Irene peacefully passed away on January 12, 2021 in Bayville, New York. She was buried on January 13th at the Temple Beth Shalom Cemetery in Florida, NY.
Mother, wife, grandmother, teacher, reader, writer, traveler, spiritualist. She was a gift to this world.
She is survived by her husband Mark, three sons, five grandchildren, and sister and brother-in-law Jacques and Ethel Hemsi. She loved her three sons beyond all else (Zachary, Jordan and Jesse). Her five grandsons and one granddaughter were a close second (Samuel, Joshua, Benjamin, Noah, Cameron and Kaia).
Irene was born in Minneapolis on January 27, 1945. Moved to Omaha with her parents Rose and Marvin Sabis. She graduated Omaha’s Central High in 1963 and the University of Wisconsin in 1967. She earned her master’s degree from CW Post (Long Island, New York). She was an excellent teacher and writer. She loved teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) most. Irene eventually retired from her beloved position at CW post.
Irene lived a full happy life visiting her grandchildren, traveling the world, studying spirituality and writing. She especially loved the middle east. She always said she had a deep attraction to it and it just felt like home. Sadly, her lifelong dream of visiting Iran was never realized.
Irene was a special person that was generous of heart, soul and with her time. She was kind and possessed a wonderful smile and infectious laugh. She donated to those in need and protected those with little power. Later in her career, she volunteered as a reading teacher for mentally challenged young men. She called it her Book Club. She loved her students and they loved her deeply. Irene was also a volunteer correspondent for prisoners through the Edgar Casey Institute prisoner exchange program.
In lieu of flowers or other items, please send donations to the breast cancer research foundation of your choice.
This world lost a wonderful person that added goodness and humanity to our world. She will be missed by all.
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