Irene went to be with her heavenly Father on November 6, 2018. She was born in Fall River, MA but grew up in Rhode Island. She learned to play the piano in her teens and became an accomplished pianist. She played for her high school functions, at hotels, and other venues. She continued to play all her life for enjoyment, even playing a few days before her passing. She loved to act and was in numerous plays. Irene enjoyed singing, sang in her church choir, and eventually sang with the Sweet Adelines in St. Petersburg, FL. She was part of a quartet and these ladies traveled the southeast competing and having a ball. Irene enjoyed sewing and made a lot of her clothes, her daughter’s outfits, doll clothes, and many costumes for her singing group. She worked in a bank when she was first married to Harry Wolthoff, the love of her life, who predeceased her. They were happily married for over 58 years. She also worked as a secretary to several school principals at Lealman Junior High and St. Petersburg High School. After Harry’s passing, Irene volunteered at a Hospice Thrift Store which she looked forward to. She is predeceased by not only her loving husband Harry, but a sister, Alice Wolthoff, a nephew, as well as many wonderful brother and sister in laws. She is survived by her daughter, Laurie Wolthoff Kelsey and her husband, Bob. She also leaves behind her granddaughter, Allison Kelsey, her children Madeline and Christopher; her grandson Brock Kelsey, his wife Niki, and their children Austin, Hailey, and Collin. She has one remaining sister in law Ellie Wolthoff, and many loving nieces and nephews. She was loved by so many besides her family and she will be missed terribly. Irene was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. A private family service will be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to either
1.Suncoast Hospice Foundation
5771 Roosevelt Blvd. Clearwater, FL 3376
2. VITAS Community Connection
2201 Lucien Way Suite 100
Maitland, FL 32751