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Irene C. Giello
March 5, 1934 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Irene Christine Zarick Giello, age 89, a lifetime resident of Dunmore, PA
went to meet our Lord and Savior on January 5, 2024.
She was born to the late Joseph and Dorothy Olzewski Zarick in Scranton,
PA on March 5, 1934. Graduated Dunmore High School in 1951. She was
married to the late Frank C. Giello and they celebrated 56 years of
marriage prior to his passing in 2008.
Irene was also preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa Giello Lopatka,
Duyrea, and her two sisters Dorothy Zarick Walsh, Scranton, Dolores
“Timmy” Zarick Capoocia, Dunmore and her son-in-laws, William J.
Gallagher, Dunmore and William M. Wassell, MD, New Iberia, LA.
Irene is survived by her son, Bill “Fish” Giello, wife Dawn Sandy Giello,
Dunmore, daughter, Irene Giello Wassell, New Iberia, LA and her brother,
Joseph “Sonny” Zarick, Dunmore. In addition she has 5 Grandchildren that
are her pride and joy. They are Candice Lynne Gallagher, Los Angeles,CA,
Joseph John Lopatka, Lebanon, NJ, Deidre Gallagher, New Orleans, LA,
Gabrielle Giello Van Wie, husband Patrick Joseph Van Wie, Scranton,
Chelsea Lopatka Erie, husband Nathan James Erie, Duyrea. Irene has 2
great-grandchildren Oliver Patrick Van Wie, Scranton and Emilia Marie
Erie, Duryea. She is also survived by her son-in-law, John Lopatka, Duryea
and numerous nieces, nephews and their children.
During her lifetime, Irene worked at the Bell Telephone Company, and
along with her husband Frank, she was the proprietor of Giello’s Market in
Dunmore before working at the CMC Hospital, Housekeeping Department.
Irene passed on her love of cooking to her children and grandchildren. She
was an avid book reader, reading up to ten novels per week. Listening to
her favorite music was another gift that she shared with family and friends.
Her love for the New York Yankees was only second to her devotion for
animals especially her pets.
Most of all, Irene cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all
of which have given her immense joy in her golden years as she watched
them grow into adulthood and secure her legacy.
A most loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, grandmother, Irene was
an advocate for whomever was in need. Irene leaves only beautiful
memories of a life well lived.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Chris Burke and
the entire staff at Compassionate Care Hospice, Scranton PA that cared
for Irene for the past several years.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name
to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, S. Abington
Township, PA 18411 or “Trap Dat Cat” www.trapdatcat.org
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday January 11, 2024
at 11:00 AM in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 303 Smith St., Dunmore PA.
Interment to follow at Dunmore Cemetary.
Friends and family may pay their respects on Thursday January 11, 2024
from 9:00 to 10:30 AM at Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, 318 E.
Drinker St., Dunmore, PA