Irene H. Burley
Lake, Manistique, Mich., died
Thursday, May 31, 2012, at her home.
She was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Manistique, the daughter of John and Angela (Sienkiewicz) Barnes and was a graduate of Manistique High School with the Class of 1942.
On March 2, 1946, the former
Irene H. Barnes married John E.
Burley in Manistique. They made their home in Manistique Heights and moved to the Green Bay, Wis., area in 1967. Following John’s retirement, they moved back to the Manistique area and were able to enjoy their summers at Smith Lake and their winters in Arizona. John preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 2005.
Irene was employed as a telephone operator during her younger years, worked as an executive secretary in Detroit during the war years, and later worked as a secretary for the Boy Scouts while living in the Green Bay area. She always championed for the Boy Scouts.
She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Church of Manistique and Bishop Baraga Circle. She was also a member of GFWC Manistique Women’s Club and formerly the Wednesday Circle. She enjoyed golfing, arts and crafts, baking, reading, sewing and staying active. She loved to decorate and entertain. Irene was a gracious, gentle person who never had a bad word to say about others.
Irene is survived by her son, Rick (Judy) Burley of Ashwaubenon, Wis.; daughters, Barbara (Mike) Belland of Oconomowoc, Wis., Carla Burley of Milwaukee, Wis., and Kim Cornette of Green Bay; grandchildren, Robert Noe, Sarah (Gannon) Sullivan, Alex Cook, Angela (Michael Kamke) Cornette, Stephanie Cornette, Jessica (Chris) Atkinson and Brianna Burley; great grandchildren, Cassie Noe, Theo Noe, Michael John Kamke and Olive Irene Atkinson; brother, Robert (Donna) Barnes of New Berlin, Wis.; sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Slining of Manistique and Jenny (Tom) Zuehlke of Sandy, Utah; along with several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Sandra Hughson of Menominee Falls, Wis.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John Jr., Frank, George, Joseph, Adolph and Carl Barnes; and sisters, Anna Larsen, Margaret Smith and Mary Toyra.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday, June 8, at Messier- Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique with parish liturgical prayers to follow at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 9, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Manistique with Father Glenn Theoret officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery at Manistique.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.