We are sad to announce the passing of Irene F. Stannard, a lifelong resident of Ilion, who passed away peacefully on November 16, 2022, with her family and friends by her side, at the age of 87.
Irene was born on January 22, 1935, a daughter of the late William and Frances (Denslow) Kellogg. Irene met the love of her life, Donald G. Stannard, when the two were children, and later in life they were married on October 10, 1959 at St. Mary’s Church in Frankfort.
Irene and Don spent sixty-three loving years together and enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and friends and also sharing a common love of the New York Yankees. They were blessed with one son, Donald W. Standard, who unfortunately passed in the summer of 2020.
Irene graduated from Frankfort High School in 1953 and worked for Utica Fire Insurance for 25 years, after which she joined her husband, Don, in his sign company business as his right-hand. She was of the Catholic faith and was a longtime parishioner of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion.
Irene was well-known throughout her neighborhood and welcomed everyone with a smile. She was predeceased by both of her parents, her son, Donnie, and her brother, William Henry Kellogg.
Survivors include her loving husband, Donald G. Stannard; her godchild, Sonya E. Young; her neighborhood family, including Roland Spohn and Vickie and John Pagnotta; along with a host of other friends and family members.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation for Irene on Tuesday morning, November 22, 2022 from 10:30AM – 12NOON at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home’s larger location at 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 895-7722. Irene’s funeral service will commence on Tuesday at 12NOON at the funeral home, immediately upon the conclusion of visitation, with Deacon James Bower officiating. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, where Irene will be laid to rest along with her son, Donnie. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Ilion Elks Club.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions in Irene’s name to the Ilion Fire Dept., Ambulance Fund, Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Irene’s final wishes were pre-arranged and entrusted to the Enea, Ciaccia and Applegate Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com.