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Irene Louise (Mort) Welch

June 19, 1939 ~ March 14, 2019 (age 79)

Irene Louise (Mort) Welch, 79, Beloved wife, of 39 years, of Donald L. Welch, passed away on Thursday March 14, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Born on June 19, 1939 in Springfield, MA, she was a lifelong resident of Springfield. Irene was a private child care worker for several years working with many families in the Springfield area. She helped raise a neighborhood of kids and guide them onto the right paths in life. Many considered her a second mother or grandmother. Irene was there to help friends and neighbors whenever they needed her. She was a former parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church in Springfield. Irene loved her family and enjoyed having all the family gatherings, holiday celebrations and other special events at her home.  Her gatherings were well received because she was an excellent cook. She leaves behind her husband, Donald and her loving daughter, Kathy Fortin (Richard) all of Springfield; 4 cherished grandchildren, Jessica Robbins, Adam Joubert, Donald Welch, and Nicholas Joubert; and the apple of her eye, her great grandson, Samuel McVeigh. Family and friends will gather on Tuesday, March 19, for a period of visitation from 10 – 11 a.m. at Hafey Springfield Chapels, 494 Belmont Ave., followed by a committal service and burial at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 1601 State St., Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in Irene’s memory may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St. Springfield, MA 01104.

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