Irene Marie Blair

| April 30, 2018

Irene Marie Blair, 90, of Polk, passed away on Friday morning, April 27, 2018, at her son’s residence in Franklin.

Born April 23, 1928, in Franklin, Irene was the daughter of the late Ormand T. and Leah M. Beers Wentworth. She was married to Dana E. Blair, who preceded her in death.

Prior to her retirement, Irene worked at Polk Center as a Physical Therapy Aide. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Franklin.

Mrs. Blair recently celebrated her 90th birthday. She was considered the “Matriarch” of her family, and the joys of her life were all of her grandchildren. Irene enjoyed camping at Vacation Land in Sandy Lake and Kibbe Island in Tionesta, spent many winters vacationing in Florida, and also enjoyed traveling abroad and spending time in Paris. Irene was an avid outdoors person and loved to fish, garden, and birdwatch. She also enjoyed knitting and made afghans for all her children and grandchildren.

Irene is survived by her son, Thomas A. Blair, of Franklin; her daughter, Marcia L. Blair, of Polk; her daughter-in-law, Sue Blair, of Franklin; her eight grandchildren, Richard T. Blair of Franklin, Robert C. Blair of Oil City, Kimberly S. McDonough of Hawaii, Jason T. Blair of Grove City, Chad M. Blair of Pittsburgh, Scott Say of Meadville, Neisha S. Neal of Meadville, and Leisa A. Stellman of Ocean City, MD; her nine great-grandchildren; and her three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her two sisters, Betty Rhoads and her husband, Miles, of Franklin, and Marcella Marshall of Polk.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Blair was preceded in death by her son, Robert Blair; her brother, Wayne Wentworth; and her sister, Eloise Hoover.

Family and friends of Irene will be received at the Gardinier Funeral Home, Inc., 1315 Chestnut Street, Franklin on Tuesday, May 1, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m, and also from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2. Funeral Services will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 2, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David Smith, pastor of the Franklin Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Interment will be in Franklin Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made in Irene’s memory to her church – the Church of the Nazarene, 393 Pone Lane, Franklin PA 16323; and/or to the charity of one’s choice.

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