Brattleboro - Irene L. Pollica, 80, of Landmark Hill Drive passed away Monday afternoon, February 27, 2017 at Pine Heights Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Irene was born in Burlington, Vermont on October 2, 1936 the daughter of Antonio and Diana (Dionne) Leclaire. She came to Brattleboro with her family when she was three years old and was raised and educated in town attending Saint Michael's Parochial School.
At the tender age of fourteen she went to work at the former Berkshire Fine Spinning Associates and later for the Brattleboro Reformer. Her last position was at the former Colonial Motel where she worked as a desk clerk for the motel.
A devout Catholic, Irene was a lifelong communicant of Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Church. She was a faithful and devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother whose life centered around her family.
Irene was first married to Donald R. Pollica in Brattleboro on April 24, 1954. Her husband of 45 years predeceased her on March 7, 2000. She later married William E. Kirkwood, Sr. on December 15, 2001 in Bradenton, Florida, who survives.
Besides her husband of 15 years survivors include her five sons, Donald Jr, Dennis, Mark, Rick and Darryl Pollica, one brother, Marcel Leclaire, two sisters, Marie Rabideau and Jeanne Lyons.
Additionally she leaves nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by five brothers, Henry, Norman, Leo, Rene, and Richard Leclaire, and four sisters, Gertrude Raymond, Anita Doucette Stacy, Mary Castine and Jeanine Smith, and two half-sisters, Annette Marchant and Yvette Brouillard.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11:00 A.M. at Saint Michael's Catholic Church with Fr. Justin Baker, pastor, celebrant. Burial in Saint Michael's Parish Cemetery will be April 29, 2017.
Memorial contributions in Irene's name may be made to Saint Michael's School, 48 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 in care of Elaine Beam, principal.