission each day was to help pack potato chips for delivery to the markets, which also means she was packaging "Happiness in a Bag" for the thousands of chip lovers that New Era served. She loved her job, worked hard to fulfill each day's tasks, and was an extremely dedicated and loyal employee.

Yet for as much as Irene understood the meaning of hard work ethics, she also knew the importance of achieving balance in life which took its forms in the pastimes and associations she enjoyed away from the job. One of the main attractions for Irene was found in her love for "Sports in the D,"…specifically through the efforts of her beloved Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings. Between her "Boys of Summer" sporting their Old English "D," and her ice warriors clad in their infamous Winged Wheel, each month of the year afforded Irene the pleasures of watching her boys and feeding that sports appetite within.

Another of Irene's favorite things to do was eating out. Though she wasn't necessarily picky about where she dined, there was no mistaking that Andreas Garden Restaurant in Warren was often the "choice-du-jour." Food is good no matter how it makes its way into your belly, but when somebody else does the preparing, and the eventual dishwashing,…it simply makes the dining experience so much more appealing, as it did for Irene. That,…plus sharing a meal with a loved one or friend makes the whole event a special blessing.

For those who knew Irene, they'll be able to attest to what an outgoing and gregarious personality she possessed, and how it infused those around her with joy and elation. Whether through the many parties she attended or the various social events that ushered her into the company of others, there was never a doubt that Irene was truly the "life of the party!" Some will reflect on the warm and engaging chats they shared with her,…some will get a chuckle when they recall the jokes passed around,…but ALL will remember, with exceeding joy, that hale & hearty laugh of hers that always filled the room,…and the many hearts that surrounded her at the time. Irene possessed one of those beautifully infectious laughs that brought you along for the ride, even if you were having a blue kind of day, and always left you happier than you were. There was no question,…Irene was, indeed, a "people-person" who fed off of the interaction she was blessed to share with others. She was also a proud member of the Elks Lodge #2292 of Warren where her social skills definitely made an impact and helped to bolster the camaraderie that permeated the organization. She loved gathering together with her fellow Elks and making a difference in the community.

Being a part of the community was also important to Irene as seen through the lens of her faith. Growing up in a Catholic home, Irene was christened, confirmed and received her first communion at Detroit's, Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Later she would join her mother as they made their new church home at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church in Detroit. Irene had a deep and abiding faith that guided her through life and was the rock on which she stood. As a Warren resident, Irene chose St. Sylvester Catholic Church as her new home and spent many years as a parishioner at the church. She was an active member and supporter that poured her heart into the church and enjoyed the fellowship of the many friends she made along the way,.

Irene also loved going on car rides, especially in her Golden Years when driving became challenged. Each and every opportunity she was given to hop in the car and share a ride with someone was a highlight of the day. But it wasn't just a blessing for Irene. You see,…whoever was behind the wheel was helping to provide Irene with a special treat, but chances were good that they would be coming away laughing their butt off in the process. It was truly a win-win scenario for both parties.

Yet of all the joys that Irene coveted, none were as cherished and treasured as the moments she shared making wonderful memories with her siblings, nieces and nephews. Not having children of her own, Irene held precious the familial relationships that enveloped her life,…and she was always grateful for the love of her brothers & sisters, as well as the blessings found in her niece, Debbie and her nephew, Brian,…and dear friend, Marvin. Though her life was filled with much that brought her joy and pleasure, it was "family" that reigned supreme. She leaves a legacy of love that shall never be forgotten, and will forever be embraced with each reflection shared. Irene touched a multitude of hearts and souls this side of Heaven,…may she, now, rest in peace on the other side, safe in the arms of God.

Irene was the beloved wife of the late Robert. Dear sister of Rita Kobylarz, Gerald (Nancy) Ortman, Kenneth Ortman, the late Norbert, the late Richard, the late Sylvia, and the late Jean. Cherished aunt to her precious nephew and niece, Brian (Marvin) Kobylarz and Debbie Kobylarz, as well as her many other nieces, nephews, grand nieces & nephews, and great-grand nieces & nephews. She is also survived by several other loving family members and friends.

Visitation for Irene will be held Wednesday, May

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